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“Hidden Gem”
Review of The Whim Wham Cafe - CLOSED

The Whim Wham Cafe
Price range: $4 - $17
Cuisines: British
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed May 23, 2014

Think I've found a hidden gem with the Whim Wham Cafe. Went last night and was happy to discover they've just launched a new menu. Delicate croquetes, keggeree fritters, pearl barley & roast fennel salads and they were just the starters. Food was delicious and well crafted, bringing traditional british into the modern age by adding freshness and recognising the existence of vegetarians! Oh and the cocktails were pretty fabulous too.

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Thank Jessica H
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Reviewed May 17, 2014 via mobile

Just had a fantastic margarita and great meal. Ace music and atmosphere. They play Jazz and blues music and it has the feeling of a speakeasy. Great work guys

Thank Jpcowell
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Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

First time, went for NYE with girlfriend... never again:
Pros:
+ Food decent and fairly interesting;
+ Live piano player/crooner;
+ Waiter wore a pocket watch;
+ Local business, unique 50s kitsch interior.

Cons:
- Sat by window with coats on because temperature was clearly below acceptable restaurant standards;
- Eventually asked for drinks order 20mins after being seated;
- asked to move because of cold. Got moved to another window seat, equally cold. Coats still on.
- Got asked for food order about 30mins after being RE-seated. Witnessed a couple walking out because of similar delay.
- waitress was unwelcoming, seemed put-out when we requested service
- live music didn't get started till just before we were leaving about 22:00. No atmosphere till then.
- Clearly under staffed for NYE... but not really that busy.
- girlfriend unhappy.
- with the above considered, food was over priced and pretentious.
- they DONT respond to feedback... If you scroll down comments on Trip Advisor someone else complains about heating the previous year, and they promise to fix it. Epic fail.

It's was new years for christ sake!

Thank Pete M
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Reviewed May 4, 2014

If you can get past the unusual decor, that in the cold light of day is somewhat 'strange' (no offence intended - all a matter of taste) - this is a great little place right in the heart of everything. We went for a pre theatre meal and drinks - intrigued by the 'Gin Palace' sign and website. Food was very good - we are both veggies and it is very hard to find good quality food that suits us - the menu is quality rather than quantity, but what we had (2 courses for £14) was excellent. The cocktails are expensive - but well worth it - very delicious! Unfortunately couldn't stay later but would think that later in the evening with live music this place must be even better.

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Thank Katfish_7
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Reviewed April 28, 2014

We stopped here for a bite to eat ahead of a gig at the Gorilla which is just a little further up the road. The food was really nice and well-presented, pleasing both myself as a vegetarian and my carnivore partner which is no mean feat in of itself. They stock local beers and had an interesting selection of cocktails. The décor is a vintage theme with a lovely atmosphere and the staff were really friendly, I will defiantly drop in again.

Thank Paul G
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