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Sideplate

Sideplate is tiny but almost perfectly formed. It's small enough to feel like you're in a friend's swish eat-in kitchen.

Sideplate is tiny but almost perfectly formed. It's small enough to feel like you're in a friend's swish eat-in kitchen.

Sleek, honey-hued timber cupboards, stainless steel benchtops and grey tiling frame five wooden tables along one wall. Footpath tables offer more elbow room. The cafe's streetfront is almost entirely open and food preparation is hidden at the back.

The mood is buzzy but restful. Service is fast, with tap water arriving unrequested, and good, creamy Numero Uno flat whites and a rich, long black soon after. Teas from Tea Craft are also available.

There's a wide-ranging all-day breakfast menu (muffins, muesli, toasts and egg dishes plus ricotta hotcakes) and a nifty "breakfast Sideplate" ($11.50) with boiled eggs, leg ham, tomato, toast and provolone or ricotta.

Lunch features generous sandwiches ($7-$15) and warm and cold salads. You can also have a beer, a glass of wine or a bloody mary.

We select a hearty and dapper stack of poached eggs, prosciutto and shaved parmesan ($12), some excellent spaghetti with prawns, chilli and white wine ($18) and a luscious bacon and free-range egg sandwich ($7.50).

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