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15 Sep 2014 • 6 Comments
If you have not been to Ti Kouka Cafe, upstairs at 73 Willis Street, you are definitely missing out. This is now about my fifth visit and it just gets better. I didn’t realise it’s been open since 2010!
Shep the chef/owner was trained in London and also by Al Brown. It shows. He and his brother source local, organic, seasonal produce where possible. It’s music to my ears when they accommodate those with special dietary requirements; take note gluten-free, fodmap or paleo/primal followers. Their staff have no qualms with your questions.
Start off with a coffee. They are now using Red Rabbit and this definitely got the big thumbs up from all of us. Or choose from the large drinks menu; organic juice, chia, milkshake, fizzy or coconut water. BTW, the menu is mouth-watering, so you do need time to peruse it, as you will struggle to decide what to have! They also have blackboard specials.
You can have toast, muesli, porridge and by no means are these just stock standard options. Their descriptions are so deliciously tempting and inviting e.g. ginger ricotta hotcakes, brioche french toast or boiled, scrambled or poached eggs with chorizo or smoked salmon. Their sides are also yummy. I had organic scrambled eggs with a side of roast pumpkin, feta and balsamic but skipped the toast. Taste and presentation are divine. Lunch options can be a sticky beef or haloumi burger, pulled pork sandwich, gnocchi, or fish or chicken main.
They are so accustomed to serving corporates as they are conscious of your time, and they pride themselves on the efficient delivery of drinks and meals. Their service is friendly, and nothing is a problem.
They have funky artwork on display and the place has a nice ambiance. Prices and portion sizes are good. Locals pop in just to buy a drink and something delicious from their cabinet/counter, as it’s always laden with stunning slices, pies, cakes or scones, including GF options. Their macadamia cheesecake is famous and it’s great that they always change up their baking.
Get thee to Ti Kouka!
Hours are Monday to Friday 7.30am to 3.30pm for breakfast and lunch, and brunch 9.30 to 3.30pm on Saturday.
Written by guest blogger, Denise Menara