Sitting just away from West End's main strip, Wrapture has taken over the Shire's old place of residence at 71 Russell St. Although the loss of the Shire and its weekly music events was indeed a sad day, I'm happy to report that its successor does it justice.
Wrapture started as a stall-based wrap-making business that was regularly a crowd-pleaser at the Davies Park Markets in West End. Their remarkable success (as a result of some remarkable wraps) meant that they could embed themselves permanently in the area.
What may, at first glance, appear to be your standard wrap is made with loving care, fresh produce, and some killer sauces. Wrapture's Haloumi wrap is a vegetarian's dream come true. Lightly toasted and salted, succulent bread surrounds crisp lettuce, a touch of crunchy cabbage and fresh tomatoes, alongside the other delights of your choosing; ranging from Mediterranean-style vegies to various meaty chunks. But what really makes Wrapture's meals zing, are their sauces. I don't know how they make them, but they subtly transform the great into the godly.
There are both vegetarian and free-range options for the morally conscious vegos and carnivores. The latter should have a taste of the Mediterranean Chicken wrap. If it's your first time and you'd like to try a bit of everything, the vegetarian platter is a treat.
Most of the seating is outside, half covered and half open to the elements, but the feel is comfortable, relaxed and fairly informal. With Wrapture only meters away from Cup Coffee and the West End markets merely a stroll away, I personally don't know of a better way to start the weekend.
It should be noted as well that Wrapture's own coffee goes down a treat - they recently changed over to Blackstar Cafe's blend - and that they have a selection of other nibbles to supplement the menu.
Praise be the day when Wrapture stays open into the night, to delight the taste buds of those stumbling out of Archive in search of a walk-home snack.
Open weekdays from 6:30am - 4:30pm, Saturday and Sunday from 7am-3pm