Warehouses in the Teneriffe and Newstead area are being reinvented into spanking new retail and dining spaces. Shucked Coffee House can count itself amongst these with its retro vibe and furnishings, raided from Grandma’s living room. Its original high ceilings and large windows let in plenty of sunshine and their tables are laid out with kitschy doilies and vintage dishes for salt and pepper. It might look like something out of the 70s or 80s, but it makes the warehouse coffee house somewhat a home away from home – if you were an 80s child.
While Shucked Coffee House isn’t terribly far from where we live, it isn’t in an area one might ordinarily explore. Unless you’re in the market for a new car. The cafe is on a little street behind a row of car yards, which is generally quiet whenever we come in on the weekend and we haven’t had trouble finding a park yet.
Shucked Coffee House‘s menu is printed on a simple sheet of paper, but their boards are far prettier to look at. Whoever wrote on them has some of the most gorgeous handwriting I’ve seen. They change their waffle flavours regularly, so check it out before you make your final meal decision.
The SO and I have such different tastes when it comes to coffee – he likes his strong, while I stick with the milky mellow stuff. Yet we haven’t been able to find much fault with the coffee at Shucked Coffee House. I have had their chai latte as well and found it a tad too sweet, but otherwise, I cannot complain.
Get Shucked might almost sound rude for what most people would refer to as a big breakfast. Two beautifully poached wobbly eggs sat atop a food pile of toasted baguette, a generous scoop of avocado smash, mushrooms, good quality bacon and a chipolata sausage. While the SO enjoyed his hearty breakfast and couldn’t fault the quality of the meal, he commented he felt the AUD$23 price tag should have warranted a larger portion as most other establishments offering a similar meal would be priced somewhere between $16 – $20.
As I had been up early that day and already munched on two slices of toast at home lest I faint away in the middle of morning chores, I went with a lighter breakfast option in the ‘Stone the Crows’ – three corn and feta fritters served with not very wilted spinach leaves and a watery tomato relish. If you’re hungry and/or a big eater, Stone the Crows on its own might not satisfy unless you top the dish up with eggs or avocado for an additional AUD$2.
When you dine at Shucked Coffee House and share photos with #shucked on instagram, you not only get a 5% discount – you also go into the running for a free breakfast if you’re a new Instagram follower of @shucked. I snagged one (thanks, Naomi!) and used it as soon as I could.
On that occasion, I asked the waitress for a recommendation and The Three Monks was on the top of her savouries list. I gotta say this hit the spot – the saltiness from the hollandaise and pink salmon made the tacky ooze from the poached egg yolk all the more delightful. Even the toast slices were easy to cut through with a butter knife and mopped up the mixture of pale and bright yellow lava on my plate.
The SO was instantly attracted to Harry’s Hash and wanted to try something different. The sweet potato hash was finely grated, almost akin to a rosti and almost as flat as a pancake. This delicious base was crispy round the edges and wasn’t overly seasoned, so its natural sweetness came through and matched the rest of the dish’s salty companions well.
Disclaimer: We dined at Shucked Coffee House with a free breakfast voucher once, but paid for our meal on other occasions.