Hidden among the graffiti-covered surrounds of Rose Street, Grace, offers plenty of kind food and even kinder surroundings for those who spend time within its walls.
Step into this friendly cafe and you may feel a sudden urge to pull out a big book, ask for a Moroccan mint tea and camp out for the afternoon. According to co-owner chef Julia Debski, this was one of the aims when creating the cafe with co-founders Luke Giuliani and Will Dayble.
The cafe is cosy yet understated – stripped back to bare basics with well-thought out touches like tiny medicine jars holding delicate origami flowers, an antique hardwood dresser acting as a waiter’s station and various tiny knick knacks (shipped over from Debski’s grandparents' house in Poland) sit on recycled shelves.
Food at Grace may not be fancy, but it’s certainly hearty. Ingredients are local and organic and they are all about home-style cooking. Allowing plenty of time for a sleep in, Grace dish out breakfast all day. Try the yoghurt jar with homemade coulis garnished with toasted muesli, goji berries and cacao nibs or the quark(a tastier version of cream cheese)-filled crepes served with your choice of berry coulis or lemon curd. Toastie melts, bagels and sandwiches are all on offer and baked eggs are a popular dish to warm your bones over winter. If you're just after a coffee, Grace offers Syndicate Espresso.