Another corner, another suburban cafe right? Well, when you see a line out the door at 8.30am then you know this isn’t just your usual run of the mill operation. The Tribute has positioned itself as a top tier cafe near a school for a mums and dads, the river for the active wear crew and in a suburb filled with social media savvy brekky lovers. It’s the perfect storm of customers.
Martin Eade, a fellow colleague at Broadsheet, covered the opening of The Tribute. He discovered that there is a pretty interesting story behind one of the owners – Caleb Dalziell. It involves giving up a high flying career and taking his wife and newborn to India to rescue women from the sex trade. Family brought him home and coincidently the cafe is built at the end of the street he grew up on. How’s that for connection to place!
There’s only one word to describe the inside of this cafe. Beautiful. Rose gold finishings with a touch of greenery add a hint of opulence to the scandi design. Check out the ceiling feature. It’s pretty amazing.
You won’t be disappointed by a cuppa here. Bibra Lake roaster Grand Central supply the beans and the coffee is worthy an order of a second round. If coffee isn’t your thing, then there is organic tea and kombucha also on offer.
The menu hits all the right notes with their breakfast offering. Customers can keep things light with granola ($15.50) – roast nuts, coconut, chia, berries, local honey, greek yogurt and pomegranate molasses. or smashed avocado($17.50) with dukkah crusted feta, beetroot puree and zaatar; or get bit more serious with the big breakfast ($21) – pork and fennel chipolatas, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes, bacon and eggs served on sourdough with relish.
What I really love about this menu is that so much of it is available for takeaway. This is great for those wanting to grab something on the way to work or to head down to the river.
My friend Cath ordered the mushroom medley ($17) with a side of bacon ($5). A hefty pile of creamy meaty mushrooms were full of flavour with a hint of truffle oil added for good measure. The poached egg’s gooey runny yolk was great for mixing through the dish. A tousle of peppery rocket added freshness and crunch.
I had heard about Tribute’s breakfast burger and when I saw it on the menu, I knew it had to be mine. The Tribute Sarni ($17) is a tower of bacon, fried egg, avocado, cheddar cheese, lettuce, grilled tomatoes and kewpie mayo on a charcoal brioche burger bun. Yes, you read that right. FRIGGEN KEWPIE MAYO! This just absolutely MADE this burger. I don’t want this to be an insult to the Tribute Sarni, but it tasted like a HJs whopper. In my opinion, there is no greater compliment than being able to replicate that unique taste but with none of the fast food regret that usually follows. The bun was soft, the egg had a runny yolk and the bacon was just right. Best breakfast burger out there!
The Tribute is one to add to the list no matter where you have to come from. It’s worth the drive from anywhere!
19 Tribute Street West, Shelley
Breakfast served daily 7am-2pm