Salvationcafe has an informal vibe and interesting options such as the Mexican sausage burrito with home-made guacamole, sour cream and salsa. It also does a fine line in comfort food; try the creamy basil mushrooms on toast or American pancakes.
Influences are drawn from all over the world – lunch options could include calamari with five-spice dipping sauce, Italian tuna-and-bean salad, or a hefty grass-fed burger.
It’s good, honest grub using quality ingredients that keeps drawing the regulars back. Many of them swear its New York cheesecake is the best in the city.
The small wine list is pretty average, but Salvationcafe serves Jack Black beer on tap and does a great range of freshly squeezed smoothies and juice blends such as beetroot, pear and carrot.
The staff are generally efficient and friendly, especially to their regulars, and pretty tolerant of rowdy toddlers. There are chaotic moments, as this place is very popular, but it all works out in the end.
Salvationcafe draws an eclectic mix of customers, from inner city hipsters to elderly couples. It’s set in the heart of the reclaimed urban space of 44 Stanley Road, and its combination of restaurants, vintage clothing stores and homeware shops makes for a bustling environment. The eatery is set within a lovely cobbled courtyard with a bubbling fountain and olive trees – blink and you could imagine being in Europe. The funky interior blends trendy retro touches with country kitchen decor.
It’s one of the few places that offer healthy kids’ options, like a banana-yoghurt-and-berry smoothie or grilled free-range chicken and potato wedges.
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