Eat a rainbow every day. Good coffee should be the highlight of the suburbs. Vitamins should come from a cold-pressed juice and not a capsule. These are a few lines from the Esprezzo Manifesto on the wall of Brianna and Jason Robinson’s cafe.
It’s a snapshot of their beliefs and while it leans towards healthy living, the brunch menu strikes a good balance. The pumpkin smash can be amped up with pulled pork. The goodness bowl – quinoa, mixed greens, pumpkin, goji berries, asparagus, avocado, seeds and nuts topped with a poached egg – is how customers can “eat a rainbow”. A rainbow that can also have bacon or smoked salmon added to it.
Introducing aspects of healthy living to Esprezzo was a slow process for the Robinsons, who have owned the place since 2008. It’s been well received by the regulars, who continue to fill tables every week with their parents’ groups, tennis clubs and fitness gangs. A kids’ corner is a tick for families.
For coffee, Dimattina supplies a custom-roasted house blend and a selection of single origins. Kommunity Brew Kombucha is on tap. Smoothies and cold-pressed juices are also available.
Friend Matt Di Costa, from TV shows Matt and Kim to the Rescue and The Block, is responsible for the sleek, edgy interior design. The Scandinavian-industrial look is a result of a crowdfunding campaign in 2015, and each origami flower on the wall represents a person who donated.