The Fine and Dandy Café
A home away from home for hungry West Brunswickers
If Sunday calls for ‘Pancakes that ate West Brunswick’, then head to Melville Road. Light and fluffy, they come strewn with lemon and sugar, or butter and maple.
That’s just one of the treats you’ll find at The Fine and Dandy Café, an unpretentious little diner offering all-day breakfasts and home-style meals, and located on a strip more attuned to antiques and collectables than freshly roasted coffee beans.
The décor’s eccentric yet homely. Navigate beaded door curtains through a bright green door and into a space laden with gold and pink wallpaper. It’s a dangerous combination, green and hot pink, but somehow it works. Outside, potted pink flowers dress a tired footpath.
“After food, coffee or all of the above?” owner Sue Hetherington chirps from behind the counter. With personality and a spotty red apron, she’s likely to remember your name and is happy to chat.
A mini chalkboard lists daily specials. Concerned about culling food miles, Sue turns locally sourced produce into everything from spanakopita to eggplant parmigiana or salmon patties with corn and coriander. Generous portions come with sides wholesome pumpkin, couscous and chickpea salad. A traditional hidden-egg meatloaf makes an appearance in the cabinet below. Rare as it is, choosing between it and a toastie constructed with Dench bread can prove difficult.
Old-style cornie cookies, charming chocolate cake with sprinkles or moist banana cake with zingy, zesty icing go well with single-origin coffees from Andrew Lew at The Mailing Room. Word is they also do a fine chai latte. For “kidliwinks”, there’s fairy bread and Little Golden Books.
Perch on a green polka-dot stool by the window and browse a designer homeware mag between mouthfuls. With vintage recipes, a bit of passion and an old-style grill and microwave, Sue proves you don’t need much for a great café.
Where: 135 Melville Rd, West Brunswick
Hours: Tue-Fri 7am-3pm | Sat-Sun 8am-4pm
Phone: 0403 704 449