The same cannot be said of the weekend just passed. Saturday saw queues out the door and down the road, while on Sunday the trio had to issue a Facebook apology when they ran out of food. A week in, these are the signs of a new local, well received.
This has always been a popular spot with Avondale and New Windsor residents. The previous tenant, Sweetie cafe, while stuck in a time warp of bowl lattes and paninis, generally pulled a decent crowd – the comfy chairs and chalkboard menu a welcome respite from that citywide trend of hard stools and exposed-filament lightbulbs. Elder and co didn’t know the space was up for grabs until they went in to buy kitchen equipment. They ended up leaving without any gear – “it was all a bit rubbish” – but with a new venue instead.
Hare and the Turtle’s eight-long sandwich menu is deceptively simple sounding, but in fact beef cheeks for the Daisy sarnie are slow-cooked for 20 hours with juniper, onion and butter; cheese is smoked down the road by a secret friend; the mirepoix of vegetables in the Smokey Joe remoulade are precision-cut by hand; and the giant, $5 cinnamon buns are made to a Cinnabon recipe found on Google, refined by Best Ugly Bagel’s head baker. Supreme Boxer Blend coffee completes the offering.
The name – the title of a song by Elder’s old band – is meant to reflect the casual nature of the cafe. “If you’re in for a coffee and a bite, you win. If you’re in for a long lunch, you win,” she says.
1/63 New Windsor Rd