Current Issue #487

My Kingdom for a Horse expands its stable to Waymouth St

My Kingdom for a Horse, Waymouth St

South west corner roastery and cafe My Kingdom For a Horse has grown its hoofprint with a recently-opened espresso bar in the heart of the CBD.

The new My Kingdom for a Horse outpost, a scaled-down version of the Wright St café, is part of the new Telegraph Lane eating hub at 11 Waymouth St. COVID-19 has caused some delays with the development, but once fully occupied it will house seven other cafes and restaurants.   

The C-word has been a major blow to hospitality operators planning new venues, but My Kingdom’s owner Emily Raven rose to the pandemic challenge.

The CBD satellite is a bright spot on the street and has the same fresh, funky, colourful design and branding of the Wright St mothership. Woods Bagot designed the fitout, Raven looked after layout and design elements and industrial artist Tony Mead added signature MKFAH lightboxes.  It’s a small but perfectly formed café with an alfresco area facing Waymouth St which seats 18 – look out for the sunny yellow chairs.   

Brewing from 7am every day, the focus is on cracking coffee and simple, fast and tasty foods to go. There’s not enough space for a kitchen, so the food is made in the early hours at Wright St and transported by a refrigerated truck.

Glam toasties include a popular Reuben and other sandos filled with truffled mushroom ragout, ham and cheese fondue or triple cheese and onion jam. The ‘ready to go’ section incudes a falafel mezze box, smoked trout nutrition pots,  mango-coco chia pots, chipotle chook and black bean salsa bowl, smoked salmon edamame protein boxes and occasional specials to keep things interesting.

Manager, head barista and roaster Gennie Chee has serious coffee cred and the  espresso bar has all the latest gear from a customised La Marzocco KB90 AVR espresso machine from Italy, Mazzer electronic grinder doser and a Mahlkonig E65s grinder.  

The coffee is consistently good and crafted with specialty-grade beans which are roasted on site at Wright St . Single origin, batch brew and cold drip coffee is all there, and seasonal blends such as the current combo of Colombian and natural Brazilian beans. 

Raven has been working closely for the past year with head barista and roaster  Chee to ensure flavour, consistency and service will be on par with the Wright St mothership. “In order to enter the highly-competitive takeaway market in Waymouth, we’ve made some changes to the way we extract and dose the coffee to cater for the expected bang for your buck in a 8oz cup,” she says.

“At Wright St, we generally serve coffee in china or glass which means the milk to coffee ratio is quite different so at Waymouth, our new La Marzocco allows us to program for different requirements with speed and consistency.

“Specialty grade coffee can be quite different to the readily available commercial roasts around Waymouth and it’s our challenge to persuade some of those coffee drinkers who are used to those darker roast styles to explore the fruit character and depth of flavour of high-grade coffee”.

My Kingdom for a Horse
11 Waymouth St, Adelaide

Kylie Fleming

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