Reiji Honour managed Semir Elamazi’s first cafe Hyde N Seek in Ashwood (since sold) for a number of years, before the pair decided to go into business together with Dosage.
Hints of science and chemistry are dotted throughout the small space, a nod to the medical centre next door. An exposed copper pipe doubles as a water tap, salt shakers are labelled “sodium chloride”, tea served in beakers and a number of dishes are transfixed with plastic syringes (which get washed and re-used).
Jaffles and bagels make for a bread-heavy menu. The yakitori bagel shows off Honour’s Japanese background. Marinated yakitori chicken and slaw sit on a bagel, topped with a syringe oozing spicy kewpie mayo.
Like most cafe owners, Elamazi has his own special recipe for the ever-popular smashed avo: mint, a dollop of beetroot hummus and a house-made, chilli-infused olive oil syringe. It’s a popular choice.
The exposed concrete coffee bench is a standout design feature. It gives customers a behind-the-scenes view as their coffee is made. From weighing out the ground Industry Beans coffee, to frothing the milk, it’s both a spectacle and an education opportunity.
Aside from the coffee, there’s a variety of Healthy Humans juices, Konomi matcha, and Golden Grind turmeric lattes. Or perhaps try something more fitting to the chemistry theme: a nitrogen-charged iced tea from Tea Drop.