The Roast Office is the creation of partners - Joel Butler, Johnny Broadfoot and Ben Beau. Opening only six months ago, together they have transformed what was once the old Darley Road Post Office at Eastern Hill into an uber cool Cafe. Open 7 days for breakfast and lunch, weekdays from 6.30am - 2pm and weekends from 7am - 2pm.
Instantly I could see clever thought and remarkable talent had gone into the design of the interior. The decor oozed character. All three owners are skilled carpenters as well as great cooks. They have custom-made the interior fit out along with most of the furnishings - in fact they also have a business in selling the pieces that feature in the cafe.
The rest of the seating consists of a couple of comfy retro armchairs. Just the spot to recline while sipping the perfect espresso.
I was eyeing a lovely Bentwood Antique dining chair that had a unique design. It would have been a prize to buy. Other quirky art pieces, like the row of vintage movie theatre seats added to the collection.
Breakfast options such as Egg Soldiers and Mean Beans on Toast brought me back to gran's kitchen. But of course you could order a bacon and egg roll to soak up the boozy night before or maybe healthy seaside salmon with smashed avocado, crumbled feta, rocket on sourdough.
Mouth drooling and tummy growling I almost wished I had been here for breakfast instead. I cut to the chase asking what was popular for lunch. Joel suggested I would enjoy the Reuben which was a large sambo of sliced corned beef, melted swiss cheese, sauerkraut and russian dressing on sourdough rye. He warned me that I might find it quite filling. After lunch I was planning to go to a nearby beach - visions of budda belly flashed in my mind so I chose the Lamb Sambo and a fresh cold pressed juice instead .
The 2pm closing time was fast approaching and I could see a few others patrons busy on their computers enjoying the free Wifi and their last coffee. Do note that coffee addicts can be assured of a great brew as beans are from Background Speciality Coffee Roasters in Brookvale. The flavour of their Direct Blend has a high level of complexity, distinctive smoothness and sweetness guaranteeing a perfect cup.