On Monday The Tattersalls Arcade got a little bit more lively when Marchetti opened its doors.
The owner Michael Makras has been working in the Arcade for almost a decade and long felt that it needed a cafe. So he has brought a little bit of Italian art-deco style and flair into this pretty but little-visited corner of Brisbane’s CBD.
Marchetti is a tiny place, sitting only 6 inside and then with cafe tables and couches out in the arcade – so you can look at beautiful leather good while sipping your espresso. At the moment you can buy croissants or some more traditional Italian pastry such as Sfogliatelle. I had one and it tasted warm and freshly-made, very tasty, $8.5 with an espresso.
Marchetti will begin a small lunch menu within a month or so, followed by afternoon drinks and snacks.
The Gresham Bar is one of my favourite CBD bars. The atmosphere is convivial, the drinks are good and well-priced and joy of joys they have just started doing charcuterie boards. No wonder it is such a good place for a quiet post-work tipple.
A few months ago, Gresham Bar quietly started doing breakfasts, presumably so their regular after work crowd could book-end their working days in the same place.
The breakfast menu is not extensive. It’s various things on toast or a pastry, so don’t go here if you expect eggs and multiple fancy ingredients. The Gresham menu is really for the city worker who wants a tasty bite and a good coffee on the way to work without any added palava.
I had avocado on toast (with a coffee $8 or $9 for a large) and then because I have a big appetite in the morning, I had a danish, warmed up ($3). The coffee is Toby’s Estate, so it’s got a good flavour and they don’t charge for lactose free, soy or any other milk variation.
I will be going back to Gresham soon I’m sure, and Marchetti next time I need a bit of Italian flavour to my morning.