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Published February 1st 2013
Enjoy the warm, homely atmosphere of this cafe on Petrie Tce
On the corner of Petrie Terrace and Princess St, a new cafe has opened, called Scout. I've walked past this previously-vacant space many times and longed for something to occupy it. I dropped in to have weekend breakfast and chat with proprietors, Candy and Suse.
This location will be lovely in winter, with the morning sun streaming through; however, after my stroll from Spring Hill, I was quite warm, but the fans were on and churning to keep the place cool. I was greeted, seated and served a bottle of chilled water promptly, and asked if I wanted cold drink or coffee. I ordered an affogato (a weekend treat) and although there was just a hint of that not being on the menu, it was created and served to me without fuss.
Scout has been opened all of four days when I visited and offered a small food menu, which was made tough for me needing a lactose-free option (before you ask, ice-cream doesn't seem to affect my tummy). After looking through the options, and with some help, I selected carrot date loaf with pistachio ricotta, which was much more delicious than I could ever have expected, with a natural sweet goodness from the dates. The bottle of chilled water from when I arrived was deftly replaced as the owner Suze checked on my meal and had a chat with me.
Carrot date loaf with pistachio ricotta, served at Scout
Looking around, I noticed a lovely separate room which had eight stools around a solid wooden table - perfect for a work meeting. Scout has a lovely homely feel, which is lacking in the Petrie Terrace area. You can head up to Barracks for an upmarket experience, or Caxton St, but this is a welcome addition to the area.