Salutary food

BACK in 1895 pharmacist Charles Braddock dispensed free advice on “all ailments and diseases” charging only for medicines he sold.

These days Braddock’s Dispensary sells good coffee and specialises in fine teas, including the Whistle Blower range.

Kitchen-less cafes are in vogue and Braddock’s fills a niche at the western end of Aberdeen Street, catering to local offices with toasted sandwiches, pre-made salads, soups and sweet things.

• Braddock’s Khia Phillips. Photo by Jenny D’Anger

Owner Bruce Reynolds jumped at the chance to turn the heritage-listed building into a small cafe.

The decor is simple, and decorated with old medicine-style bottles and photos of the original owner.

It’s a modern twist on the old lunch bar, offering fresh and simple food at an affordable price.

Lunching alone, I opted for the mushroom and antipasta toastie ($9).

The sourdough bread was fantastic and the just-warm mushrooms were still firm, adding a nice texture to the sarnie.

Combined with the sharpness of the marinaded capsicum and olives, my tastebuds were singing like they’ve never done before.

It was simple honest food made to perfection.

The service was excellent too: I’d asked for a weak black tea, so the waiter removed the infuser from the pot and placed it on a side dish in case it was too strong.

To be able to pour a second cup to wash down the teeth-achingly sweet raspberry and coconut slice ($4.50) was a Godsend.

Braddock’s muffins, particularly the raspberry ones, looked great, and the Nutella brownie ($4.50) was terrific for supper that night.

by JENNY D’ANGER

Braddock’s Dispensary
180 Aberdeen Street,
Northbridge
open Mon-Fri 6.45am-3pm

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