Carved into a small alcove space on the lower side of Surry Hills’ Foster Street is a brand new hole-in-the-wall cafe. This is the space that once housed the Naked Indiana pop-up, but is now home to Kwila which has negotiated a more permanent lease. The cafe opened last month and owners Vic Lynch and Melissa Garcia are easing into full swing, taking their time to set the space up before launching the complete cafe menu.
“Vic is from PNG, raised in the highlands coffee region of Goroka,” says Garcia. “The timber used in our space is recycled Kwila, and is an acknowledgement of our cultural surroundings.” A mural featuring earthy orange and teal tones complements the rich, apricot-hued wood of the cafe’s bar, and paint has been etched away in parts to expose the original brickwork beneath.
Food at Kwila will focus on fresh, seasonal and organic produce – try cold-pressed juices made in house, or the mauve-coloured banana, blueberry, raw cacao and honey smoothie. As the menu develops, Kwila-style eggs (smashed eggs layered with house-made chimichurri and tomato), and bread and pastries from Luxe Bakery will be available for breakfast. Hearty salads and seasonal plates are offered at lunch. Coffee at Kwila is especially good, sourced from new Marrickville players Two Chaps – its Blind Man roast representing the inner west from within this condensed coffee sector in Surry Hills.
7/46 Foster Street, Surry Hills
(02) 9212 7842
Mon to Fri 7am–4pm