Justin Kony and Michael Almagor are kicking arse at the be-your-own-boss game. They've earned it, having done time at two reputable south side coffee houses (Hobba and Dukes) both known for consistently excellent brews up the residential end of Chapel Street.
This open-plan space is playing the charm card – up-cycled wooden tables are sleek and broad and a central island bar is built from vintage stained glass doors salvaged from Gumtree. With a cool slate grey concrete floor and a crisp white paint job it's very summer beach house, minus the oversized shells.
The decision to devote 70 percent of the menu to all-day brunching is on trend – thumbs up to sleeping in then, with breakfast served until 3pm. Chef Moshe Ittah’s Israeli heritage shines through with Middle-Eastern touches. Go for the current crowd favourite – a pan-fried rösti-like cake of sweet potato and beetroot topped with two poached eggs, thick slices of house-cured salmon, wilted spinach and a zingy horseradish and walnut cream.
Lunches consist of a few salads alongside the obligatory burger on brioche with hand-cut wedges. The forces of good and evil do battle in the duck salad – watercress and radicchio with the citrus kick of orange and a dressing primarily consisting of melted duck fat, topped with triangles of confit duck fried crisp in tempura batter.
They do a high quality filter and espresso helped along by single origin beans from the eco-warriors at Monk Bodhi Dharma and Almagor's steady hand.
Given all the attention to detail elsewhere, we're surprised to find containers of an expensive brand of handwash re-filled with neon pink sludge. But hell, that's a minor kick in the pants for a place pushing excellent coffee and killer brunch.