Bifold doors and polished concrete floors make for a seamless segue between Gladstone Road’s pavement and the interior of Pear. Straddling the eastern boundary of West End, the laid-back cafe is as much a part of the local landscape as the laundromat, convenience store and takeaway joints it borders on.

A change of management has seen the space trade its former vintage lounge-themed decor for a cleaner palette of plywood, while the installment of chef Jeff Watson in the kitchen takes the cafe menu back to its roots.

Breakfasts include poached organic eggs on buttered Turkish bread with house-made relish; Bircher muesli with strawberry curd and labne; and the famous smoked salmon hash. Lunch is characterised by leafy salads – including the standout beetroot and goat’s curd – and three kinds of brioche slider.

Open early, Pear is a popular coffee pit stop for commuters rolling down Highgate Hill. Toby’s Estate beans are handled expertly on a slick Idrocompresso machine, parcelled up with house-made muffins and pastries to go.

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Updated: March 13th, 2018

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