I write for fun, enjoy sharing places that cater for food allergies and the like.
Published October 7th 2012
C is for Coffee
Did the Mad Hatter go to Paris? No, he went to Newtown. Fabulous Café C, right in the heart of Newtown, where it is trendy to sit and eat cake! It always is the dessert that drags me into a place, maybe not as much as the smell of good coffee but I am weak. The very skilled Barista, Josh, stood in the shop front doing the early 'off to work' coffee shift.
Café C has some very different styles in one place. I will start with the stripes in the front of the shop with the Eiffel Tower hanging from the ceiling, it really did feel as though I was in a tiny part of Alice in Wonderland's Mad Hatters tea party, but in Paris. It is definitely something to talk about.
Mad Hatter didn't go to Paris
I was lucky enough to try this café out twice. I happened to be in Newtown a few Friday nights ago and then early this morning (too early for the crows) but I was there and they were open. The Friday night feel was very different to the early morning buzz, but all the same with the lovely staff and friendly patrons, it was exactly where I needed to be at that time of the day.
The dessert bar was and will always be sensational. Their delicious looking cupcakes to yummy looking carrot cake, mud cake, cheese cakes and so, so much more. There were gluten free and flourless options for the irritable in most of us, then of course the usual gluten free biscuits that sat in jars on the counter top, not far from the "show us your tips" dragon…..funny.
As I walked through Café C, I noticed that it started with a 'mad' beginning but had a very cultural end. The back wall was filled with framed photographs of different countries and cultures. Fabulous! Red chairs, green chairs, side chairs and benches, this place had it all.
The very friendly Valerie came by to take my coffee and cake order. She pulled my arm, twisted it and almost broke it so I just had to order the carrot cake! Shame on me, I know. It came with vanilla ice-cream so that was my dairy intake for the day. Carrot, walnut and raisins sat perfectly together and, in my opinion, it was a very, very extraordinary and delicious cake.
Josh the Barista
I was feeling quite full and knew that it was too early for such a treat. It is always after it has been consumed that I stop and think that I probably should have looked at the breakfast menu first.
The breakfast menu had 12 different egg breakfasts, from an Italian egg to Irish egg and even just plain old standard egg. Forentine, Benedict, and Neptune, and all listed. Then there was the toast, all kinds of breads to be toasted. Let's not leave out the hot beverages and the frappes, and all quite cheap.
As I sat on a bench by the bay window, there was an oversized specials board to my right, truly a good and inexpensive place to eat at any time of the day or night.
After my second coffee, the carrot cake and initial extra shot latte, I was wide awake, paid my very inexpensive bill of $14 and left. It was a good way to start my day.