The first thing you’ll notice is the deer head peering regally down from its mount above the bar; the second will be the sense of airy space and minimal fuss at this Smith Street cafe-meets-restaurant-meets-bar. It’s all whitewashed walls, deep, cushy green-leather booths and stripped-back wooden floorboards. There’s a definite lack of clutter, but it’s classic and comfortable rather than austere.
Hang your coat on the wooden stand by the front door, pull up a padded stool at the long green-marble topped bar and settle in.
The breakfast/lunch/dinner menu shifts with the seasons and they make their own sausages and bread, which you can buy to take home for $5.50 a loaf.
What we love here is the flexibility. No matter what time of day, or what you’re craving – be it a coffee or a cocktail – Cavallero has you covered, slipping easily from its cafe-by-day brightness into a cool-by-night bar.
Just don’t forget to grab your coat again on the way out.
They also have a private room upstairs which can be used for private functions.