At first glance one sees something resembling a workshop complete with wooden bench, shelves and accoutrement. Look closer and you will find steampunk-inspired jewellery and other items dotting the industrial-look cafe. Even the Christmas trees are flat wooden palings on poles.
Steampunk was the inspiration behind Steam Scene Café, the idea brought on by the steam from the coffee machine.
Steampunk is a growing fascination with 19th century machinery and fashion combined with sci-fi and fairy tale characters. Art, clothing and accessories with metallic-look, moving parts including weaponry, transform a person into a fantasious character from the past, combined with modern concepts.
The steampunk items for sale are created by Nature's Forge. Attractive mechanics and faux jewels are crafted with care. Other items for sale include art photos, pencil sketches, steampunk drinking flasks or hairpins, lip balm, knitted cacti and moustaches on a stick. For more information on steampunk visit the Steampunk World Fair website.
The café has a warm, country hospitality atmosphere. Many slogans adorn the walls, such as 'Have a Delicious Day' and 'Pilates? Oh - I thought you meant pies and lattes.' Rock music throbs from a local radio station.
Even the menu wears a wooden cover.
A café was sorely needed in this location, smack in the middle of the carpark of the expansive Harvey Norman shopping area, 920 Ruthven Street.
All day lunch and breakfast includes BLAT wrap, Cajun-spiced wedges, chicken burger sans butter or sauce, GF toast, cinnamon fruit toast, bacon and eggs, breakfast toasted wrap of bacon, eggs, cheese, avocado and a sauce of your choice. Simple old egg on toast for $9.50 is a tasty start to your day. Perhaps select a beef burger with beetroot, considered the proper way to make an Aussie hamburger. Veggie burgers based on chickpea and lentils are another healthy choice.
From the cabinet try poppy and orange cake drizzled with raspberry, GF banana loaf, GF red velvet cake or apple and cinnamon loaf.
For a cup of tea with a difference try Blooming Tea, a four-cup pot full of flowers and herbs. Other teas include Rooibos, English Breakfast and Chai Vanilla.
Coffee is Steam Scene's unique organic blend, locally roasted. The range includes Vienna, Piccolo, espresso and chai latte. Cappuccinos are heavy on the chocolate powder. The coffee goes down smoothly but has a surprising kick. Almond and rice milk are available for the non-moo drinkers.
Syrups for smoothies, milkshakes or coffees include: mint, choc orange and raspberry. If you bring your own reusable hot beverage cup you receive a fifty cent discount.
Suspended Coffee Program
The cafe offers suspended coffees and meals to pre-purchase for someone in need. This service applies non-discriminantly for example, people whose pay cheque is late, whose card was rejected at the cashier, people with lots of children, the elderly, homeless persons and any disadvantaged person. You purchase a voucher for another person and fill in the card with what the gift is covering, for example, 'two free coffees'. Sometimes Steam Scene lets the house cover the cost. Their generosity extends to helping Rosies, Friends on the Streets by supplying free goods to help with Friday night services to the homeless.
Steam Scene Cafe markets help customers unwind after shopping for the larger items in the shopping complex.
Steam Scene holds monthly markets with the next coming up on 5 and 6 December 2015. The November markets offered no steampunk items, whose stalls included kids' bags and other items steam-pressed with names, soft toys, wool and fabric accessories and fabric roses. Pestos and Balsamic Vinegar varieties were inventive with combos such as coconut and caramelised spiced rum and blood orange. These can liven up your wine as well as salads. 'Quick gourmet food' is the motivation for Your Inspiration at Home's flavoursome jars. Nutrimetics also had a stall of attractive beauty products.
Catering is available via the mobile café including morning drop-ins for schools and camping grounds as well as business sites. Steam Scene Cafe opens a new branch at Westridge shopping centre in December 2015.
Add to your steampunk accessories or drop in after hiking the shopping complex. And if you're struggling to pay the bills, avail yourself of a Suspended Coffee voucher.