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Moray Cafe in New Farm is a longstanding popular foodie destination in the wonderfully cool inner city suburb of New Farm. WeekendNotes writers have visited Moray Cafe in 2011 and 2014, so I wanted to see what it was like in 2017 and experience it for myself.
The cafe offers indoor and outdoor seating as well as counter service. The counter is quite beautiful with smart subway tiles and a cake fridge filled with assorted and tempting cakes, slices and biscuits. The indoor area features a long, narrow row of seats which take advantage of the large windows and feels a bit like an atrium while offering loads of light and a glimpse of the streetscape.
The menu However, a rainy summers day couldn't dampen my visit to The Moray with the atmosphere being casual and the service very friendly and welcoming. I decided on a chai latte which arrived quickly after ordering.
Browsing through the menu, I discovered that Moray serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with a couple of surprise dishes. Alongside mandatory egg and avocado standard breakfast items, the menu also offers a creamy tapioca pudding($15.00). Lunch offerings include pizza, burgers (including a kim chi pork burger), and salads. At night, the dinner menu steps up a mark where visitors can sample the twice baked crab and gruyere soufflé ($19.00), roasted capsicum and butternut pumpkin arancini ($19-26)
Oh, and did I mention that the Moray is licenced! Why not finish the day by kicking back at the happy hour between 4-6pm Thursday to Sunday.
The Standout While the menu is interesting and the venue is comfortable, the giant fig tree is, for me, the standout feature. It shades the cafe from the elements and is hard to miss and really who would want to. This ancient tree stands majestically on the corner of Moray and Sydney street and welcome visitors to the cafe. With its massive truck and thick prominent branches, it is certainly an eye-catcher. There were even a couple of cute and cuddly visitors (a toy reindeer and teddy bear) making a home in a hole in the truck while surrounded by blue fairy lights.
There are multiple options for getting to the Moray Cafe. Of course, the conventional way is by car and there is lots of street parking in Moray and Sydney Streets. The 196 bus stops right outside. If you opt for the scenic route and wish to come by boat, the Sydney Street ferry stop is in the next street or you can hire a CityCycle bike and use some pedal power after which time I'm sure you will need a coffee and something to eat.