Friends of Mine is a great name for a cafe, based on the gangster film, but also echoes the care and attitude of the attentive staff towards the clientele. This cafe is a foodie haven and a serious coffee destination. And it feels like one big happy family. A relative of Snow Pony and Porgie and Mr Jones, also great cafes, Friends of Mine delivers on all fronts.
Sit outside and enjoy the outdoor area next to Swan Street. Or enjoy the great atmosphere inside which features a kind of rustic cafe area and a fine dining area. Come here on a weekend and you are bound to wait a while as this cafe is popular.
The fit out is attractive with concrete floor, a chandelier, plenty of space and cool communal tables. And loads of yellow.
A great menu includes stellar breakfast options such as the Hung Over - herb and cheese toast with poached eggs, bacon and avocado. Or a breakfast of smashed avocado. Or the sensational banana bread. Or grab a tart or cake. Or a pork and fennel sausage piadina.
But it's the small brioche roll that gets me - so good - it's hard to eat just one.
The coffee is excellent here and poured from a large La Marzacco.
Another highlight is the condiments and the breads ready for you to take away. Definitely a keeper.