Local Press Cafe is a wholefood cafe on the scenic Kingston Foreshore, on Lake Burley Griffin. It would have to be the most popular cafe on the waterfront, with locals often seen lining up for a table on a sunny Sunday, after shopping at the Old Bus Depot Markets nearby. It is popular for a reason, as the menu is inventive with healthy meals which are full of nutritious, tasty ingredients which are ethically sourced. The actual cafe itself is also a friendly and comforting place to walk into, with distressed wooden tables, mismatched chairs, exposed brick walls, hanging vintage lights and eclectic objects around the room, which all fit into the rustic decor.
After missing out on a table on previous attempts, our family arrived early at opening time on a Saturday morning to ensure a table. We weren't the only early-risers there, with a few other groups meeting for breakfast as well as walkers stopping by for takeaway coffees, whilst walking the Eastern Loop around the lake. We grabbed a table inside and looked out onto the view and people out for their morning exercise. It was quiet, peaceful bliss before the weekend began.
The menu, as you would expect, is full of healthy options and delicious flavour combinations. If you are dining there for breakfast, menu options include "Sauteed Mushrooms - garlic, thyme and sage oil, pine nuts. almonds, neufchatel, greens, poached eggs and soughdough" ($18), "Avo on Toast - sprouted lentils, seeds, shallots, roasted broc puree, egg yolk, lemon and activated charcoal salt" ($16), "Chili Scabble - crab meat, scrambled eggs, chili, chourico ricotta, asian herbs and lime" ($18) and "Crumpets - lemon curd, kiwi fruit, strawberries, stonefruit, seed mix (flax, sunflower, pepita, quinoa, coconut)" ($17). See the full menu here.
On our occasion, we chose the Sauteed Mushrooms and Avo on Toast, whilst our daughter enjoyed a Berry and Coconut Muffin and brightly coloured Smoothie. When our meals came out, we all let out a sigh of relief as they hit the table. For three hungry people, each meal looked delicious, with large servings and chunky ingredients for the two breakfast meals and a warmed-up muffin with an irresistible smell, for our daughter. You couldn't have found a happier table.
Sauteed Mushrooms - garlic, thyme and sage oil, pine nuts. almonds, neufchatel, greens, poached eggs and soughdough ($18)
On such a relaxed morning, we all took our time enjoying the flavours of each dish. The Sauteed Mushrooms were mildly flavoured and particularly filling, with every last mouthful eaten. The Avo on Toast was also flavoursome, with crunchy seeds and lentils on top which gave it a tasty texture, enjoyed with the smooth egg yolk and puree. I personally am not a lover of salt, so I could really taste the "activated charcoal salt" (perhaps the only drawback), however I enjoyed the overall flavour and ate every last seed and lentil on my plate. Our daughter pulled the muffin apart and filled herself up with the wholesome flavours within and couldn't get enough of the Smoothie. The friendly man behind the counter who took our order, had kindly suggested that he could provide two glasses if we were going to share a Smoothie, which was ideal. Once our daughter finished hers - she then cheekily then looked at mine! The flavours are strong, but oh-so-good. They also have a wide range of Cold Pressed Juices and if you enjoy a pot of tea, expect it to come out with a colourful knitted tea cosy to brighten your day. See here for the Drinks Menu.
Local Press offers more than just a cafe experience, it offers a chance to start the day on the right note with health and nutrition. When we left Local Press we felt energised, inspired and ready to start the day. Why don't you try it for yourself this weekend?
Wholesome goodness (and good coffee!), on the scenic Kingston Foreshore