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Ink Food

Discover this Newcastle East venue for INK.redible food

Newcastle’s East End is home to a bustling little village of lifestyle retailers, creative individuals, and foodie haunts. But have you dropped by the cosy space on Pacific St, Ink Food?

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Brought to us by Newcastle locals, Bec and Dutchy, Ink Food has been serving the East End community since its opening on the 1st of April 2021, and yes, they are fully aware of the April Fool’s irony.

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Now over 12 months in business, we decided to drop by this somewhat hidden gem to hear everything about the couple’s backgrounds and what to expect from dining at Ink Food. From great coffee and delicious treats to good old classic Aussie hospitality and hearty meals; Ink Food has it all.

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Dutchy comes from a background in fine arts, graphic design, and web development, with experience performing and recording music in various Newcastle bands since the early 90s. Bec comes from the world of administration in the hospitality and advertising industries working with iconic venues including Rockpool, Merivale, Banc, and Victor Churchill, inspiring her own hospitality career.

Over the past few years, Bec has been found working in a number of local well-loved established including Darby Street’s Autumn Rooms, The Letter Q in Kotara, crowd-favourite The Barn in Adamstown, and even running her first café, Four One Six.

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“Having worked for others for so many years we had both reached a point in our lives where we wanted to use our skills and experience to create our own venue where we could have the freedom and independence to truly showcase our strengths in not just cookery but also in customer service.

“Our vision was to create a truly unique space where people feel relaxed, well-fed, and leave with a smile, looking forward to their next visit.”

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Pulling on the pair's experience, Ink Food is all about utilising beautiful ingredients and supporting our local suppliers and producers to create simple yet delicious dishes. Peruse the display cabinet for incredible treats and takeaway goods that are created fresh daily.

“Our menus change regularly to coincide with the seasons… it is a passion of ours to ensure that we always have a variety of options to cater for a number of dietary requirements. We also have a well-curated range of hot and cold beverages to complement our dishes.”

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Using the Humbler Blend from Melbourne-based coffee crew, Proud Mary Coffee Roasters, whether you’re a black or white coffee drinker, this blend has been designed to please both without being one-dimensional or boring in any way.

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What are your favourites on the menu?

Dutchy

“My favourite would have to be the ‘BEC’ – bacon, egg, cheese, and hot sauce on a delicious Brooklyn Boy Everything Bagel. The combination of the Darby St thick-cut bacon, local free-range eggs, tangy hot sauce, melted American cheese, and crispy edges of the toasted bagel are an awesome play on a New York tradition that leaves you deeply fulfilled and ready for a laydown.”

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Bec

“My current favourite would probably be the Winter version of our classic ‘shrooms’ dish. I love the textural variations from the crunch of the buttery sourdough to the creamy, salty whipped feta, to the pile of herby truffled mushrooms, and the little pops of sweet roast pumpkin puree, all topped with a beautifully poached free-range egg and a tangle of crispy enoki. It’s just a gorgeous flavour bomb!”

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The last 12 months in business haven’t been without their hiccups, from having to pivot their offering during the second lockdown last year and offering dine-in service with a continued ‘work from home’ outbreak in the CBD resulting in minimal foot traffic.

Just like so many other local small businesses in Newcastle, the couple has put their blood, sweat, tears, and passion for the overall Newcastle hospitality industry into this venue, wanting to bring not only their foodie skills and hospitality to town but to be a part of the supportive and ever-so-friendly East End community.

“We love the strong sense of local community where people greet each other by name or with a friendly wave. We also like how a lot of the local hospo businesses support each other by dropping in on their days off to grab a bite and a brew and are more than happy to help each other out.”

The name Ink is a nod to both Dutchy’s background in fine art, the pair's love for tattoo ink, which can be seen featured throughout the space, and as a play on ‘incorporated’, as the couple are both partners in life and business.

“Our business is also incorporated in that it is a part of something larger, as in our local community.”

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With plans to continue building their presence in the local foodie scene, we suggest dropping by Ink Food on Pacific St to see what all the craze is about.

Whether you’re dropping in for a quick grab-n-go take-home meal and a coffee, or setting up for a long lunch, we can say that you won’t be disappointed with their hearty and full-flavoured offering!