Coffee shops continue to spring up all over Newstead and Teneriffe as more apartments open and businesses move into the area. If I feel like a bit of a leg stretch after a hard morning in the Service of the Public, I go a little further than my usual haunts and drop into Locale on Commercial Rd for coffee and a read of the newspaper.
Every time I visit I’m greeted with a smile and a friendly hello, no matter how busy it is. Locale is a reasonable sized coffee shop with tables inside and out that seems to do most of its business from the surrounding office and light industrial. It has all the usual coffee, light breakfast and snack options as well as some clever takeaway treats such as homemade muesli in a nifty jar to enjoy back at the office.
There are lots of little reasons to linger at Locale. Order at the counter, and it’s delivered to the table; a fresh rose; shelves filled with interesting kitchen nick nacks to browse; a bit of Bozz Scaggst; pleasant staff and, biscuits. Did I mention the biscuits? Not really biscuits. More Italian Biscotti. Loads of them. Full of sugary, almondy, hazelnutty deliciousness. Roasted Hazelnut & Chocolate Bacio d’Alassio, divine Almond Pasta Mandorla, unbelievably good Pralina di Nocciola. The list goes on.
You see, Locale is also the home base for Kitchen Angel, an unique supplier of Italian style ‘make and bake’ biscotti mixes. Now don’t turn your nose up. If you want to make something a little different as a decadent afternoon tea or celebration treat, you couldn’t do much better. All you do is add the egg white, shape and bake. They’re not cheap at around $18 a box but the ingredients are quality and the box is a supersize 1kg which makes around 24 x 40g biscuits that are very generous in size (40g is the size of an egg). They are gluten and dairy free too (though clearly plenty of nuts). As well as developing these great biscotti mixes, Kitchen Angel also offer Baking Parties and private lessons. Locale is the showcase for these treats.
So, whilst I’m always happy to walk the extra distance for a relaxed coffee at Locale, there’s more to this little cafe than meets the eye. Take a tour of the website for a peek into what is on offer from big sister, Kitchen Angel.
50 Commercial Rd
Newstead Qld 4006
Visited: various dates – morning service