On one of my visits to Liverpool, I happened to walk into a busy little cafe not too far from the hype of shoppers and office goers in the area. The cafe known as the Forte Room is quite the chic place with it's inviting interior, and the warm friendly smiles of the waiting staff.
As I walked in just to get that hit of coffee to face the busy day ahead, I was greeted with the most pleasant and enthusiastic greeting that I was thrown back - unsure if the girl behind the counter was actually known to me. Then it dawned upon me that the entire cafe staff are as friendly as the first one I met. Clad in their black uniforms, the staff get on with their work quite efficiently.
Modern Australian morsels served in the cafe are quite reasonably priced and large enough in portions. There is no hiding behind doors for the chefs of this cafe, as they do most of their cooking in plain sight. The display cabinet is stuffed with all kinds of goodies from sweets to savouries.
Friands are a must to try at this cafe, not to mention the warm creamy chai. The menu offers an extensive range of food from the ever so popular comfort foods such as burgers, and to more sophisticated flare such as crepes and Dutch pancakes.
Although the cafe has been functioning for over three years; the management had changed quite recently. The new owners who were present when I walked in gave their time to sit and talk of their future plans for the Forte Room. They did mention quite a line up of improvements to this cozy modern cafe, not that it needs any improvements at all.
What interested me most among the many improvements the new owners are set to make are the introduction of a breakfast buffet, and of course the reintroduction of live music during the evening hours. These most certainly would add to what's already on offer at the cafe.
Forte is the busiest during lunch hour when the office crowd swarms in to taste some quick and tasty meals in a relaxing atmosphere. Forte Room, as pointed out by some locals sipping their morning tea, is also quite a popular joint for those small gatherings . Often the room is booked for office gatherings and private celebrations. For such occasions, the room is given kind of a face lift with partitions erected to hide away the display cabinets and the kitchenette.
The cafe does have an appeal to it where you find yourself totally relaxed, and you walk out thinking you will definitely return if you are in the area again.
Where: 3/107 Moore Street Liverpool NSW
(Corner of Bathurst St & Moore St with entrance on Bathurst St)
Why: Good food, friendly staff, and a relaxing atmosphere.
Cost: Breakfast from $4.95
When: Six days a week breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea.