Housed in a shipping container in a residential street, Box Office is an exercise in the creativity for owner Mark Stawicki. Partly outdoors with no oven, the cafe shows what can be done in a tiny and unconventional space.
The crew here likes to stay away from fad foods. You won’t find any lollies jammed in milkshakes or bagels dyed all the colours of the rainbow. One of the menu mainstays is the sweet potato “toast” (where the toast is a halved sweet potato), a satisfying alternative to the prolific smashed avo. Elsewhere the menu is inspired by street food culture from around the world, with a good mix of what Stawicki calls “naughty and nice” dishes.
Stawicki opened Box Office in 2011, after 19 years in hospitality. Axil Coffee Roasters, one of his former employers, provides the coffee.
The vibe is fun and colourful, with an ever-changing playlist decided by the staff on that particular day. The tables next to the sandpit out back are built at a lower height, so parents can engage on the same level as their kids.