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1-3 Golden Cross (off Cornmarket)
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Puccino offers a good central location in the Golden Cross courtyard, with tables where you can sit outside in the sun (if there is any). The food we ate there however was quite bad! A friend and I ordered salads. Her 'mozzarella' was the cheap factory sort sold in a block. My 'feta cheese' came in large dry tasteless chunks. A far cry from the Mediterranean mentioned on the menu! Both salads had a few pieces of soggy tomato and an enormous quantity of iceberg lettuce, all covered in some kind of unpleasant salad cream. For this we paid almost £7 each - a lot of money for something barely edible! The waitress did not seem surprised that we had left most of our salads and didn't bother to ask if everything was OK. The 'fresh' orange juice tasted as if it came straight from a supermarket carton. Puccino probably only survives because of tourists and visitors. As residents of Oxford, we should have known better!
Not-a-tourist (Unverified), 25/08/12
Over-priced, bland, badly prepared food. Not recommended. I have eaten here twice recently, and been disappointed both times. On the first occasion, I had a panini with smoked salmon and soft cheese. There was very little smoked salmon in the panini and far too much soft cheese. I could not taste the salmon at all (what little there was had been chopped into tiny pieces). On the second occasion, I had a "breakfast panini" with scrambled egg, sausage and mushroom. The egg was dry and so overcooked that it was just little lumps; not creamy at all. The mushrooms were bland. The sausage was also bland. Extremely disappointing, especially given the price. Go elsewhere!
Sisca (Unverified), 22/06/11
Puccino's Oxford is amazing, the best and friendliest service you will find in all the coffee shops in Oxford (especially compared to generic Starbucks or Nero's) with MUCH better food and coffee. The waitresses are always very friendly and will always do what they can to give you a nice experience. It is in a beautiful area of Oxford and when the weather is nice, you can't find a nicer place to relax with a glass of wine.
There is a wide range of staff from all over the world from English, Spanish, Italian and Polish to Korean, which comes in handy with the wide variety of tourists that dine here.
I also noticed that although the kitchen and bar area are very small and the waitresses work really long hours and always keep a smile on their faces. Well done guys, keep up the great work and I will be back whenever I am in Oxford. The best Puccino's I have ever been to!
Oxford Girl (Unverified), 23/11/09
Poor service and fairly expensive, but nice food. We ordered 3 paninis and 3 apple juices on a Friday lunchtime. It came to about £17, but the waitress didn't bring our juices. We reminded her about them, and a few minutes later she came back saying loudly across the shop 'You have not paid for your juices!', causing other customers to look at us like we were shoplifters. What she should have said of course is 'I'm sorry, but we seem not to have taken your order'.
Anyway, one of us went to reorder the juices, which involved queuing again for 5 minutes. Then back at our table we waited and then only two apple juices arrived. We asked where the third one was, but no, they had only written two down. Again, we had to pay for the third one (this time the rest of us had finished our meal), and after a short pause it was brought. At no point was there any apology, and the waitress acted as if we were very annoying, bothering her about things she really couldn't care less about.
They also have a habit of whipping away everyone's plates as soon as they seem finished, which leaves some people sitting there with nothing on front of them, while the slower eaters feel like they have to hurry up. The paninis and juices were perfectly pleasant though.
Purple fox (Unverified), 15/02/08
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