This tiny takeaway spot in the CBD sets itself apart from all the other tiny takeaway joints around it selling strong and bitter coffee and uninspiring sandwiches languishing inside a glass case. Owners Joshua Gold and Ellen Wu used to roast their own coffee but now work with Canberra’s highly regarded speciality roasters Ona. They have a blend for milk-based coffee and a choice of three single origins for black.
And while Gold and Wu know coffee is the main addiction of the CBD worker, they’re hoping to turn a few people onto tea with a worthy selection. They use all loose-leaf tea from Melbourne’s Tea Tonic.
Except for the matcha. The pair imports chiyo mukashi-grade matcha, otherwise known as first-class matcha, which is less bitter and has more depth than the regular stuff.
But it’s the edible half of the menu where Higher Dimension takes the biggest departure from the usual. It has taken inspiration from Taiwan, serving what it’s coined as “cloud toast”. It’s made by taking sourdough and applying a sweet Taiwanese butter-like spread that has a flavour that is subtle but with a rich mouth feel (it’s not dissimilar to crunchy peanut butter). It’s then popped under the grill and served warm and golden.
Another Taiwanese idea is a sourdough roll stuffed with pulled pork, scrambled eggs, cheese and peanut butter. Of course, though, if you’re after a bacon and egg roll, there are those too.