Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published November 7th 2012
Join those in the know at Allpress Roastery Cafe
I had been sulking about wasting the day taking my car in for a recall service. I headed over to Rosebery, a suburb I know little about and have had little need to visit in the past. Let me tell you, all that has just changed.
I had my wee girl in tow, so we headed out in search of a park or play centre. We didn't get far before I spied the very stylish looking Allpress on Epsom Rd.
We went in to discover inside is very sleek and sophisticated, both in menu and reading materials.
I was disappointed we'd just had breakfast as the menu offered deliciously different sandwiches, and some wonderful sounding cakes. I've already earmarked the Roast Pork and Watercress Baguette for my return (or the Corned Beef with Russian Dressing...Perhaps two quick visits are in order?)
The range of breads available include the usual sourdoughs but also Walnut & Fig, Quinoa & Soya or a fabulous New York Rye.
We settled on a fresh mint tea, lemon soda and a delicious raspberry and pistachio friand. I did find myself watching longingly as the very popular mixed breakfast plates passed our table to their destinations.
This cafe is extremely popular, yet the service is fast, friendly and efficient. At 10 am on a weekday, it was almost full, and a further thirty or so people came and went with their take away coffees. It was bustling but at no point did we feel the need to hurry over our drinks.
It is, as the name suggests, a coffee roastery and you can purchase beans to take home. They also provide 'The Allpress Perfect Cup Class' on site for coffee enthusiasts to learn 'hands on' the art of good espresso coffee.
I invited a friend to join me there next week and she was quick to accept as she'd heard rave reviews. Apparently under my suburban rock, I was alone in my obliviousness. My discovery was known to all and sundry. Sometimes it really pays to get out of your neighbourhood and see the best on offer.