Issues such as youth unemployment aren’t front of mind when deciding where to eat, but if you order a flat white or the twice-cooked pork belly at Heart Cafe in Bondi, you’ll be helping disadvantaged young people while having a good feed.
Heart is part of Wayside’s Wingspan program, an initiative that gives disadvantaged youth the support and training to get into the workforce and stay there. The program works with kids aged 17 to 25, some of whom will secure one of the coveted spots working at the cafe for 12 months. They might be in the kitchen or front of house, and each person has a mentor.
The Middle Eastern breakfast involves a smoky baba ganoush, a tangy ezme (Turkish salsa), pan-fried haloumi and poached eggs. The chewy rolls are simple – with the chorizo, rocket and vibrant green chimichurri that’s the perfect balance of fresh and fatty.
Heart is a nice place to settle. It’s set back from the tourist hustle of Campbell Parade and the timber, hanging greenery and natural light create a serene space. It’s also a window into a different Bondi. Wayside is next door, the police station is across the road and all walks of life make their way past the picture windows.