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Published July 8th 2014
Update January 24th 2015
Dovetail on Overhand is now open Tuesday - Friday 7am-1pm and Saturday and Sunday from 7-2pm
Charming hole in wall cafe a Norman Park favourite
Dovetail on Overend is a legitimate hidden gem in suburban Norman Park
Dovetail on Overend found me before I found it, thanks to some clever Instagramming outreach before they opened earlier this year. They had liked one of my pictures of Brisbane and intrigued at the notification, (and the name Dovetail on Overend) I clicked through to their profile. What I saw was some very carefully curated pictures of all things delicious and stylish when it comes to cafe food, as well as renovation works in progress. Since then I have been interested to track the opening and initial success of their converted suburban Norman Park corner store into a new favourite cafe for locals and those from further afield.
Since opening in April, Dovetail on Overend has gained many loyal fans including locals and those from further afield
I've been meaning to visit Dovetail on Overend for a while, and after opening around Easter this year, I've been waiting for a chance to pop in without having to contend with crowds which can be easier said than done on a weekend at any trendy Brisbane cafe.
This hole in the wall sidewalk cafe oozes with charm, as is easily a favourite for well-to-do soccer mum's with babes in arms and prams in tow. This family friendly atmosphere adds to it's appeal as a relaxed neighbourhood coffee stop, and we watched many locals arrive on foot and leave with take away coffee and other baked treats.
This hole in the wall cafe offers sidewalk seating only, but you won't mind soaking up the sun and peace and quiet in Norman Park's backstreets
On the day of our visit the cold wind was whipping through our bones and we needed coffee and quickly so we could warm up. Thanks to some clever foresight, the cafe supplies crisp white fleece throw blankets, and an imposing, but very welcome outdoor column heater. It's the small touches like the blankets, and the rustic caramel coloured sugar cubes, as well as the elegant coffee cups and saucers, and freshly varnished timber tables that bring the cute factor in droves to this new kid on the block in the southside cafe scene.
That and the fact the coffee is sensational. Dovetail on Overend is apparently one of the first cafes in Australia to use a Nuova Simonelli coffee press that comes with many touted features, including in-built climate control, and regulated measurements, meaning consistency with every cup. Despite not really knowing anything about coffee machines and which is the best, the pouring skills of the baristas were definitely on display, with some beautiful latte leaf art on display. (I had to quickly Instagram before tasting less I ruined the caramel coloured foam perfection!) The Uncle Joe's coffee was full bodied and the perfect way to start of our breakfast outing.
The coffee is brewed and presented by a team of baristas who take their craft very seriously
I've recently somehow gone off the heavy, rich and/or fatty breakfasts so we both had the Avo on toast with witches chase goat's cheese and dukkah. ($8.90) It might seem like avo on toast is an easy win for any cafe, but I'm a big believer that sometimes the simples dishes are the best. And with a little details like the tartness of the goat's cheese, and the zest of the accompanying lemon wedge, it's easy to see why this is the most popular breakfast at Dovetail.
You can't go past the avo on toast which is simplicity at its finest
If you're up for something more filling, I'd definitely recommend the smell of the chilli con carne baked eggs (15.90) which would no doubt be the perfect winter warmer. Another menu favourite is the Caponata Siciliana which is a deliciously healthy mix of grilled eggplant, capsicum & caramelised onion with a balsamic glaze, served on sour dough.
We also treated ourselves to the salted caramel brownies, which when it came to brownies, were definitely next level. Rich, dense, and dare I say moist - their sweetness were ideally offset with the saltiness of the oozy caramel filling. But these were just one of many, many delectable baked goods that are made with love by the talented co-owner Rejoice Guevara Thompson every single day at Dovetail.
A few things to know about Dovetail on Overend include not to expect a full extensive menu, as you would at busier high street cafes. It also offers limited seating which is all outdoors, and there is not a whole lot of space to spread out. However as a humble, friendly neighbourhood cafe is makes no apology for this. What is lacks in space and menu choices it well and truly makes up for in the finer details mentioned above, which includes the beautiful presentation of the place, the mouthwatering food, and the all round welcoming and lovely feel.
Hit the sidewalks on Overend street. What awaits is a very warm and welcoming beacon of caffeinated goodness.
Still interested? As you may have guessed, it's on Overend Street in Norman Park - No. 85. You won't be able to miss the freshly painted corner lot. Come in, pull up at seat, and get to know the team who have made the suburban streets of Norman Park a very warm & welcoming place to visit indeed.
My grandparents lived in Brentnall Street and I remember this place being the corner store. It was always a treat to be given the responsibility to walk to the corner shop to buy milk! Glad to know the old shop is being re-purposed and a place for the community to gather