I bloody love Yonder. I’m just putting it out there as a statement. When I first heard about a new cafe coming to town I honestly said to a friend “it’ll be another cafe that I won’t go in because there’s so many”. I could have slapped my face with a big wet trout because Yonder appeared and literally my credit card statement looked like Yonder had stolen it and gone on a big fat holiday. I was in there every. single. day.
I wasn’t in there just because I’d had a baby and I needed someone to talk to but because Yonder’s menu blew other cafes out of the water.
Fresh poke bowls, good coffee (so good I had coffee in the afternoon there, which is a cardinal sin to me), egg and bacon rolls (like the one’s you get in the UK; oozing egg yolk all down my arms) but also a completely intriguing novel idea that a cafe can also open for dinner (and past three o’clock).
I put on my best lipstick, chucked the baby to the babysitter and sped down to Church Street.
First up cocktails and if you’re a gin freak then you’ll love this menu. We settled for a Summer spritz; strawberry gin (a new one for me), rhubarb and sparkling wine. Summer in a glass.
The dinner menu is stacked with a mad mix of Asian inspired dishes alongside delicious chicken wings and fish dishes, fresh vegetables and real good tucker. All based on the party atmosphere of sharing (oh go on then).
You can go for a couple of small sharing dishes, a big sharing dish and then ‘watch yo’self’ sides. There were two of us so we meandered for ages over the menu; gorgeous kimchi bowls, wanting too many sides and then finally deciding on pork belly bites with roasted paprika lime (an addition I will always be making when I order pork belly), bao buns which had been charcoaled and stuffed full of tofu, slaw and mayonnaise. Tuna Bowl to make ourselves feel holier than thou and a side of ‘eat your greens’ (broccoli, cabbage and almonds).
Too much? Never. We licked the plate clean.
Clean I tell you.
Yonder is a stunning example of somewhere you can do healthy meals well. Flavours are full on and dishes are packed full of delicious vegetables and spice.
There aren’t many cafes that open from the first scream for coffee to the last slam down of tequila and Yonder accommodates all. Music, yoga, community, delicious food, cocktails, coffee, cakes and interiors. They also talk to you about your baby and make sure they make a way for you to get out when you’ve got a huge pram and theres too many chairs in the way.
I’d take my mum there, my gran there, my new date I was totally trying to impress. My hipster mate, my guns n roses loving uncle. I’d get them and drag them down Yonder. It’s cool cubby holes, fun pinks and pastels, it’s art work, it’s a play on community space. It’s excellent.
14 Church Street
Open 7.30am til late
I was invited to dine at Yonder but as always if I didn’t like it I certainly wouldn’t let you lovely lot know about it.