“The corner shop’s gone,” I tell by brother by phone.
“Shit!” he mutters. “Where am I going to buy my ciggies!”
Not bad news at all! Not him losing his ‘fag bag’, but what we’ve gained instead. Gone is the shitty little corner store with packets of chips and $5 fried brekkies. Bring on a full reno, and welcome to a light and bright health-conscious well-priced boutique eatery – one of the funkiest little cafés in the ‘burbs!
This may be Taletha March’s first restaurant, but she knows a thing or two about food, and more importantly, about fresh food, what she likes, and what the market is looking for. Taletha tells me that when she sold Mermaid Fruit Market a year ago, she was going to take a break, but then an opportunity arose which was too good to miss!
So, what do you do if you’ve never run a restaurant before? Hire experts, like Matt Webber (ex Head Chef at Alto Cucina, Executive Sous Chef at Sofitel’s Room 81 and, more recently, Sous Chef at Araxi in Whistler), fine dining barista and Floor Manager Martin Kralovic, who could charm the socks off your mother-in-law, and wait staff who clearly know what they’re doing. Smart is not the word!
Even though the reno’s industrial trendy in brown and copper shades, huge bifold windows open up to the sea breeze and make the most of the light. All the furniture’s custom designed timber and metal, the coffee beans trapped forever in resin tops will never be roasted, tables and chairs are trendy but (thank God) comfortable enough to spend a few hours in! There’s an aisle or two of convenience and organic groceries, that last minute quinoa you need to add to your dinner, a few organic seasonal fruit and veg, even takeaway meals, but move aside – we’re here to relax and eat!
It’s hard to choose from the healthy choices on the all day menu (so we’ll have to return): breakfasts featuring eggs, super greens and quinoa (some including lamb/bacon/salmon/chorizo), salads, burgers and open sandwiches, as well as a tapas menu which we use as a light lunch. Beef up any of the meals with the addition of meat, seafood or extra vegies and the guys will come away satisfied. Then enjoy some raw desserts from the cabinet. (Ask Martin for a Dessert Platter!)
There’s a ‘Reboot Bar’ for freshly made juices (such as ‘Morning Glory’ or maybe just ‘Mint To Be’) and know that your house blend of Grinders’ organic coffee’s served with organic milk but still only $3.80 – $4. As I said, smart as!
Only open a few days, by 8am the line’s already backed up to the door. And they’re not there for the ciggies!
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