Reunion & Co Café in Richmond
A union of style, local produce and kick-ass coffee
We all love a good reunion. Bridge Road’s latest hot spot, Reunion & Co, is the brainchild of Darian Szyszka and Nicole Hateley, who met four years ago as project managers in the building industry. They’ve now re-united outside of the building game to follow their heart and hunger.
History would have it that in 1915 the Union Cafe was operating out of this very space, so in honour of its one hundred year anniversary, the pair decided to reignite the cafe and thus "Re" Union & Co was born.
Stepping inside the historic space, sleek natural timbers catch the eye along with the towering Victorian ceiling and weathered floorboards.
Local workers and brunch buddies are diggin’ the comfy banquette seating which lines the café amidst a sea of vivid green plants and vines. However, it ‘s best to perch yourself at the communal table by front window flooding with sunlight and watch Richmond life flitter by.
The Reunion crew are a friendly bunch, flying the flag for seasonal and local produce. Head chef Gilly Singh (ex Kettle Black, Top Paddock) loves to keep it ‘in the house’ by churning butter on site, house-curing trout and making his own sausages from scratch. Matching the casual atmosphere, the menu is simple, but sound, with home-style hits complemented by the trends.
At the central coffee bar the shiny La Marzocco machine pumps out All Press beans. Bold and creamy the Supremo blend is wonderful. As is the ‘Popeye’ smoothie: think spinach, almond milk, mint and dark chocolate that will keep you a buzz.
House cured trout congo & kipfler potato, beetroot relish, goats curd and poached eggs on toast $18
A plate of impressive flavours and texture; plump and juicy trout pairs beautifully with zingy beetroot relish and eggs poached just right. The potatoes however are a heavy addition to the dish amongst its more delicate partners.
Local pine mushrooms, olive bread with chilli, walnuts and goats curd $17.50
Bring your appetite and introduce it to a moreish dish of silky pine mushrooms, tarted up with punchy chilli and a good lick of goat’s curd. A nice little number for the herbivores.
Red quinoa, roasted carrots, heirloom beetroots, pepita seeds, sultana & goat curd $17
Pretty on the plate and palate this is one nourishing dish of super ingredients and super in taste. Unfortunately the additional pan‐fried chicken thighs didn’t quite match the freshness of the dish. Poached chicken would work beautifully here.
Reunion & Co delivers welcoming smiles and unfussy food at the right price. Solider on Bridge Road.
Reunion & Co Café
472 Bridge Road,
Ph. 0433 775 900