Freedom Café is, thankfully, the kind of place that serves all-day breakfasts. Choices abound, but the buttermilk pancake stack makes for a wicked start to the day. Other options include the always-delicious zucchini fritters served on a bed of rocket and topped with mushrooms, a creamy parmesan sauce and a poached egg. Dishes are light, fresh and flavourful, and there is a noticeable Asian influence in dishes like the prawn roll served with nuoc cham dipping sauce and Vietnamese vegetable rolls in rice paper. The pulled pork served on a brioche bun with hand cut fries is the ultimate comfort food, or opt for modern classics like a New Yorker hotdog.
The succinct wine list is white-dominated and covers most bases; all wines are available by the glass. There is a smattering of craft beer and some delicious cocktails. Non-alcoholic drinks take the form of smoothies and an extensive tea and coffee menu.
Waiters are friendly, helpful and well versed in the menu, if sometimes a little sluggish. Getting through on the phone can become an exercise in patience. Food is prepared with relish, but is done so in a small kitchen – so soak up the vibe, as orders may take a bit longer than the instant-gratification crowd is used to.
It’s as much an urban hangout as it is a restaurant. The contemporary space revolves around a converted shipping container. Outside tables nestle under the trees in a quirky courtyard, making it a great spot to enjoy the city’s balmy weather.
Don’t overlook the delicious baked goods.