It’s common knowledge that this former-milk bar corner of a cafe is named after Paul Simon’s Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard. It’s well known because the LP cover has been spotted hanging around and Simon’s face is crafted into a logo for the take-away cups in a simple bearded print.
There’s something of a Mediterranean feel to the woody, whitewashed space. Breezy, tiled floors, the concrete servery counter and recycled timber tables and window frames just add to the effect.
Get close enough and you can see all the action in the minimalist open kitchen, where they dish out semolina pancakes with seasonal poached fruits or scrambled eggs with fattoush. Coffee is Supreme fair-trade organic and it steams out of the La Marzocco machine for a steady stream of dog walkers, mums (fresh from dropping kids at the schoolyard opposite) and lazy brunchers.
Relaxed in the suburban backstreets, it can still get pretty busy on a Saturday morning, but with take-away available from the side window, that’s hardly a problem.