WHO SAYS CANDY ROTS YOUR TEETH?

THE NAME MAY IM­PLY FRIVOLITY, BUT GOOD EAT­ING IS A SE­RI­OUS BUSI­NESS AT THIS CITY LUNCH SPOT

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If you ever want proof you don’t need a huge reper­toire to run a suc­cess­ful eatery, here it is. We ar­rive at Candy for lunch and re­alise there is, in our opin­ion, quite a lim­ited choice.

This comes down mainly to the fact nei­ther of us wants eggs and much of the menu re­volves around all-day break­fast.

For lunch our op­tions are sal­ads, burger, south­ern fried chicken or sand­wich.

We de­cide on one salad and one sand­wich, which we will split be­tween us.

A chai latte and mango smoothie ar­rive first, both gen­er­ous in size and of good qual­ity.

The grain salad, con­sist­ing of quinoa, black rice, kale, pro­sciutto, grilled haloumi, beet­root, ri­cotta, toma­toes, su­mac and le­mon poppy dress­ing looks im­pres­sive.

Then again, so does the open lamb sand­wich, of toasted sour­dough, shred­ded slow-cooked lamb shoul­der, rocket, tomato, tzatziki, cu­cum­ber rib­bons, pick­led onion, fetta and bal­samic re­duc­tion.

Per­son­ally, I pre­fer the salad, but both are size­able, adorned with a no­table ar­ray of fresh in­gre­di­ents and here’s the thing, they vis­ually make you want to eat them.

Even if the idea of a “grain salad” doesn’t pique your in­ter­est (it did for me) I reckon you’d want to de­vour it once you saw it.

Some­thing you never thought you would hear any­one say, this kale is de­li­cious.

It truly is. Lightly fried it is crisp and works won­der­fully with the creamy haloumi, sweet beet­root, tangy lemony-ness of the su­mac and the dress­ing.

The sand­wich is piled high with that long list of salad in­gre­di­ents and condi­ments, but there is a por­tion of lean roast lamb un­der­neath to sat­isfy a beast of hunger.

It’s a healthy lunch that man­ages to feel pleas­ingly in­dul­gent.

A kids menu has two of­fer­ings – ba­con and eggs or ham and cheese toastie, both $8.

As stated, the mantra for suc­cess here seems to be, keep it sim­ple and do it well.

Candy made its mark on the cof­fee scene long ago and has added a short list of beer, cider and wine to its menu at rea­son­able prices.

Quaint and quirky decor adds to the charm, along with a bizarrely eclec­tic song list for back­ground mu­sic. But that’s some­thing that ap­peals, apart from good food and quick ser­vice, it’s a place for every­one. From mums with rowdy off­spring, to glam and gor­geous young things and grey no­mads spread­ing maps over ta­bles, there’s no real scene. Now that’s very cool.

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