Portafilter is Mayfield's newest cafe and the suburb's most vegan friendly cafe to date. You'll find this cafe nestled in the ever evolving strip of shopfronts at the Waratah Station end of Hanbury Street.
Their menu is short, simple and just about every option can be made vegan. Look out for sandwiches and fresh salads, a selection of hot and cold drinks and some menu items that will take you through from breakfast to brunch and lunch.
The cold pressed juices, chai syrup and nut milks are made in house so you can be guaranteed no preservatives or additives. The staff are warm and welcoming and willing to talk you through the options available and edit where possible.
For coffees there is a range of milk alternatives including soy, house made nut milks and coconut milk. Choose your favourite in their selection of hot and cold drinks or mix it up and try something new.
We selected iced lattes, as the 37 degree day dictated, on soy and almond. The espresso was spot on, the almond milk option was light and refreshing and the soy option richer and more filling. The large singular ice cube ensured that my drink stayed cold for the age it takes me to finish a coffee and the shot was strong enough to have my sensitive self bouncing off the walls and taking on the world for the duration of the afternoon.
The menu posted above indicates that just about every option, excepting the pastries, can be made vegan. A grilled veggie toasted sandwich was filled with all the usual suspects; grilled eggplant, artichokes, zucchini, sun-dried tomato and thickly slathered hummus. This was a great healthy and filling option for lunch.
The (mostly) raw dish of zucchini noodles with pesto was a winner on a sweltering day. The zucchini noodles, or zoodles, were slippery and refreshing. The pesto was well seasoned with rich basil and sun sweet cherry tomatoes showing off the best of summer. A piece of toasted sourdough with a smear of nuttalex was just what we needed at the end to sop up all of the remaining pesto and tomato juices from the plate.
The fruit salad was a refreshing finish to a beautiful meal. The best of the season's kiwi, pineapple and watermelon was cut into large pieces which were covered in tart passionfruit and glistening gems of pomegranate. Hidden beneath the fruit salad was a delightful surprise of vanilla cashew cream, making this light and refreshing dish a little more decadent. If cashew cream isn't your speed, or you want further decadence, there is also coconut yoghurt on hand to serve on the side.
The folks at Portafilter use organic and local ingredients wherever possible, this translates to quality dishes that are ingredient focussed and seasonally appropriate. We're predicting despite being away from the major cafe areas that this neighborhood cafe is set to become a favourite amongst Newcastle's cafe lovers, so get in quick before there's a line out of the door.
Pull up a stool at the window bench, order a coffee and a delicious meal and make this vegan friendly joint your new local.