Down the alley of succulents there’s a yellow roller door. Behind it is a cute cafe. It’s called Stand & Deliver and it's owned by a New Zealand couple, Scott Shallish and Charlotte Hilling.

The space is homey, relaxed and child-friendly, with art by resident screen-print artist, Nicholas Mau, who creates his pieces in the workshop out the back.

Mau and Shallish share the space and invite punters to dine smack-bang in the middle of the gallery on the large communal table (below the floating chairs and cages). The decor is eclectic with period pieces you’d be likely to find around the corner at the Lost & Found Market.

The menu is small, but this works in your favour, because Shallish likes to keep the specials board exciting and fresh. The kind of wholesome feed you can expect here includes haloumi, chorizo and Lebanese sausage dishes, and sweet options such as the coconut rice pudding with mango and papaya.

The duo use a coffee blend by Proud Mary, as well as sweets by the Proud Mary showroom business, Aunty Peg’s in Collingwood.

Back in New Zealand, Shallish owned and ran his own seafood restaurant. In the warmer months, the oyster breakfast menu (complete with breakfast cocktails) comes out, to enjoy in the sunny alleyway garden.

Updated: July 16th, 2018

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