The owners of The Bravery Cafe are quite brave. The cafe was one of the first to be located in Horne Road, when it was a rather unfashionable area. You can’t really tell that it is a cafe from the outside save that “Bravery” is painted on one of the pillars. The facade is made of perspex panels and there is no obvious door. You have to guess which one of the panels functions as a door. The decor inside is as basic as it gets. The furniture, if you could call it that, look makeshift or salvaged from schools’ technical workshops. They currently have a weekday set lunch priced at just $12.90. They advertised the set lunch with a chalk board – which is not placed just outside the cafe but across the road, leaning on a tree.
Inside The Bravery Cafe, the large concrete bar dominates. A horse sits on the large communal table in the centre. That horse, some dangling strings of lights and a few vases with flowers are the only attempts to mitigate the severe distress look of the place. There are benches, stools and a variety of chairs. Some of the seats are not the most comfortable.
The place was probably intended to be a cafe for coffee and desserts but they have added brunch items like salad, eggs, wraps and sandwiches to the menu. They have attractively priced weekday set lunches and have just added dinner service on Friday and Saturday evenings.
We dropped by The Bravery Cafe to have their set lunch. At $12.90 nett, the set consisted of a soup, a main with salad and a cold beverage.
Unlike their interior, their food and drinks looked attractive. The tomato soup was rich and had a nice consistency. We thought it was tasty but a tad too salty. The Thai Milk Tea was a tad too sweet.
The main was pan-fried fillet of snapper. The fish was well fried – just-cooked-through. It was clean tasting and had flaky and moist meat. The slightly zesty sauce made the dish enjoyable.
We also ordered a piece of Carrot Cake ($7) as well as a cappuccino and flat white ($4.60 each). The cake was moist and not too sweet and quite delectable. The coffee was very good – smooth with a slightly bitter-sweet chocolatey taste.
Overall, we thought the food was not bad and we really liked their coffee.
Notwithstanding the location and look of The Bravery Cafe, it has proven to be quite popular – especially with those who think the place has “really cool vibes” and those who like their free wifi. Fortune favours the brave – it helps if the brave also serves good coffee.