Imagine two waffles, each drenched in gooey chocolate and covered in flakes of dried coconut. In between them, is a thick layer of soft nougat parfait. Aside from its tendency to explode out all sides like an over-packed sandwich when you bite in, it looks and tastes just like a lamington, but chewier, richer and less airy.
Find this on the menu of Paperboy, a Concord cafe from the owners of Rhodes’s innovative cafe Left of Field. Like its sister cafe, there are lots of original ideas on the menu here but the vibe and direction is a little different.
Rather than completely eschewing cafe staples, the kitchen is more about working fresh ideas into classics. The coffee, by Single O, is a darker blend than what Left of Field regulars will be used to, to cater to the area’s European palate.
The fit-out and design of the slender, street-corner space takes inspiration from the building’s history. Most of the cafe is white tiles and light timber. Light-blue accents and houseplants provide simple decoration.