While waiting for an appointment this morning, I decided to have a coffee at Infusion Cafe & Thai on Plaza Parade. As soon as I entered the place I had a feeling that I would be able to sit and relax and get some words down for my very neglected blog posts. Maybe because this is a lower foot traffic area or maybe it is the airy dining area but the atmosphere here has a very relaxed feel. The welcome was warm and friendly and I had barely sat down before my coffee was being served at my table in the courtyard.
I was planning a cheeky Facebook post of some photos that I had taken of bees and flowers and I settled in to do some writing. The coffee lived up to it’s aroma and life was good. I relaxed….. A good feeling
Ettore, the owner, appeared and served up a caraf of water just in case I was dry and we chatted amiably for a while about the cafe. It appears that it was due to open just two days before the Covid restrictions came in and the guys doing the fit out were unable to come up from NSW. Not being set up to do take-a-way, they were on hold for several weeks. Taking the positive, Ettore said that it had given them some time to sort out some loose ends.
After a while, Nuttida, co owner and wife to Ettore, came out with a plate containing two little leaves called bettel leaf which where covered with nuts and sauce, and asked me to try. They are to become a part of the menu and I have to say they were extremely tasty. The sauce was quite sweet which was offset by the slight bitterness of the leaf and Nuttida said that they were planning to add this dish to the menu.
I am so looking forward to Asian cuisine when this Covid bug finally goes back to where it came from.
With Ettore calling Italy home and Nattida from Thailand, this is truely an international restaurant
It was interesting having a chat to Nattida about her origins in Thailand and the reasons why, here in Australia, she goes by the name Jenny or Jane. She told me she came to Australia to learn to speak better English and has stayed.
All in all the restaurant hasn’t been here for long however, if you are wanting a nice relaxing coffee or meal, Infusion Cafe and Thai is not going to disappoint. You can find it in the Plaza Markets on Plaza Parade. Good service and good people