“I feel prettier just by being here!” squealed Ms Atas. She didn’t mean the vintage-meets-industrial decor, which was very gorgeous and exciting. I was jumping like a kid at the decor. She meant the people here. Goodness, this was where hot local boys hung out. (the girls were so so.) “I’ve never seen such a concentration of good looking people,” she continued. By “people”, she meant boys in their early 20s. She’s a cougar.
Like any hipster cafes, this one was packed with hipsters. “The lady who comes alone, who is reading over there. Guess what book she is reading… Ok, I’ll give you a clue. Who is the most hipster author you know?” I asked Ms Atas.
“Murakami?” she guessed.
“Yes! And the most hipster of his books?”
Wheelers Yard first and foremost sells hipster bicycles in an industrial park and has recently acquired a f&b licence. I read a recent magazine blurb that the food is made in-house but this definition is very loose. The food is cooked in-house but the ingredients are definitely bought. For instance, the sad- looking big breakfast ($12.90, eggs, bacon, sausages, salad and toast) has its ingredients bought elsewhere and cooked here.
Their recommendations are aglio olio ($8.50) and beef burger ($14.90). The burger is costly with only a patty and onion, tomato and lettuce. I included an egg (additional $1.50) and cheese (additional $1.50). But they forgot the cheese. The burger was actually quite bad, amateurish.
Even the mocha ($6), with New Zealand beans, was watery. Ms Atas said, “This place is like the people here, like me: beautiful but without substance.”
The redeeming item came from the red velvet cupcake ($3.50), small but packed a punch, moist and not unduly cloying. Its colouring came from beetroot, not artifical colouring, and you can taste the earthiness. Although both Ms Atas and I don’t fancy beetroot, the taste was counterbalanced by the slightly sour icing, making this quite a complex and excellent dessert.
The friendly service also redeemed the food. For instance, Ms Atas didn’t want toast in the big breakfast and wanted additional mushroom ($1.50) and the lady boss allowed a substitution and didn’t charge her for the mushroom. Although they forgot to put additional cheese ($1.50) in my burger , the lady boss actually wrote down two slices of cheese on the order chit.
This is an ultra hip space, with a relaxing ambience, beautiful young people, and generous service but the food needs some work. We spent about $40 for two persons.
Rating: 3.050/5 stars
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.