Despite its bright red frontage, Amsterdam Street is not the kind of cafe you will tend to stumble across because it’s tucked off Church Street. But as a result it’s the perfect place hide by yourself to relax with the weekend papers.
They have an extensive all day breakfast menu and for lunch they also offer simple sandwiches, wraps and burgers. Being on a bit of a health kick I decided on a wrap with marinated tofu, grilled pumpkin, capsicum and spinach ($11.50). It was a very substantial sandwich and the crunchy toasted wrap contrasted nicely with the relatively mushy ingredients inside and the peanutty (though not particularly authentic) satay sauce.
The health kick was short-lived. As I follow Sugadeaux on Twitter I knew that she delivered cupcakes to Amsterdam Street so of course I had to try one. It was a moist chocolate cupcake topped with a crown of cream cheese icing (which I prefer over a large slather covering the whole cake) and a nice sweet treat to end my lunch ($4.50).
The cheerfully decorated café seems to be the kind of place which encourages lingering, with multiple copies of the newspapers and magazines, friendly service and no sense of being hurried out after your meal. I like it.
- Amsterdam St, 1 Amsterdam St, Richmond +61 3 9421 0690