Paradise can be found anywhere. Even in a former service station. The once-derelict site is the new home of Chinta, Robyn and Graham Smith’s Balinese-inspired cafe that called Doubleview home for almost five years. Not only has the move brought the Smiths closer to the city, it’s also helped extend the life of the 1923-built servo.
“The owner is passionate about the building, and wanted someone who he knew would look after it,” says Graham.
And look after it they have – the Smiths have retained the building’s aesthetic while recreating that Chinta tranquility. Robyn calls the new cafe, “a beautiful industrial, tropical space”, with an emphasis on the “space”. Where the original had just 20 seats, the new Chinta can accommodate 90 guests among its indoor water features and palm trees.
The boho upstairs “library” is a little hideaway for small groups. There is also a mezzanine level that can be booked for functions. A street-side alfresco area is in the planning stages.
The move into a bigger kitchen has also led to the expansion of the all-day menu. The selection leans toward savoury, including nasi goreng, baked chorizo with slow-cooked eggs and corned-beef hash, and all the usual egg options. Sweets such as pancakes with glazed banana and berry coulis are also offered. Bruschetta on beetroot sourdough is a tick for vegans and vegetarians. The coffee is an in-house Chinta blend.
Homewares, furniture and gifts are another aspect of the Chinta experience. Look for local products as well as pieces designed and made in Indonesia.