So & So
Like so many neighbourhood cafes, So & So was founded by two locals frustrated by the lack of decent options nearby. Warren Wu (former front-of-house at Rockpool and Gill’s Diner) and Rodrigo Matos de Lima designed their space to be a second home for nearby residents.
The interior is filled with vintage and repurposed furniture. The front bench is made from an old balance beam; and the tables are of timber salvaged from the building’s former floor and ceiling.
The dog-friendly outdoor garden contains picnic benches surrounded by pot plants, watering cans and pallets. It feels like visiting a friend’s house.
The menu is packed with hearty sandwiches that border on being burgers (where is that line, anyway?). The Blacksmith combines braised beef brisket with crushed peas, Dijon mustard and caramelised onion; and The Lumberjack features espresso-roasted pork shoulder with apple slaw and horseradish cream.
Other choices include slow-cooked lamb shoulder with bean ragù and hummus; baked eggs with red-lentil dhal; and a simple cheese-and-leek toastie.
At the glass counter, you’ll find chocolate cake, biscuits and slices, which pair nicely with the Allpress coffee.