Hip coffee place on Commercial Drive.
The coffee here is great. The guy behind the counter every morning is really friendly! He is not one of those guy who seems really grumpy to open at 6:30am. The atmophere of the cafe is a relaxing coffee shop where you can read your newspaper without the hussling and bussling of people rushing out the door. Unlike someother places...
I only have tried their coffee thought, I do recommend it!
I always enjoy my visits here because not only do they have great coffee, latte's etc. they also have decent sweets, great art to look at and long for a good staff. I usually come away amused at the antic's or conversation of the staff and quite satisfied with my visit whether I've sat and relaxed or just dropped in to grab a latte.
Popped in for a quick cappuccino, which was absolutely fabulous. Turks is a funky, warm space, enhanced by the large art on the walls which is also on the takeout cups. Nice seating areas.
We really liked it here - so much more soul than Bucks. Would definitely stop in again.
Twice I've ordered a chai latte here in the past 2 weeks, and both times they've been made by the same all-too chatty, too-cool-for-school, guy, and have tasted terrible. Zero flavour (even after adding generous amounts of cinnamon) - and the foam had the largest bubbles on a latte I've even seen. So, tired of wasting my money, I went back to tell him it had zero flavour; he said, "fine, I'll make another one" ( in a tone indicating that he was clearly not impressed, as if I was being a complete idiot for bringing it to his attention). Offended by his complete lack of care, I said "no, that's ok, this is the second time you've made me a bad latte", and I proceeded to leave. Then the guy sarcastically yelled (in front of the semi-filled cafe), "Ok, well have a nice day!" I'm not sure that he's aware of proper customer service etiquette. To take a basic customer complaint and act like a complete jerk over it. Maybe if he wasn't so busy talking and showing off, he'd have the mind to make a decent beverage, and stop ripping people off.
If you're going to charge the same (if not more) than your competing cafes, your products have got to be on par, too.
I love Turks, it's my new favorite *spot*. I go there to meet people for coffee all the time and I love that it's so central on the Drive, right across from the park. You can sit outside or inside OR inside near the big windows that offer a lovely breeze and a good look outside to watch the passerby. I've been in there when it was dead and when it was really busy and I love it.
I don't drink their coffee but I've had their latte's, steamed milk and teas as well as some of their assorted goodies and they are lovely. The Toffee Peanut butter bar was awesome! Their cinnamon buns always look so good, if I didn't have to worry about the sugar I'd eat one for sure!
Well I like good coffee and was advised by a few to try out Turks.
After reading a couple of reviews I had some doubts but ventured in at any rate.
Unlike a couple of previous reviews I found the staff helpful and courteous.Maybe a little lazy and not keeping up their work but like any place good help is hard to find great help is near impossible.All become complacent with time and unless given bigger tasks they tend to let things slide a bit.
Okay as for the place itself its a cute little cafe with lots of intrigueing art and has a great ambience.I didnt get to sit and chat with many people but overall it seems like a great meeting place to sit and discuss lifes issues for more than a few.
Now i had a large latte and a caramel toffee bar and found both were more than excellent.The latte was very flavorful and nice and creamy.I dont care about the fancy art but its alright I guess.
THe toffee bar was extremely good too and I could see they had a lot of other great pastries there.Maybe they don't make them but they've got great suppliers.
On the way out I grabbed a house blend medium roast(Bllue Milano I believe)and it was a great cup of coffee very smooth but tons of flavor.
As for price yes they may be a little more than a few others in the are but still less than ugh Starbucks and a great cup of brew.
I have gone to this place a few times for a brew as the coffee at the restaurant a few doors down is not my cup of coffee.
I went there the other day and one of the women gave me this look ( I cant describe it) and literally threw my cup onto the counter.
Needless to say I was stunned.
It ruined my day and my coffee experience.
I will never go back there again!
One person can ruin something so simple.
I live within a block of Turk’s and so I used to go there for a latte on weekend mornings.
The coffee is a dollar more than some other places on the Drive and the prevailing attitude among the staff is one of utter indifference. They’d rather chat amongst themselves than attend to the customers. Many times I’ve had to wait at the counter while they finish their conversation.
One time the girl was stocking things in front of the counter made eye contact with me, but just carried on stocking. It was a good 15-20 seconds before I decided to just walk out. Doesn’t seem like a long time when you read it, but imagine taking that long to even acknowledge a customer? If she’d even said, “Hi, I’ll be there in just a second” I would have been happy to wait. But to be ignored says - go somewhere else.
Another experience with this same girl….I wanted to buy some beans, but the ones they have on display are almost out of reach of the customer. I saw the same girl grab a bag of the beans to use in their own machine so I assumed they were for shop use. But, I thought I’d ask her. So, I said “Are these for customers to buy?”, and she replied, “That’s what they’re there for” with a sarcastic sing-song tone.
Then, when she sold me the beans, she realized what a b*&^ she was and said, “Sorry, I wasn’t being facetious…we just get asked that all the time.” So, in other words, she WAS being facetious. And, if they are asked that all the time, perhaps it is a problem with where the beans are displayed.
Today was my LAST visit to Turks. Here was the final straw…
As most people know, GST went from 6% down to 5% on January 1, 2008. I realized today when my $2 con panna came to $2.12 that Turks has not adjusted their register to reflect the reduction, so for 7 months, they’ve been charging an extra 1% on their already overpriced coffee. Not a lot on a per transaction, but it is at worst illegal and at best dishonest and misleading. people on the prices.
I suggested to the girl that “I don’t think your tills were updated when GST went down” and she replied, “probably not, everything is pretty old here.”
Sorry, despite the misinformed hype and media coverage, this place does NOT exemplify Commercial drive. The REAL coffee shops on Commercial are places like Continental, Calabria, Joe's. They have the best coffee in town, quality service (Continental baristas know my order by heart!) and a Grande latte for $3!
I recommend that you skip Turks and their holier-than-thou staff and law-breaking cash registers.
Cinnamon buns are excellent (probably cause they dont make them) lattes are disgusting, at least the same one i've ordered at least 7 or 8 times. If you appreciate a good latte, Do Not get it from here.