“There it is.”
“There’s a sign over there.”
It usually isn’t a good sign when you cannot find an establishment’s signage. Friend Ainead had suggested we meet at theLow Road Café for our breakfast catch-up. The SO was dropping me off and I was terribly distracted by the purple Thai restaurant’s massive signage over the building, missing the solitary A-frame sign by the side of the road.
Since I had arrived early, I had a leisurely coffee and watched the morning activity while I waited.
The Low Road Café is small and quirky. Part cafe and part bar, it has limited seating inside. The majority of the seating spills out closer to the road, but a wall of shrubbery provides a nice barrier to mark the cafe’s territory.
Looking around Low Road Café, I found myself surrounded by an oddity of house plants and kitsch ornaments that speak of exotic travels. Everything is a little mismatched, yet seem to hint they may have stories to tell and work well together to provide character.
Some might call Low Road Café a hole-in-the-wall. It is probably an adept description. If Low Road Café were a person, I would say it is that kooky Auntie who wears loud prints, swears like a sailor and probably drinks too early in the day, but is a tonne of fun and the most interesting person at any party.
After being greeted on arrival and invited to sit wherever I pleased, I was presented with the menu and asked if I wanted a coffee. My beverage order arrived quite quickly.
The staff were friendly and sociable. It also appeared they have quite a few regular customers that morning. Food was ordered and payment made at the counter. Service was quick, even as they got busier. I give them the thumbs up in the service department!
The Low Road Café menu covers breakfast and brunch, with the option for additional sides. Ainead studied it and said it had recently been updated.
There was plenty to choose from. Vegetarians will be quite happy here. Simple breakfast options included toast with condiments (AUD$6) and scrambled eggs with haloumi, dill, tzatziki and olive oil (AUD$17).
I was tossing up between the Low Road Beans and the tortillas with black bean salsa, guacamole, smoky mushrooms and chimichurri (AUD$17.50). Ainead was also attracted to the Low Road Beans, but worried about having jalapenos first thing in the morning and chose the omelette instead.
I had no such qualms and was delighted by how much flavour the beans had. The jalapenos had a mild heat that tickled, which was probably mellowed out further by the sour cream. I walked away really satisfied from the empty plate and I would definitely go back again to try some of the other menu offerings.