Sydneysiders love their noodle soups. The city is loaded with pho, laksa and ramen shops, and we are not complaining one bit. But there aren't many joints solely focusing on fresh, produce-driven soups as a healthy, alternative winter-warmer. Mr Perkins, which has opened in the Pacific Bondi Beach development — right near the new poké bar, Fishbowl — is looking to fill that soupy void.
Inspired by the popular soup shops of San Francisco and New York City, the house-shaped storefront welcomes patrons in for a big bowl of homely goodness. The menu is seasonal and fresh, and classic soups like zucchini and pea will be accompanied by more intricate flavours, like tomato and parmesan popsicle, honey-roasted beetroot and chilled watermelon.
The home cooking, family vibe makes perfect sense considering Mr. Perkins actually is a family affair — siblings Chris and Candice Miller have teamed up with their father to make their dream a reality. "My brother is the entrepreneur of the family and he's been thinking of opening this place for years," says Candice. "We grew up eating soups at home and he's always wanted to open a place like this." The cafe's manager and fourth shareholder, Phil Ujdur, is also a good friend.
While soup is usually relegated to winter, summer sees gazpacho and other chilled soup additions on the menu. They're also sporting a seasonal salad selection and coffee is from Melbourne's Seven Seeds.