Evo Espresso is a well hidden delight in the not so talked about suburb of Yeronga on the South side. Now, despite being a newly self acclaimed Northsider, I do not disregard the gems of the other side and I think I may have found one.
At first glance this small cafe can easily go unnoticed as it is nestled amongst some corner shops, however its location across the street from the Yeronga Primary School makes it a parents' coffee hot spot. Not often do we find decent coffee and a cosy and trendy atmosphere in a quiet suburban street, but yay, we have Evo.
After taking my sweet time in finally noticing it was right under my nose, and partially blinded by my disregard for cafes that advertise the brand of coffee they use on their umbrellas, I took a chance on a possibly good find. I was surprised on my first visit to see just how many locals were nestled in on the cushioned seats sipping lattes and catching up on some reading. It is a most welcoming place with a smiling face to greet you as soon as you walk in and a sense of community as friends frequently bump into one another if they hadn't already planned to meet.
I have lost count of how many times I have been to my new hangout myself; I often stroll up the road to pick up a take away or on sunny days, not rare in Brisbane, I sit out side under the umbrellas with my laptop and a constant stream of flat whites for a couple of hours. The staff are so friendly and insist you enjoy your stay - a stay made even more enjoyable by one of their mandarin cup cakes. Oh yes, the edibles and drinkables.
Not once have I been disappointed with their espresso. I have tried lattes, flat whites, capps, mochas, caramel lattes, yes even with soy milk, and I hear their frappes are not so crappe either. Their beverages are made professionally and skill fully which is Evo-dent in every sip.
They feature a small menu of basic but delicious brekky and lunch nibbles such as fruit toast, banana bread, quiches, sandwiches and wraps that are all freshly made. However, my heart has been stolen by a mandarin cup cake that I have never even heard of or seen before. This is worth visiting Evo for even just the once; a moist, tangy cake combined with the creamiest, zestiest cream cheese frosting and topped with candied mandarin zest. It is $4:50 and they always have them - I always have them - I don't even like mandarins very much but I am going to have these cakes at my wedding!
Visit Evo Espresso; it's lovely and made lovelier by the pretty homewares shop along side it which is worth a browse.