Two things make me happy – carefully prepared food and high quality ingredients. Double Shot owners Michael DeLaurence and Ross Skinner bring this ethos and more to their new cafe in Oxlade Drive, New Farm. Opened in March 2012, Michael and Ross transformed a small coffee stop into a 35 seat cafe serving breakfast and lunch six days a week.
Michael and Ross come from a background of high end dining, most recently Dish in Byron Bay which they sold two years ago. Before that they ran Utopia in Bangalow and from 1994 to 2003 well known gourmet retreat Taylor’s Country House at Byron Bay. This experience is evident in the professionalism in which they manage the kitchen and front of house at Double Shot.
Explaining their new venture, Michael said, ‘We made a deliberate choice to go from high end to small, neighbourhood and community minded.’ Already they have built a loyal customer base with many locals coming in a couple of times a day, and others dropping by to pick up some of Michael’s pastries and desserts to take home. In many ways the menu is tailored to the space. ‘We reorganised this tiny space to make it workable and the menu is oriented to the facilities. We wanted to do little with the food and the better quality the easier this is,’ Michael said.
All of the food is made in-house by Michael with a menu that is high on flavour and quality. Dishes are produce driven and deftly put together. For breakfast there is a range of home made croissant, Danish and muffins (4.50) as well Turkish toasties with fillings such as mushrooms, provolone, spinach and fried egg ($8.50). For a more substantial breakfast there is poached, fried or scrambled egg with bacon and tomato (14.50), a Croque Madam with a poached egg and onion marmalade ($14.50), and for the adventurous, Indonesian sticky black rice with banana and coconut milk.
For lunch, diners can choose from a range of gourmet sandwiches ($10.50), salads such as Thai Chicken Salad ($16.50) and an asparagus, harlequin tomatoes, basil and buffalo mozzarella salad ($14.50). There is also a deli board filled with delights such as prosciutto, fennel seed and garlic salami, olives, roast peppers and eggplant, chick pea puree and buffalo mozzarella with warm baguette ($18.50). For those with room left, there is the array of Michael’s home made tarts and pastries, Rocky Road or shortbread. The coffee is Abrisca.
Double Shot is a local community cafe with all of the quality and flavours of high end dining. Double happiness indeed.
Address: 125 Oxlade Drive, New Farm
Phone: (07) 3358 6556
Hours: Breakfast and lunch Tuesday to Sunday.