THE GOURMET COLUMN OF THIS HOLIDAY ISSUE OF SKY MAGAZINE IS WRAPPING UP ITS EXTENSIVE REVIEW OF THE CAFES AND RESTAURANTS IN ALMATY AIRPORT. WE ARE ABOUT TO DISCUSS TWO COFFEE PLACES LOCATED IN THE DOMESTIC DEPARTURES AREA THAT CAN BE FOUND RIGHT AFTER THE SECURITY CHECK.
BUT BEFORE THAT, WE ARE EXCITED TO SHARE SOME HAPPY NEWS WITH YOU – THE LIST OF CAFES AND RESTAURANTS IN ASTANA AIRPORT HAS UNDERGONE SIGNIFICANT CHANGES. YOU CAN FIND OUT ALL ABOUT THAT IN THE NEXT ISSUE OF SKY MAGAZINE IN JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2017. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Our regular column Gourmet rates food outlets at the airports in five areas: Quality, price, service, variety and comfort. Two top sellers, a cappuccino and a croissant are being tested by our secret shopper for quality and price. Each food outlet is being appraised in general for other characteristics. Each category is rated according to 2-point system where the maximum is 2, the minimum is 0. Thus, the highest possible score for an outlet is 10.
This cosy brasserie welcomed me with its modest European interior and just as modest invitation to have some beer. Alas, I had a different mission that day- I was to evaluate their coffee and croissants.
Some expats are vigorously discussing something at the nearby table. I think it is a great PR strategy since locals seem to trust them and pay close attention to the places chosen by the expats.
Anyway, back to the food…My order has arrived- a nice cup of cappuccino and a croissant. The beverage was surprisingly good: the beans tasted great, and the foam was smooth and elastic- no tricks there. And the croissant? It was nice but… not as fresh as it should have been. Well, perhaps perfection is unachievable, indeed – something always goes wrong.
Oh, and you might have to spend quite some time waiting for your order – the place appears to be short-staffed, yet crowded.
Croissant – 1100 KZT
Cappuccino – 900 KZT
Total: 2000 KZT
Service – 1
Quality – 2
Price – 1
Variety – 1
Comfort – 2
Total: 7 out of 10
You have to go to Gate 7 and 8 in order to find this place. It is not at all crowded, which is why it is very quiet here- an absolute silence if you consider that the place is located in Almaty Airport.
I just made my order and started to look around, evaluating the area.
My cappuccino arrived almost immediately. It was nice to discover coffee art- a small peculiar “drawing”- on top. The foam wasn’t elastic and started to melt off very quickly, but the barista clearly tried to get rid of the bubbles. All in all, the coffee was average. No, it was a little better than just average.
The croissant had a good texture but it was not that great. It was still pretty edible, though.
It is so quiet here that you get to really concentrate on your food. I would say that the style of the interior of More coffee is business- like- I have noticed glass tables. Some interesting design elements worth mentioning include two little mug-shaped fountains filled up with sparkling water. Those were only advertising water, but that looked great!
Also, the coffee came with a little cookie which wasn’t fresher than the croissant, but it tasted much better. Even better than the coffee itself.
Croissant – 900 KZT
Cappuccino – 970 KZT
Tip (10%) – 187 KZT
Total: 2057 KZT
Service – 1
Quality – 1
Price – 1
Variety – 2
Comfort – 2
Total: 7 out of 10.