Gathered Cafe and Eatery
If “industrial cathedral” was a design term, then Sam and Celeste Gant have nailed it. In a cavernous space originally built as a wool factory, and that once housed the Lonely Planet offices, Gathered channels all sorts of warehouse chic. There are two walls of almost floor-to-high-ceiling steel-framed windows, and a stripped-back fit-out.
The furniture and fixtures are a mixture of locally sourced – such as the brass signage by Studio Tops, hand-carved stone sculptures by denHolm, and planters and timber tables dotted around the room – and finds from overseas trips. Huge vintage black factory lights from Amsterdam hang from the ceiling, and staff wears earthy green aprons that Celeste found in a hotel shop in in Japan.
The menu is concise, and has a particular flair for vegetables. Every day the cabinet gets loaded up with five big seasonal salads inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi’s cooking. Choose up to three, and add meat if you like – maybe slow-roasted lamb seasoned with Middle Eastern spices.
The rest of the breakfast and lunch menu is just as vibrant. A beetroot smash comes with rolled up smoked salmon, pickled beetroot, cucumber ribbons and crème fraiche. Eggs made with smoked butter and chilli are served with a spicy green sauce on sourdough, and asparagus on toast comes with a broad bean and pea puree, zucchini, mint, snow pea tendrils and a fried egg. Simpler is the egg and bacon roll with Sriracha mayonnaise and stretchy smoked mozzarella.