This cheerful eatery remains a perennial favourite in the southern suburbs and it’s not hard to see why. The menu offers a wide selection of creatively designed dishes to tempt the appetite. Breakfast is served all day and draws the masses in droves – it can be hard to nab a table here, especially on weekends. It can be hard to decide what to order as well – will you go for ‘dessert’ breakfast in the form of apple, bacon and pecan streusel flapjacks? But then there is the very real temptation of the Breakfast Tartine, with porcini, poached egg and local brie on toasted briôche. Banters will also find much joy and variety here.
As for lunch, choose between a range of mouthwatering sandwiches; some truly inventive salads; substantial mains like the Bangkok burger, with sticky hoisin pork neck, cucumber and pickled ginger; and the the fish cakes, served with coriander relish, basil Hollandaise and saffron aioli, which makes for a fragrant and very satisfying meal.
The yellowfin tuna tataki salad (with pickled cucumber, beetroot, charred corn and soy beans) does not amaze on the first taste, yet after a short while the flavours seem to merge and get along very well indeed.
A veritable smorgasbord awaits. You’ll find gourmet coffees and teas, fresh pressed juices, craft sodas, nut milks, craft beers and ciders. There’s also a nicely curated wine list with something to suit most pockets and tastes.
Very welcoming, with a nice shot of friendly humour to brighten your day.
Choose a spot according to your mood – you can linger over your lunch in a quiet corner in the courtyard at the back, or enjoy a lovely loud ladies’ brunch at one of the bigger tables near the entrance. The overall feeling is one of relaxed warmth.
Be sure to leave room for something sweet, as the offering is truly exceptional. Have a peek at the glass display cases at the entrance to see what is on offer on the day. On the permanent menu, the ‘Shutupyourface Sandwich’ – chocolate cake, almond biscuit, hazelnut mousse and marshmallow crème – leaves a lasting and highly favourable impression.
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Locally-trained chef Tracy-Leigh Genricks is clearly passionate about flavour and quality ingredients. The varied menu offers interesting choices with an international influence. For breakfast, which is served all day, the Eggs-Be-Lean (two free-range poached eggs on an aubergine, mushroom and truffle rosti with a light yoghurt hollandaise) is surprisingly delicious for something with its name.
Lunch fare offers everything from salads to sausages – the home-made beetroot bun burger is a popular choice, which comes with a free-range lamb patty topped with blueberry compote, feta, avo and triple-cooked purple kohlrabi fries. Appealing and unusual tea-time treats are on display at the coffee bar, such as a green pea sponge cake layered with strawberry cream cheese icing, strawberry gel and a lime and vanilla curd, and this selection changes all the time.
There is an extensive list of teas on offer (with suggested steeping times), raw pressed juices, Bean There coffee, craft cordials and sodas. The wine list is good and there are pairing suggestions for the dishes on the menu.
Unless you have an 8.30am reservation (the only bookings they take on Saturdays, besides for tables of five or more people), expect to have to wait to be seated. Young servers are enthusiastic and friendly, and service is usually efficient.
The shabby-chic space has quirky touches, such as upside down colanders as light shades. There is an outdoor courtyard seating area, which is great in summer. The space can get quite loud when busy, which is most of the time on weekends.
Enquire about their 3pm tea parties — it’s a great spot for a festive afternoon celebration.
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What glorious breakfasts! We tried the flapjacks with caramelised apple and mascarpone, and the shakshuka with poached eggs. Both were huge (we took home doggy bags – from breakfast!) and really delicious. The shakshuka was particularly good: their tomato sauce is scrumptious. Not sure what they put in it, but there must be some secret ingredient. It also came with kale that had been covered in tempura batter and fried to a crisp. Possibly the first time I have actually enjoyed eating kale. The hot chocolate – made with real dark choc – was sublime, too.