Auvers Cafe Darling Square
A Rhodes favourite comes to the CBD with the same arty aesthetic and creative cafe fare.
Rhodes' Auvers Cafe has landed in Darling Square amid a wave of new eateries at the precinct. Keeping with the theme of Auvers' original locale — named for a village northwest of Paris, where Vincent van Gogh once lived and painted — the cafe is bright, vibrant and arty, with a Gillie and Marc mural setting the mood.
But while the aesthetic has a French tilt, the food does not. Instead it's modern Australian with an Asian twist, all made with locally sourced ingredients. A staple from the Rhodes cafe making the journey to the new outpost is the glazed matcha pancakes with red bean paste and raspberry sorbet ($20), joined on the menu by new creations like the po' boy burger: tempura soft shell crab, lettuce, tomato and kimchi mayo on an Indomie (yes, mi goreng) and brioche bun, served with chips for $20.
The drinks at Auvers are bright and fun. Try a matcha or hojicha latte made with premium tea from Japan, an extravagant Vincent van Gogh-inspired cocktail; or an Auvers Juffee, an intriguing blend of fresh orange and apple juice with cold brew coffee ($7). If you're after a coffee that's a little simpler, Auvers uses coffee beans from Black Market Roasters and select guest roasteries, making all the classics plus pour overs and cold brew.
On Thursday, September 12, you can pay as you feel for one (non-alcoholic) drink and one main meal of your choice. The one-off grand opening event will run from 11am–7pm, so you can sample anything from the honey ricotta cheese french toast ($18) to seafood spaghetti ($28) for as little, or as much, as you like.
CORRECTION: SEPTEMBER 16, 2019 — This article previously stated that Reuben Hills supplied coffee to Auvers, when it is supplied by Black Market Roasters. It has been updated to reflect this.