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Published October 31st 2018
Get your daily coffee here
Ivanhoe East has a new cafe and it's fantastic. The Daily Harvest has risen from the ashes of Jamie's Bittersweet in a shopping village saturated with coffee shops and eateries. It's fair to say that I have done the rounds of the coffee offerings in the village and I have a big call to make.
Daily Harvest has the best coffee in the street. It's not just the fabulous rich flavour of the Industry beans, it's the smooth porcelain cups in muted natural colours, it's the cheerful barista and it's the general feel of the cafe that makes me want to visit more and more often. Even the take away cups are cool. Each biocup is adorned with the designs of an Australian artist so they are bright, beautiful and instantly recognisable, but it's the sustainability angle that gets me excited. The cups are recyclable, compostable and carbon neutral. If we can afford to drink take away coffee, we can afford to think about the effect of this practice on the environment.
Taking over the site of Jamie's Bittersweet cafe and bakery was always going to be a challenge. Jamie made a huge effort to be a part of all community events and was a warm welcoming man who knew everyone by name. The team at Daily Harvest have done a total renovation, even stripping back the plaster to the red brick. The space has been warmed up with a timber servery and tables. Large pots containing greenery have been used to bring a bit of life into the space and do the job well. The cafe/restaurant provides a cosy environment for coffee meetings and lunch dates.
The warm new fit out at The Daily Harvest
The Daily Harvest menu is an interesting departure from the usual cafe fare of the area. Lunch offerings range from Truffled Pork, Salad Niçoise with either Kingfish or Tofu, Curd and Beets or Grilled Octopus, Beef Burger, Pork Belly, Fillet Steaks with a range of sides.
I can highly recommend the Niçoise with tofu. The flavours are delicate and the combination of crisp tofu and dried heirloom tomatoes, broad beans, baby fennel, pickled red onions and baby capers with an olive tapenade.
Try the Salad Niçoise at The Daily Harvest Ivanhoe East
The breakfast menu offers the usual suspects when it comes to the first meal of the day but you can guarantee that a chef who has worked with the likes of Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay will add a little something special to your smashed avo or bacon and eggs.
Cafe manager, Adam, tells me that the chef, Andrew Zdravkovski, was flown in from Adelaide to run the kitchen and help take the business to the next level. In the near future The Daily Harvest will be opening for dinner service. With a bill of fare similar to the lunch menu, as well as a liquor licence, they are sure to attract plenty of customers. The venue will be a romantic spot for date nights and catch ups with friends.