Keeping it simple is often easier said than done. Grandiose ideas can quickly get in the way of doing the small things right and when it comes to choosing where to grab your next coffee, it’s the little things that count.
Paddington’s Small Talk Espresso is a simple venue with a simple name and a simple ethos of quality coffee, quick food and personable service. Hiding just off Given Terrace, the intimate venue focuses on takeaway coffee’s and lunch on the run but taking a seat at one of the few tables inside is a worthwhile experience.
The coffee is the clear focus here, Small Talk serve an exclusive blend nicknamed “The Paddington”, designed and roasted by Bellissimo Coffee. The blend is strong and full bodied while remaining smooth enough to easily be a daily option. Add some fresh Maleny Dairies milk and some barista magic and you’ve got a latte you could really grow attached to.
With no room for a kitchen, the lunch options come courtesy of a few select suppliers including Spinach Leaf and Dumpling Envy. If you’ve eaten Spanakopita in Brisbane, it likely came from Spinach Leaf who do one thing and do it very well. Market favourites Dumpling Envy supply a range of fresh dumplings, which are steamed in front of you and served with an all important side of soy and chilli sauce. Upon selection the chunky, melt-in-your-mouth braised pork belly is hard to go past but there really isn’t a bad option here.
If you are dining in, don’t pass up the opportunity to try a traditional Vietnamese coffee which, considering the condensed milk content, could also double as dessert. If you’ve never had Vietnamese coffee it’s worth it to view the process alone. Small Talk Espresso is a tiny venue with an impressive output and a relaxed and friendly vibe. By keeping things as simple as possible and focusing on quality product and quality suppliers, Small Talk is able to nail the little things and after all it’s the little things that count.