This tiny cafe, tucked into the corner of Regimental Square, is brimming with ambition and innovation.
Coffee fanatics should instantly notice the effort that’s gone into the set-up. As well as two beautiful Synesso Hydra espresso machines, the short counter displays an SP9 (an automated, single-serve filter machine) and a pair of Übermilks, coffee gadgets that pour pre-steamed milk.
There are Five Senses blends, rotating single origins for filters, Mörk hot chocolate, kombucha on tap and sodas by Katie Swift.
The design has a light timber bench curving around the outside of the glass façade, gold tinges and timber furniture inside. The marble-topped coffee counter adds further gloss, as does a simple brass inlay of the cafe’s name on the tiled floor.
The menu straddles convenience and ambition. Generously-filled bagels by Dulwich Hill’s Small Talk make for a solid takeaway option, as do the organic sourdough crumpets by Merna, smeared with cultured butter and honey.
If you’re sitting in for lunch, you might hefty rolls in lobster and prawn cocktail iterations. Also on the menu are nourishing bowls, with past highlights including a soba noodle salad topped with house kimchi, a wedge of caramel-y roast pumpkin, radish, mint, crushed peanuts and a lime-miso dressing.