Oak Room - recent review posted on behalf of Tess [known as 'TessPresso' on Twitter]:
Oak room, in my opinion, is the best cafe Melbourne has to offer. This claim is backed up by several observations.
Firstly, the quality of the service is evident from the moment one walks in through the door. Not only are you greeted with a smile, but the team at Oak Room will no doubt address you by your name if you are a returning customer. This small gesture sets the standards, regardless of how quiet or busy staff are. Customers are number one at Oak Room, and you automatically sense it. From then on, the entire experience is one of pleasure, from placing orders, learning about the coffees available, to the delivery of the end product.
Secondly, Oak room instinctively maintain their La Marzocco coffee machine in an immaculate condition. It displays as adoration and respect for the stand out element of this great establishment- the brown bean. Ken ensures he takes every step possible to deliver the best cup of coffee every time. A quick glance into the open kitchen further displays the upmost care taken to maintain clean and hygienic work stations and equipment.
Thirdly, Cartel Coffee is the bean of choice at Oak Room. From my experience, I have yet to have a bad coffee made by Nathan at Cartel. Flavor, Aroma, and Body of both Single Origins and Blends are exceptional. There is an art to roasting coffee, and Cartel has mastered it. Whether you are a fan of espresso, or filter coffee, Oak Room caters for each person