Mermaid’s favourite neighbourhood café has reopened its doors this week with a brand new name, look and menu to keep you on your toes.
Vintage Espresso was a local institution for many moons but with times a-changing as rapidly as they do these days, owner Chantelle Steele decided it was time for something new.
Steele & Co., brings a sleek new take on the Alfred Street space with matte black furniture and chandeliers strung with brightly coloured cords and exposed bulbs and, the pièce de résistance, a canary yellow coffee machine making all the magic.
It’s set to be your summer go-to for pre-surf coffees and post walk, straight off the beach breakfast feasts thanks to a brand new chef (three hat accredited mind you) and barista, both of whom are experts in their hospo field.
Onto the food. Vintage was always known for its’ tasty eats and Steele & Co. have now upped their game even further.
For breakfast the French Toast is pretty as a picture with grilled peaches, mint, maple syrup and vanilla ice cream (seriously so good). There’s also the housemade Steele & Co. baked beans with bacon, chorizo and baby spinach plus poached eggs and sourdough on the side.
The lunch menu is made up of even more delightful treats with the Eggplant Canneloni and Crab and Saffron Linguine the pick of the bunch.
You can also nab yourself a small coffee for just $2 from 6am to 7am weekdays so that’s fun.
Happy days Mermaid Beach.
LOCATION: 43 Alfred Street, Mermaid Beach
HOURS: 6am to 3pm weekdays and 6am to 2pm weekends.
Words and photos by Kirra Smith.