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Did you know that you can ‘shuck’ coffee beans? I didn’t. When I’d first heard of ‘Shucked’, I was picturing fresh oysters and lemon on a crisp bed of ice for lunch. I’m far from a coffee coinesseur but I was interested to learn that Shucked is not a seafood restaurant, but in fact open for breakfast, lunch and takeaway coffees in the little industrial spot of Newstead. What I had heard sounded promising so I was looking forward to our usual Wednesday morning breakfast binge with a new foodie in tow.
Unfortunately, the food is not amazing but the menu has an interesting variety of options, with several of the items reminiscent of Lady Lamington. Shucked is a good option for a sweet breakfast. Their sugary selection is perfect for those with candy eyes and a light stomach. Order the ricotta pancake jaffles with rose syrup ($14) otherwise consider one of their savoury specials of the day. Order a cappuccino with a dark chocolate powder puff ($3.50) for something a little different.
Shucked feels like a Saturday morning vintage garage-sale with miss-matched stools, 70′s wallpaper and grandma-inspired crockery for your condiments. There is a small amount of seating inside and outside with some cool art in the side alleyway. The layout of this coffee house can be a little awkward with one wooden communal bench, a couch and coffee table, and several smaller tables set for two or four in a small space. The high stools are also a little on the small side.
The service is a little disappointing. Don’t be fooled by the long waiting times – this place is definitely table (not counter) service. Shucked seems good for a slow morning, not an up-and-go type breakfast so be sure to plan your day’s activities with enough time to spare. Despite slow, inattentive service, the staff are friendly, chatty, and know their menu well.
My food will cost: $5, $10 – $19.50 / sides $3-$4
My beverages will cost: coffee $3.30 – $5 / tea $4 / milkhakes $6
Good for: a lazy lazy breakfast
Street parking only and may be a little difficult to find. Find some secret spots down the road by the apartment showrooms.
Date of Visit: Wednesday 06/06/2012
Written: Wednesday 13/06/2012