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Published May 18th 2016
Trendy Look, Inspiring Owner And Great Service
There's the best vitamin you'll ever taste!
You only have to speak to Gabi for a few minutes to know that anything she does is going to be special. Gabby is the owner of Heroes Espresso, another cafe and not coincidently the salon Shiba next door. There is quite a story behind her having two businesses next door to each other in High St.
You can't miss them
Gabi had been running Shiba hair studio for a number of years when the real estate agent contacted her about the next-door property being re-leased to the fish business. She decided she would rather set up a café. It didn't faze her that she had never run a cafe before, apart from when she was young at Uni. She laughed when she told me it had been an interesting hike and a great learning curve. Today it looks like it's worked out pretty well for her. She was sitting at the front bench seats looking pretty relaxed greeting customers and enjoying the sunshine and a delicious coffee made by Pearl-Mary.
Gabi says she trusts the staff to run the cafe as their own and just pops in and out to make sure everything is running smoothly. She said she likes to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. I love her honesty and sense of integrity. She's told her staff that a review would be happening but not when. She explained that whatever feedback she gets will be positive because there's always something to improve on and that she didn't want the staff to treat me any differently to anyone else.
Pearl-Mary, barista and waitress of the year
So now I know that one of their strengths is the waitress team that works so well together. Pearl-Mary and Sophie were on roster today and they obviously love their work. They were very friendly, helpful and patient.
There are many great cafes in High Street, Preston but she is not worried about those. I didn't know if doing this review would be a conflict of interest because one of my favourites, (Brown Bear Cafe) is just up the road. Gabi was unperturbed, she said 'They have their clientele and strengths and we have ours'.
Sliders bursting with homemade coleslaw
Decorated in bright colours and enormous birds nest lighting, they pride themselves on the very fresh food made on the spot out back, their Toby's coffee and the service. The coffee window and outdoor seating has a very modern feel and saves congestion inside the café. I was surprised by how quiet it was. Apart from us, there were several singles dining and working. I'm guessing they are regulars enjoying the homemade lunches and all day breakfast.
You can see it's fresh
Sourdough bread toast, fruit toast or banana bread are priced from just $3.90. The most expensive breakfast item is the Heroes breakfast at $15.90. The most expensive lunch item was a Chicken Parma with homemade tomato sauce, grated cheese served with chips and salad. You'd better be hungry to manage this one. There are also lots of cheap side options. Their coffee and drinks list is about as long as the food menu. I loved the freshly squeezed orange juice.
Heroes Espresso is in the process of going organic. They are working with the locals and the community garden so that it can be sustained.
Hard to pick - they all look so good
It was pretty hard to make a selection from the delicious looking options. We ended up with the pulled pork and homemade coleslaw sliders on two brioche buns, roast veggies and cheese and spinach filo. When we said we'd share Sophie, said 'Then I'll bring you big serves'.
We couldn't decide which desserts to have, so we shared a TimTam cake (my favourite), a Tim Tam cheesecake (my sister's favourite) and an amazing blueberry crumble (my Mum's favourite). When we couldn't eat it all we were offered a takeaway bag, delivered with a Heroes sticker seal.
Gabi has thought of everything
After the meal, I asked my mum what she thought and she said 'Nice'. I pointed out that every time I'd asked her about something she had tried she said the same thing. Her reply was 'That's because it was all nice'. I don't think you'd have any trouble finding something you like on the menu. On the contrary, it might be hard to choose between all the tasty fresh foods made on the premises. And most importantly to me, the service was great.
I wish I'd asked Gabi why she chose the name Heroes Espresso. She is a hero to me. Heroes Espresso is definately worth a visit or two.