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“Basic cafe with a bizarre clothing section”
Review of Cafe Ricara - CLOSED

Cafe Ricara
Restaurant details
Havant, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Basic cafe with a bizarre clothing section”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

This cafe is independently run and the food was typical cafe fare... paninis, jacket potatoes, quiches, sandwiches and cakes, all quite tasty and reasonable value. Plenty of staff but the sheer activity and ergonomics of the food preparation and wash-up area looked awkward and there were lots of opportunities for staff collisions. In full view from my table, I saw dirty crockery piling up on the side and a panel missing off the front of the dishwasher. The layout of tables was rather regimented and I felt like I was eating in a thoroughfare; it wasn't a relaxing experience. I'm not certain food and clothing go together - I imagine the clothing could become infused with food smells. I perceived it either as a desperate attempt to diversify or an unwillingness to relinquish one type of business for another. I didn't really take to it and I don't think I'll be going back.

  • Visited September 2013
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English first
Waterlooville, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“a strange mix of things on sale!”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

I was in Chichester for a wonder around the shops and to go to the theatre. I wanted some lunch but nothing too heavy. I didn't want a meal or anything from a chain coffee shop
I came across Café Ricara by accident and although it was lunchtime it wasn't too busy. I went inside and was pleased to see notices that said to take a seat and choose from the menu then to place my order and pay at the counter.
I chose a cheese salad sandwich and diet cola. But as soon as I had I was tempted by the delicious cakes on display. Maybe I will visit again next time I am in Chichester and go for the cakes
The service was good with lots of staff on hand. I noticed that one male staff member went to open the door for a lady struggling with a pushchair which you wouldn't get in a chain café
The sandwich was fresh and well filled
Oh - this also seems to be the place in Chichester that sells school uniforms etc. So a good pit-stop for busy families
I will definitely recommend this café to others and will certainly be visiting again

  • Visited August 2013
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