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Cafe Picasso in Somerville-- Bad first impression

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Cafe Picasso in Somerville-- Bad first impression

Ted in Central NJ | Mar 18, 2007 01:49 PM

Cafe Picasso, located on Main St. in Somerville, has been in existence for perhaps 8 months, but I had never tried it. This restaurant's outward appearance certainly added some well-needed polish to that end of the street, near the "derelict shopping center", so my S.O. and I decided to drop in for coffee and cake yesterday afternoon. Although it is clearly a restaurant, a sign in the window said "espresso bar", so I figured that this would be a good way to check the place out.

Well, based on this experience, I doubt that I would return. Our order for one espresso, one regular coffee, and one slice of cake took an inordinately long period of time to prepare. And, when our order arrived, both the espresso and the coffee were only luke warm. My bad-tasting, weak espresso had the unmistakeable taste and odor of chlorine, so clearly the proprietors do not filter their water as an establishment that takes pride in its coffee should do. My S.O.'s coffee was apparently also reeking of chlorine and had an off-taste, or so I was told. The cake was decent, although it was nothing extraordinary.

The worst part was the bill--both trying to get it and the shock of seeing the total. The non-enumerated bill simply displayed the amount--$14.25, without any breakdown of the charges for each item. Now, perhaps I am behind the times, but it seems to me that this was a bit much for what we had ordered--especially given the quality of what we were served.

Since we were in a hurry, I did not question the amount of the bill, and I simply left $16.25 on the table as we departed. I consider this a relatively cheap way to become educated about the shortcomings of an establishment, despite the fact that we received poor value for that amount of money.

So--I am curious about other people's experiences with Cafe Picasso. Would you return?

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