It's so wonderful to see small businesses thriving in this day and age, particularly those in flood affected areas. Slinky Espresso opened it's Fairfield doors in 2011, soon after the floods and has been garnering local support ever since. I'd been meaning to stop in there for so long and today afforded the perfect opportunity to get in and out of the rain and treat myself to some afternoon tea.
Owner and Head Barista Kate O'Brien is passionate about coffee and has created a family friendly cafe that offers not only great coffee, but city food at suburban prices.
The cafe is open and clean, the decor warm, natural and inviting which creates an overall fresh funky feel. Milk crate stools and tables line the muralled wall outside, and inside the seating is extremely soft and comfortable booths (I love booth seating, it makes me feel like I'm in a scene from Happy Days); the perfect blend of the old and the new.
Slinky Espresso uses 100% Arabica blend coffee supplied by Genovese and guarantees it has been been roasted within a week of being served. The result is a splendid, super smooth brew. If you're not a coffee fan there are a range of delicious beverages on offer including iced coffee and chocolate, fresh frappes, smoothies and frushees (fruit slushees) and a wide assortment of herbal teas. And unlike most cafes, you can opt for gluten free soy milk, or gluten and lactose free Zymil at no extra charge. Love that!
Next to the front counter is a display case offering a selection of filled foccacias, rolls, croissants and a spectacular looking spinach and feta pie. Sweet treats such as brightly coloured macaroons, lemon curd tarts, and apple & rhubard strudel line the top shelf, each as tempting and tantalising as the next. Atop the cabinet sat gluten free orange and almond cake, gluten free brownies and a selection of fresh muffins.
I ordered a soy hot chocolate ($3.50) and couldn't resist the gluten free orange and almond cake ($5.50), which I'm told is made by a couple of local West End ladies. The hot chocolate won't make my Top 3 Hot Chocolates in Brisbane list but it was nice, the soy milk giving it a delicious nutty flavour. The cake, well the cake was out of this world. Moist and sweet without being sickly sweet, with a zesty cream frosting - they didn't have any that day but the cake sometimes comes with Earl Grey frosting which sounds strangely intriguing.
I love going out for Sunday brekky but the cafes at West End where I usually go are so overpriced - looking at the menu on the wall I decided I would have to venture back to Slinky for breakfast one day as the food sounded just as appealing as the prices. Considering they don't have a kitchen per se, they have an impressive array of dishes on offer. My first try would probably be the Smashed Avocado on Sourdough ($7.00), the Free Range Cheesy Scrambled Eggs on Sourdough ($7.50) or the Vegie Wrap ($6.50). If I was hankering for something sweeter I'd go for the Banana and Walnut Bread with Ricotta and Honey ($3.50) or the French Toast with Orange and Vanilla Mascarpone ($10.00 weekends only).
Free Range Cheesy Eggs on Sourdough
Banana and Walnut Bread with Ricotta and Honey
The service was fantastic, the staff friendly and they seemed to have a great rapport with the clientele, many of whom appeared to be returning locals. All in all, a favourable visit and I will definitely be returning shortly; I fervently recommend you support small business, and visit Slinky Espresso the next time you're after a coffee break, or an awesome brekky that won't break the bank.
At Shop 3, 190 Fairfield Rd Fairfield, Slinky Espresso is open Monday - Friday 6.00am - 4.00pm, Saturday 7.00am - 1.00pm and Sunday 8.00am - 1.00pm.