‘Sup? Oh, it’s a Hole-in-the-Wall!
by The Editor
1. to take (liquid food, or any liquid) into the mouth in small quantities, as from a spoon or cup; sip. – dictionary.com
2. a greeting, an abbreviation of “What’s Up?” – Urban Dictionary
3. The city’s smallest cafe – The Canberran
There’s big plans for this little venue – and it all kicks off tomorrow.
‘Blink-and-you-miss-it’ is the best way to describe Sup. As mentioned, the name comes from the traditional use of the word – think ‘supper’ or ‘soup’ – as well as the more modern interpretation favoured by lazy speakers everywhere. We’d got wind of this little venture through the good folk at Wobble, so were keen to see what was on offer in Garema Place.
The signage is so far subtle – almost as discreet as the cafe itself. Rather than search out the diminutive A-frames positioned in the bright morning sun, it was the giant plastic awnings of Sizzle Bento that pointed the way. Once we made it around the corner, it was the tiny bar-heater that caught our attention. On a frosty morning, and with a moment free of customers, the barista, Robin Lavers, sat perched on a tiny wooden stool taking advantage of the warm glow.
All of about 4 square metres, Sup offers an obviously intimate experience where the order is taken, prepared and concluded by the barista. While the interior is cramped it is certainly organised with room enough for decorative touches such as pot plants and bric-a-brac. In fact, it reminded us a lot of Loading Zone, which also has an instantly established feeling without necessarily appearing contrived.
For the big launch of the little cafe we hear the cafe will run its normal opening hours (8.00am to 4.00pm) however musical performances will pepper the day’s trade. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony (tres cute!) and the day is sponsored by Eden Road Wines. Here’s hoping the wine is warmed and spiced earlier in the day.
We’ll leave the coffee review to the experts, but found our two-shot heart starter had a luscious and deep flavour lacking any sharpness. They’re pouring Lonsdale Street Roasters‘ blends so it’s a great base to build on.
Be sure to swing by and ask “Sup?”
Adjacent to Sizzle Bento
Monday to Friday, 8.00am – 4.00pm