This is my favourite local café. The staff are friendly, the atmosphere is relaxed and the menu is great. It’s quite a compact space so some of the seating has been designed as part of existing structures, the window and wall, yet it feels quite spacious.
The cafe caters well for couples and singles with lots of “cozy” tables. In fact, the tables for two in the middle have been cut from two bigger tables to cater for the clientele. I noted the other singles who arrived while I was there also chose to sit along the window seat facing into the cafe. It makes a good home office!
The take-away order space near the food service access becomes very congested on weekends when it’s busy so people tend to order and wait outside on the pavement for their orders. I have quite often done the “dance” around staff while attempting to place an order. There is a space at the other end of the island bench separating the food preparation area from the diners but it seems to be reserved exclusively for access by the chefs.
It was an interesting challenge to identify things that have been designed for one purpose but harnessed for another. There is clever storage space for fresh produce in crates painted white and stacked on top of each other. Timber from pallets has been repurposed as wall decoration. An antique Singer sewing machine table is now the water station. The render on one part of the brick wall has been painted with blackboard paint and now doubles as the menu and the wiring has been encased in brass pipes to disguise it.