People of Epsom, something awesome has just popped up in your hood and it goes by the name of Hello Friends + Allies.
From a mechanic’s workshop in the 1920s to an antique store then one of the last Video Ezy’s, 93 Great South Road has housed its fair share of businesses. And now, it’s been transformed into a space catering for all your brunch, lunch and takeaway treat needs.
Fran Mazza and Aaron Carson, former owners of Henderson’s popular Little Sister café, have spent the last eight months injecting some serious TLC into the place.
Hello Friends + Allies is a salute to the ANZACs. Half Italian, half Australian, Fran’s father lived in the Italian town of Rimini, where the ANZACs fought in World War II—a slice of history that runs through her blood.
They’ve decked out Hello Friends + Allies with a marble countertop, hanging pot plants, old school Vogue mags, Coffee Supreme in the machine, artwork by Frances Hansen and other Kiwi artists on the walls—an attempt to jazz up the café, without losing the building’s character.
On the food front, you’ll find all sorts of fresh goodies. Everything Hello Friends + Allies creates is made on site using fresh, free-range and organic ingredients. The cabinet is overflowing with doughnuts, cakes, slices, baps and salads for those on the go, and the modern menu promises to delight brunch lovers. The fresh seasonal mushroom medley, chili scrambled eggs and bang bang chicken salad are on our hit list. Or take the more indulgent route with bircher muesli (with lemon curd!) and a pork shoulder eggs bene—scoffed alongside a cacao smoothie.
With two massive communal tables and a comfy green couch, there’s plenty of room to settle in for a morning. High tea lovers, you’ll be pleased to hear Hello Friends + Allies are converting their back room into a high tea den, soon to serve rustic noms and Noble & Savage tea.
All we ask is that you pop in ASAP. Hello Friends + Allies is quickly becoming one of the best cafes in Epsom and deserves all the love it can get.
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Image credit: Hamish Melville