Saturday, January 1, 2011
I've been very slack of late and the blog has suffered. My only excuse for my tardiness is that we moved house and I found out I was pregnant (why these have stopped me writing my blog who knows).
Seeing this is my first blog post the move, what better way to honor this, then to write a blog about our newly found coffee shop. Retro Espresso is conveniently located about 50 metres from our house, much to the delight of Clint, who was quite concerned about proximity to coffee in his "list of essentials" when buying a house.
It's a hole-in-the-wall kind of place on a busy road in Wavell Heights and attracts lots of drive-buys for take-away coffee. On the weekends though, it broadens it's spectrum to mums, bubs, cyclists and dogs - all spreading out along the pavement. And it does actually have a cute little courtyard behind it with more seating if you venture up the stairs at the back of the shop.
What more could we want - great coffee only a stone's throw from the house? The only thing that Retro is missing is good food. Probably due to lack of space, it doesn't have a full kitchen - so they really only do toast, muffins and cakes. I've decided the key to a great local neighbourhood cafe isn't necessarily offering a menu 10 pages long, but serving a few menu items and doing them damn well (one of my benchmarks is a little cafe in Rozelle on the "Herbie's" side of Victoria Rd, can't even remember it's name now, but it did a delicious avocado & tomato on toast, which I used to love).
But, we're lucky to have a coffee shop so close to home and I'm sure Retro will do good business from us!
198 Edinburgh Castle Road