Ergo Cafe, Marion


date of visit: Saturday 14 September 2013

I walked past the very new Ergo a couple of weeks ago. It’s taken up the space previously occupied by McDonalds and has a very pared down, hipster coffee shop feel to it.

We’d dragged ourselves to Marion on a Saturday in the hope of buying the toddler some new sandals. I really should have rung ahead to see if the store had new stock in because it turned out that was a fruitless venture and we were both about to tear our hair out. But at least it gave us the opportunity to try out Ergo – so new* I can’t find a Facebook page, entry in the online white pages or even a mention on the Westfield site. Still, if you’re familiar with Marion, down the Woolworths end, opposite Charlesworths and where Maccas used to be.

There was an interesting selection of savoury and sweet snacks available and I was pleased to note that they weren’t all massive. So many places have such ridiculously large portions of cakes (in particular) that it just puts me off buying one.

Andy chose a caramel slice (here’s a question – do you call it a caramel slice or millionaire’s shortbread?) and I opted for the chocolate brownie. Andy rated the caramel slice far above other (more giant) caramel slices available at Marion, but the toddler wasn’t so sure.

The chocolate brownie, however, was absolutely delicious. Studded with walnuts, it was crispy on the outside, dense, fudgy and chocolatey on the inside. I am hesitant to say this but I think this was the best chocolate brownie I have ever eaten while out and about (clearly it is not a patch on one I might make myself!).

The coffees were good and the babycino came with two very large marshmallows. This caused a great deal of excitement because the toddler thought there was just one. The surprise when he spotted the second hiding behind his cup was hilarious!

Ergo is absolutely a welcome addition to the Marion café scene.

* I will update this post with details as I find them.

Angs Coffee and Special Teas



date of visit: Saturday 7 April 2012

We live quite near to Marion and, while it’s fair to say I loathe the place, it’s incredibly handy if there’s any serious shopping that needs to be done.

One thing we rarely do at Marion is stop to have a coffee because food wise Marion’s offerings just aren’t that appealing. There’s the food court and then there’s quite a few places that sit out in the middle of the mall itself. You might assume that these are great for people watching (and they are) but they just don’t have a very pleasant atmosphere.

There is, however, one place that we do stop off at if we’re feeling like single serving coffee and cake. And that is Angs, which is downstairs near Woolworths (and near the excellent Cheese Monger – if you haven’t sussed them out before, you really should!). While Angs does have some seating out in the mall it also has a proper shop presence so you can sit inside, away from the shoppers and enjoy your snack in (relative) peace. Of course, you do get to listen to the coffee machine but any experienced café goer can cope with that!

The coffees are good and, as a bonus, you can buy beans or ground (to order) coffee while you’re at it. The selection is modest but we’ve always enjoyed the coffee we’ve picked up. The biscuits are fresh and appropriately crisp or crumbly and, last time we ducked in, the lemon cheesecake received a tick of approval from Andy. They also sell savoury food but when faced with cake or biscuit, why would you choose that?!

If you do need to escape while you’re at Marion, Angs represents your best bet.

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