White-chocolate-and-matcha cake one day; peanut-butter-cookie sandwiches the next. There is also vanilla sponge, blueberries and crushed pistachios; tiramisu cupcakes; and brownie cookies. Everyday Canteen has quite the display cabinet.
Husband-and-wife team Jiah and Jamie Min run Everyday Canteen out of an old pharmacy in Artarmon. They’ve turned it into a bright, open cafe with a full-glass façade, white tiling, Scandinavian furniture, fern-filled pots and a long wooden counter.
The cakes are the big deal here. The sponges are soft; the brownies are dense and rich; and the cookies melt on your tongue. They are baked on-site and the types and flavours change regularly. Most of the rest of the menu is designed so you can still fit in cake; many dishes are delicately flavoured and light.
The Korean spicy-pork burger with red cabbage, Swiss cheese and aioli; and the pork-crackling salad are the heaviest items on the menu. The brunch board, with grilled mushrooms, poached eggs, ricotta, a bowl of mixed granola-muesli and an OJ, is like an entire hotel buffet in one dish.