Sassafras Canteen has been around since 1997. In Paddington, where rents are high, this is quite an accomplishment.
Sassafras has long been known as the place to go for a lazy weekend brunch, and more recently added an ever-changing canteen lunch option to the midweek menu.
You can choose from a range of salads, soups, wraps and sandwiches, and there’s a takeaway option as well. The coffee comes from Fortitude Valley company Bear Bones Espresso.
The decor is eclectic and the courtyard out the back is a real prize. It’s leafy and private, and dogs are welcome. To drink there's brews from Green Beacon and Newstead Brewing, plus a short wine list.
Co-owner Peter Clarke (his wife Maureen Mullins is the other owner) puts the longevity down to a willingness to evolve, but hadn’t always planned to be a restaurateur. Originally a bookmaker, he found himself in business with a friend, a woman he’d been seeing. The woman went overseas and he found himself at the helm.