Carine is on the up and up. It’s already a gorgeous suburb that’s only a stone’s throw away from the beach, but it’s now starting to see more and more development. And with such progress comes new eateries like Regular Coffee Company which has sprung up just off Marmion Avenue closely to brand new apartments looking out at the ocean.
It’s pretty damn close to my parents house, and to be honest a quick drive from mine too. So spying it online made me sit up and take notice, planning my first brunch outing for 2018 there with my girlfriend Andrea.
The interior of Regular Coffee Company is a visual treat. Concrete, timber, and pops of greenery escaping from the corners and roof rafters. It’s pretty and begs you to come in and chill out; with the glass cabinet showcasing sandwiches and sweets for those who don’t want to order off the menu.
But the menu does feature some pretty damn enticing dishes though, which we both were happy to dive into and pick items that caught our eye.
For Andrea, her choice was the breakfast crostini ($16.50) with grilled sourdough, ricotta, green peas, sugarsnap peas, pickled celeriac, mint, lemon balm, poached egg and verde, plus a medium sized coffee ($4.20 for 8OZ) on the side.
I was happy to see this dish come out as it was my second choice – and I think I’ll have to try it next time. Definitely a healthy option with the plethora of greens and the ricotta which they make in house. I thought it was good to see they understand flavour frequencies with the use of fresh, creamy, sour and pickled ingredients to tick the different boxes of taste.
My selection for breakfast was the regular benedict ($18.50) with smoked Atlantic salmon, pickled fennel, green apple brunoise, shaved radish, poached egg, grilled sourdough and bernaise with a freshly squeezed cold pressed orange juice ($6.50).
It looked as pretty as a picture, with the watermelon radish offering pops of pink which sat in good company with the vivid salmon folds, green herbs and yellow sauce. The bread was excellent, crisp on the edges and soft inside – perfect for soaking up the yolky centre of my poached egg as it spilled out onto the plate.
A good dish. And one that cemented how welcome a venue like Regular Coffee Company is to the northern suburbs. Keep an eye on this one, I feel like it’s going to be a popular venue for locals and people willing to travel for food.