We like the way they talk, and we sure as hell like the way they make coffee at this laneway café
They're really into music at Suzie Q. Next to the counter is a haphazard record collection from the golden days of rock and soul for sale. A shelf of staff records provides the day's soundtrack – on our visit it’s Jeff Buckley’s Grace.
It looks like these guys’ talent lies in food assembly – we reckon they’d be a dab hand at Ikea too. The breakfast platter is a gargantuan plate of food for one person and they make an even bigger version for two. Half an avocado, a boiled egg, seasoned ricotta, Kalamata olives, cucumber, tomato and lightly toasted brown bread appear on a board alongside enough smoked trout to feed a small fishing village. It also comes with prosciutto if morning seafood isn’t your thing.
The coffee here is by Victorian roasters Dukes. It’s smooth and nutty without a hint of bitterness and you’ll find yourself staring at an empty cup before you know it. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait long for a second round. Oh, and if it’s available, order a slice of the impossibly moist Turkish orange cake, made with polenta – it's also gluten free.
|Venue name:||Suzie Q Coffee and Records|
1/18 Hutchinson Street
|Opening hours:||Mn-Fri 7am-4pm; Sat, Sun 8am-4pm|