Crompton Coffee


notable gluten-free options

If you like toast, then say hello to your new happy place: Crompton Coffee. It’s not all there is to eat at the debut cafe from Nick Peters and Camron Green, but it’s the star.

There are seven varieties of thick-sliced Rustica toast, five of which will rotate regularly. For example: tahini and banana; ricotta and fig drizzled with honey; and pear, walnut and blue cheese. Traditionalists will dig the Vegemite on toast with optional grilled cheese. All can be made gluten free.

With most slices hovering around the $7/$8 mark, the place is about exploring the merits of a short, fast and affordable menu thanks to the deft flavour combinations and high-quality ingredients.

The unlimited refills of sparkling water and the good coffee are a bonus. (Green was a barista at Seven Seeds, Twenty & Six Espresso and Addict, among others). There are other food options too: fig and coconut muesli, a fruit plate, daily salads and baguettes.

The 20-seat space was created with the help of Edwards Moore architects. It’s a smart example of dado sensibility, with dark floors and padded chairs seguing to blonde plywood ceilings, giving the solid old corner site and adjoining courtyard a sense of reasonable size.