Highfield Road, Camberwell – That’s where the Dish and Spoon ran away too!
The Dish & Spoon took up residency in the eastern suburbs just over a year ago, thanks to husband and wife team Francesco and Elianne Sgro. They come from a family of hospitality veterans, and the couple even worked together as teenagers at Eliannes family’s Resturant ‘Dunyazad’, in North Balwyn.
They always envisaged opening their own café, and when this spot became available they thought it was time to turn the dream into a reality. The name was inspired by the nursery rhyme ‘Hey Diddle Diddle’ that Francesco would to sing to their new born son. Dishes and Spoons are essentials when eating, so it seemed fitting to christen their first café with the title.
The ambiance at Dish & Spoon is warm and inviting, and the fit out is modern with white washed walls, white subway tiles, and timber furnishings.
Coffee is sourced from Campos, which Francesco fell in love with while working at 15 Pound in Fairfield. Francesco appreciates the transparency Campos offers, in particular the depth of information about the provenance of each coffee they source. The team are committed to educating locals about the various single origin options and brewing methods available, through the use of information sheets. Head Barista Frazer Cole takes great pride in perfecting his espresso shots, which are extracted from a striking orange La Marzocco Linea classic. ‘Single Origin Boards’ are offered as a means for comparison between espresso and batch brew, thus allowing customers to experience and take interest in the variance in coffee options.
I sat at the front window watching as people flowed in and filled the dining area, while sipping an espresso made from the Colombian Rodriguez Ospina beans. This washed Caturra/Bourbon micro-lot had soft vanilla tones, with a choc malt finish.
The menu is carefully designed with the addition of Vegan, Gluten Free, Diary Free, and Vegetarian options, as Eilanne herself suffers from intolerances and appreciates the need for a café to cater for all dietary requirements. Some Middle Eastern influences are evident in the breakfast options, such as the Green Apple Smashed Avocado with Za’atar dust on toasted olive bread; and The Vegan breakfast with homemade Hommus and Tabouleh, spiced popcorn tofu, and curry pickled cauliflower. Coffee also makes an appearance in the kitchen, with the Orange Brioche French Toast topped with espresso white chocolate ganache.
If you’re in the leafy eastern suburbs, drop in to this cosy spot nestled in the backstreets of Camberwell. You wont see any cows jumping over the moon, but there will be plenty of delicious dishes to choose from, and quality coffee served with a smile.
Dish and Spoon
122 Highfield Rd