Espresso 96 has just launched its delicious new menu, and we were lucky enough to be one of the first to try it, so we drove down to Majors Bay Road in Concord, ready for a lovely breakfast!
Sam, the owner, was our host for the day, and she went through the amazing range of fresh juices. Based on her recommendation, I started off with a Pina Colada juice, which had a refreshing blend of pineapple and…basil? This sounded a bit strange at first, but Sam assured us that it was really delicious, and after trying it for ourselves, we couldn’t agree more. Espresso 96 actually incorporates a range of herbs into their menu items because of their amazing health benefits, and were even trialling strawberry and basil muffins on the day we visited – so creative!
My mum was my breakfast companion for the day, and she had a flat white, made using Toby’s Estate beans. The barista was able to create the perfect balance of coffee and milkiness, which was perfectly to her liking. It even came out beautifully decorated with coffee art hearts, which was a lovely gesture and so cute!
Sam’s food philosophy revolves around incorporating healthy and wholesome foods that are good for your body into delicious meals that appeal to everyone! We really loved the concept of her new menu, and there was a mix of sweet and slightly naughty dishes, as well as fresher and greener dishes as well.
I chose to have the french toast, which was brioche style, and served with a drizzle of honey, fresh blueberries and strawberries and a berry compote, with a dollop of vanilla bean mascarpone to finish! It was absolutely divine, with just the right amount of sweetness and a great texture with the crunch of the brioche. The great thing about the menu is that the staff are happy to make adjustments based on your tastes, and I loved the personal touch!
Mum had the Soul Bowl, which had a lovely blend of fresh baby spinach, sautéed kale, avocado, toasted almonds, poached eggs drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and topped with walnut pesto, with two pieces of sourdough rye bread. The spinach was really delicious, and perfectly wilted, with the pesto making a great dressing for the meal. We really loved dipping the bread into the olive oil, and the eggs were lovely and runny. We felt that this was a super healthy and hearty dish, and a great brunch or lunch option as well, as they do all day breakfast!
The cafe is located on Majors Bay Road, and there’s plenty of parking right nearby or in the surrounding streets! The owner, Sam, took over the cafe in April and transformed the menu to reflect her healthy eating philosophy, bringing her own special and unique touch. We loved hearing her story of her transition from a corporate lifestyle to hospitality because of her genuine passion for sharing good food with people and taking care of them. Sitting at her cafe, we saw how each customer was personally greeted, and their regular orders remembered.
The decor inside has a rustic feel to it, with wooden doors and signs adorning the walls, and wooden tables and benches. The bright green welcomes visitors into the cafe, and there’s a good amount of sweet treats at the counter to choose from as well. This cafe is definitely family friendly, as there were plenty of colouring books to keep the kids occupied. The cafe is also dog friendly, so pet owners should check this place out, and the bright and colourful tables outside would be perfect for bringing your pooch!
There’s an art to making healthy food look and taste amazing, and we think that with this new menu, Sam has truly achieved the delicate balance. Espresso 96 is definitely our new local cafe of choice, and the personal touch to the service really takes it to the next level – a must visit!