Iconic Mayfield cafe delightfully reimagined
There’s a little foodie haunt in the heart of Mayfield on Maitland Road that has been a long-time favourite for both locals and visitors alike. However, since new owners landed the keys a year ago, the space has a new injection of life, personality, character, and flavour!
The venue we’re referring to is none other than Vincent’s at the Coliseum.
The well-known Coliseum building, located in Mayfield, was reimagined from ruins fifteen years ago when it was turned into Newcastle’s largest antiques centre with an adjoining cafe. Though it’s fair to say the café had lost its way in recent years, when it came up for sale, the boys saw an opportunity, took the plunge and purchased the café - with a very specific vision in mind.
“When COVID lockdowns hit last year, it gave us an opportunity to reflect on how we could lean into an area of passion in both of our lives, which is food, wine, and entertaining.
“We really wanted the café to feel like an extension of us entertaining at home. Whether it’s the ingredients either grown ourselves or sourced from our favourite producers, a special wine to serve or freshly arranged flowers on the table: these are gestures that show people you care,” Mitch said.
The boys have spent the past year gradually making improvements to all aspects of the café and space.
“We have always loved the character in this building, so we’ve stripped things back to let the period features come through. We’ve painted, installed a new kitchen & new coffee equipment, and updated the menu. Our friends next door in the antiques centre also helped source this amazing, hundred-year-old oak counter,” says Josh.
The café features an all-day menu, where you can of course expect a bunch of classic brunch dishes featuring the best local and seasonal ingredients.
For breakfast you can’t go past our top dish picks including the Smoked Salmon on Rye complete with New Zealand Ora King smoked salmon on Sonoma Miche sourdough with horseradish cream cheese, rocket salad, and lilliput capers. Alternatively, the Classic B&E Roll with Little Hill Farm eggs and Black Forest Bacon on a milk bun and topped with BBQ sauce is also a crowd favourite.
Nothing goes hand-in-hand for breakfast like a delicious meal and a warm cup of coffee, and with beans supplied by Melbourne-based Veneziano Coffee Roasters, you’re lined up for a delicious one!
“We shortlisted three brands that we wanted to work with, all of which were based in Melbourne – Australia’s coffee capital.
“Veneziano had a real eagerness to educate us on the history, flavours, and process of creating the perfect cup of coffee, ensuring we are able to provide something extra special for our customers,” Josh said.
For brunch, lunch, or even just a heartier breakfast dish our absolute must-tries for summer would be the ever-so-colourful Falafel Bowl complete with house-made falafel, tabbouleh salad, pickled guindilla chili, beetroot hummus, honey whipped feta, flatbread, and pomegranate & mint yoghurt; and the Fresh Sweet Corn Fritters with bacon, rocket, cherry tomatoes, feta, avocado, and tomato relish.
We couldn’t talk about café food without mentioning the Avocado on Rye! Complete with avocado, rocket, cucumber ribbons, mixed seeds & citrus on Sonoma Miche sourdough, and this delightful French Toast dish complete with house-made lemon curd, crushed meringue, seasonal fruit, and topped with sorbet!
Whilst you’re visiting make sure to browse the venue’s retail offering that features a whole bunch of locally sourced products, most of which are made by the boys and their extended family. From honey, produced just up the road by Josh’s uncle, sweet treats to take home and house-made jam, to coffee beans from Veneziano Coffee Roasters and even homemade sourdough crackers; they’ve got quite the selection - and plan to continue to add to the offering.
“It’s been quite the family affair actually. The cream between biscuits are made by my mum. Mitch and I take turns making the almond cookies and we make the jam for the café as well. My sister makes sourdough to sell on weekends and she also makes these crackers using the sourdough mother”, said Josh.
The boys also used the recent state lockdowns to focus their energy on some exciting new projects for reopening.
“The silver lining to lockdown was that it gave us the chance to implement some key things that we’d wanted to do since taking over. We got our liquor license, built a kitchen garden out the back of the property to use in the café and we started working on some new food offerings coming into summer”, said Mitch.
Launching just in time for the festive season, Vincent’s will be offering a grazing menu, to give visitors the opportunity to catch up with their friends over a glass of local wine whilst grazing on the best produce available.
Available on weekends, the tapas-style offering is inspired by the boys’ ideal summer afternoon with friends. Our pick has to be the grazing board, which will feature a rotating selection of meats and cheeses along with delicious accompaniments – perfect with a glass of wine from the venue's new wine list.
The wine list, personally curated by the pair, is sourced exclusively from their favourite Hunter Valley vineyards and features some big hitters including the Breaking Ground range from Margan Wines, Gundog Estate, and Vinden Wines - just to name a few.
“It’s really important to us to feature local wines, and to choose the wine that we like to drink. It’s what we serve in our home”, said Josh.
Not a wine drinker? Never fear! The boys have the beer drinkers sorted with brews courtesy of local brewery Shout Brewing alongside Stone & Wood, Cattleyard Brewing, and Young Henry’s.
A curated menu of divine cocktails, perfect for daytime catchups are also available. The brunch classic, Espresso Martini is sure to keep you perked up for an evening out or treat yourself to a Mimosa or even a Bloody Mary.
Overall, the boys plan on treating Vincent’s at the Coliseum like an extension of their home, inviting people into somewhere they can be proud of and serving the best of the best when it comes to produce, service, and hospitality.
So, what exactly are you waiting for? Vincent’s at the Coliseum is the little hidden gem that is quietly making an impact on the local foodie scene. But now, we have no doubt this incredible space in Mayfield is set to become the place to visit with their array of offerings and ultimately their incredibly friendly hospitality, relaxed dining, and high-quality produce.