Kitchen by Mike in Rosebery opened earlier this year with a philosophy that takes dining back to simpler times. You stand in line and point out which dishes you want as you shuffle along to the cashier. It's a canteen where all the cool kids go.
Amidst factories and warehouse sales, Kitchen by Mike is a open-space cafe run by Mike McEnearney. The menu changes every single day, and the only way you can find out what's on offer is to physically pop in or check their Facebook page in the morning.
I try the cabbage & apple slaw alongside the roast pumpkin & Persian feta tartine. The slaw is super-fresh and crunchy. And the tartine is divinely flavoursome with cooked Spanish onions and soft pumpkin.
The sweet corn is dressed with chilli salt and lime. A simple but delicious offering from Mike. And the wood-fired pumpkin, pomegranate and spiced yoghurt is of course a hit. Unfortunately the spiced yoghurt might not appeal to everyone. It's quite tangy, and I actually prefer the pumpkin sans yoghurt.
The coffee is decent, but not really the highlight here. Focus your energy and money on the food, I say. Be prepared to queue up when you order food and make sure you've secured a table before you go up to order.