The most extravagant exercise in smallness. Literally a hole in a Cleveland Street wall with two milk crates out the front. Never overlook the usefulness of a carefully placed nook!
Craig’s cheese shop
My local and one of the most gorgeous little shopfronts around. Feels a lot like being in the kitchen that I wish my grandma might have had. I remember walking past the window when Craig and Adrian were first fitting it out, peaking in to see these beautiful combinations of white marble, mosaic tiles and little pine shelves and rails. It’s been designed with a delicate and simple hand.
Deus ex Machina
I’m always inspired by the energy of the original Deus store. It draws such an eclectic crowd any day of the week and is always busy. It’s one of those venues, which gets you with its simplicity and robustness. An honest fitout that makes it perfectly acceptable to share lunch with a complete stranger at one of the timber plank tables. When I’m here I believe the hype.
East Leagues Club – Bistro One
Another exercise in scale. This place is extraordinarily big. Unfortunately for the Eastern Suburbs Leagues Club Italian I think they have really struggled without a shopfront. Decked out with thonet chairs, an acre of dark stained timber tabletops and back dropped by a few giant classic Italian images, it did not take long to fall in love with it’s charm. It often quite empty but sustains me with the right level of dimmer-switch, plenty of legroom and the reminder that bigger (and emptier) can sometimes be better.
Craig's Cheese Shop - Jeremy Bull