Ventures come and go on Carlisle Street. Not Gattica. It’s been kicking since 2003.
Owner Sam Reid is a passionate hospo guy who began his career at age 18. He takes so much pride in his little gem. It’s a cosy, comfortable environment, where you’ll never be rushed out. Reid would rather his customers spend an extra hour inside than never see them again. His regulars like this attitude so much, some of them visit two or three times a day.
Gattica’s coffee is famous on the strip. It’s a blend from Five Senses, chosen for its ethical and sustainable farming practices as much as its taste. The cafe is a partner in Five Senses’ Community Project in Indonesia, and Reid visited the site in 2012 to pick, strip, wash and dry the beans himself. The evidence is in the wall-mounted photos of his journey and the cafe’s quirky purple furniture, which matches the exact colour of the coffee cherries.
The menu consists of hearty favourites without the fads. Breakfasts could include French toast made of challah, a Jewish braided bread straight from the famous Glicks bakery across the road.
Dinners are designed to be home-style, such as massaman chicken curry for those lazy nights you want to kick back with something hearty. Following Reid’s concept of “under-promising and over-delivering”, Gattica offers $5.50 beer and wine; and $5.50 sparkling all day, every day.