It's amazing how many cafes have sprung up around the Newstead area with the advent of gentrification. There are many well-known ones in the hub of the Gasworks Plaza, but by straying off the beaten track, it is eye-opening as to what pearls one can find.
entice-me café was once a warehouse for imports. It is now a very welcoming breakfast, lunch or refreshment stop away from the hubbub of the Gasworks conglomerate. It is also a popular catering service for weddings, parties, anything.
Everything is freshly baked on the premises, with a different muffin to go with your cuppa each day. You can check out its Facebook page to see whether the day's offering appeals to you. If you sign up for entice-me's newsletter in March, you will be in the running for a $100 voucher.
There is still evidence of the café's industrial origins, from the wonderful lighting right down to the disused sewerage outlet. As a member of Treehenge, entice-me seeks to run an environmentally sustainable operation, with consideration of food miles and its own herb garden. Homeless folk benefit from excess food that cannot be stored, and the cook is very careful when ordering supplies. Recycling is the order of the day.
A group of us wandered in unexpectedly after trawling the Gasworks precinct. Our numbers did not deter staff who set off to take our orders immediately and served our lunch in good time. As we waited we took time to chat or view the pieces of art which decorate the walls. Some were for sale and others part of the décor. The permanent works added to the ambience of the business, reflecting local heritage. We did have to ask about the Cloudland reference. Can you spot it in this picture?
I ordered the steak sandwich which was cooked to perfection, and I did not turn down the offer to share a friend's plate of crispy chips. This was followed up with a selection of freshly baked sweetmeats and a delicious iced coffee. When grabbing a quick bite to eat at the Salvation Army run Commix Café in the City Hall basement recently, I noticed the entice-me logo on the sandwiches. Best egg, lettuce and mayo sangers I've had in a while. The Salvos are one of the charities the business supports in various ways.
If you are wandering off the beaten track down Newstead way, entice-me makes a great refreshment stop. Yes, that is a lower case 'e' at the beginning of 'entice', so no complaints to the editor please.