It’s not hard to understand the appeal of Soho Lane, the bigger sister of Trindy Adler and Matt Miller’s CBD coffee bolthole, Little Soho Coffee Co. The space at the revamped Alexander Buildings craftily blurs indoors and out; it has a jaunty aesthetic (pastel pink, aggregate flooring and tables); cheery, welcoming staff; and the food and drinks are considered, without making a big song and dance about it.
According to operations manager Josh Lofstrom, suggest the Mount Lawley crowd prefers its coffee black, with espresso and filter outselling the milkier coffees. Every day, drinkers can choose from three single-origin batch brews that Lofstrom and co. rotate daily. These single-origin beans will include beans roasted locally as well as coffee sourced from other Australian roasters.
The house blend is from Micrology Coffee Roasters. In the kitchen, chef Benjamin Ronaldson – an alum of busy cafes such as Greenhouse, Mary Street Bakery and Hylin – has created a menu that appeals to both the cafe set (avocado toast, fluffy Japanese pancakes) and his own interest in repurposing waste. So the chook in the fried-chicken sandwich is brined in pickling liquor from the house-made pickles; the skin is dehydrated and added to the house-made chicken salt; and the potato offcuts from the fluffy hand-cut chips are smoked and turned into potato buns.