The term “Sloane ranger” isn’t common in Australia. But the jibe is more familiar to class-conscious Britons: it’s a name for young, upper-class people wearing informal but expensive country clothes in London. Their natural habitat is Sloane Square in the city’s south-west.
Shri Bhagwandas (also of BAWA) has borrowed the term for the name for his new cafe to honour Cremorne’s surrounding garment district.
The space has exposed pipes, polished-concrete floors and large bi-folding windows that lend it an industrial feel. Olive-green and grey curtains are draped over the sleek finished concrete walls, creating a soft and slightly elegant feel to balance things out. The walls are lined with half-halo eclipse wall lights.
The menu ranges from grab-and-go options, such as salads and Cobb Lane pastries, to larger all-day breakfast and lunch dishes, such as the mildly spiced chilli scrambled eggs with bacon, Meredith feta and manchego. Or there’s the Ranger Bowl, with miso-roast salmon, pickled cabbage, soy beans, cucumber, avocado and nori. And the breakfast and/or dessert toffee-apple crumpets, with Cremorne-based [Dr Marty’s Crumpets] (http://drmartyscrumpets.com.au/), mascarpone, candied pistachios, vanilla fairy floss and blackberry compote.
Bhagwandas was one of the original baristas a Dukes Coffee Roasters and has since worked with Peter Frangoulis (also Dukes) at Story Coffee & Foodstore in Docklands. So there’s a strong coffee legacy at Sloane Ranger.