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Ramsgate is a modest bayside suburb and wonderfully so. The newspaper shop, real estate agent and $2 shop are lost against the late evening skyline. Bar Amalfi sits comfortably amidst the other small businesses where its owner Chris champions modern ideas in relation to sandwiches, lunch dishes and drinks.
The ambience and overflowing friendship is so good at Amalfi there is no need to show off with grand or fancy affectation. Customer’s voices rise above the contemporary music in the background while the nude art on the walls reflect the café’s temperament. It is a place of well tuned humility.
On the weekends customers like modern day pilgrims line up on the footpath awaiting their chance to occupy a seat in this temple to partake in the spirit of caffeine.
I have to admit what really sets this little Bar apart for me is the hot chocolate drink adorned with hot chocolate art.
Just look at this masterpiece by Chris pictured above. The circular web-like lines look imposingly regular, their near-symmetry earned the hard way with years of training. A small flick of gold colour here and there just balances the large white space in between the deep chocolate brown lines.
There is no confusion in Chris’s design. One must ask, are his offerings influenced by the Cubism of Picasso and Braque, because it is clear that the delicacy of his lines resembles nothing that Picasso ever painted.
As with all good art it is the corners where the image is diffused and this is also true when it comes to Chris’s masterwork. As you slurp the delicious hot chocolate ART drink, the corners of the work are the first to drop their shape. It is at this point that ordinary things and abstract forms, for a moment float, and are suspended for deliberation.
Taking this all in makes me hold my breath and the other customers watching me feel the same.
Chris clearly has outdone himself.
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It’s 4 30 pm on a chilly cold Sunday afternoon. My son Tim and I visit Bar Amalfi with the express intention of consuming hot chocolate.
Be it known that Bar Amalfi surpassed themselves especially in the art department by creating two of the best looking and most excellent tasting drinks we’ve had for a while.
A generous dollop of creamy froth topped with unique Chocolate artwork was complimented by one white and one pink marshmallow. All I can say is that it was a delicious and comforting beverage which has now found a home in this Ramsgate café and will surely become a specialty during cold winter months.
The artistic skill used to ‘dress it up’ shows they are in a class of their own having gone far beyond the level of experiment and on to that of Master Chocologist.
My mate and I just love going to the Bar Amalfi, we’re always there, it is the best café in the Ramsgate area. It’s local, has great coffee and we feel like friends rather than customers.
Some say we go for the coffee, some say it’s for the pleasant company and the wit of Beanie Boy Chris, others say it’s for the beautiful girls that serve us. The truth (and we’re sticking to it) is that since our combined age is over 122 years I have to say we go there for the hot chocolate drink and I had a great one last night.
Ashleigh the Choc Choc girl with the help of Chris did the best “milk art” I’ve seen for some time it was just oozing thick runny hot chocolate laying on a bed of creamy froth. After a respectful period of art appreciation came the time to quaff down the “Installation”. The drink performed beyond expectation delivering a rich smooth chocolate taste.
Even in the dark I would love this.
PS the girls at Bar Amalfi are great.
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