Percy’s Aeroplane is one of those cafes you pray opens up ‘round the corner from your house. A proper neighbourhood watering hole, where frazzled mums, busy corporate types and sleepy students can all come and chill in perfect, caffeinated harmony.
You’ll find it on Denmark St, just off the bustling Kew Junction drag (but close enough to run for the tram, if need be). Wesley Lim and Michael Smith rule the roost here, dishing up specialty coffee and an eye-popping brunch selection.
First things first, pick your setting. Up the front, near the street, or maybe a quieter table in the back room. And don’t forget the slightly backyard-esque courtyard. Percy’s is a true all-weather venue—whether it’s bucketing or blazing, you can find a little nook to make your own.
The fit-out is sunny-side eggs meets industrial warehouse—lots of daffodil yellow paint, exposed bricks, high ceilings and tables from local designer David Davenport.
There are a few ways you can go when the waiter bustles over. Insta-addicts should probably steer towards the famous matcha hotcakes (green tea stacks with Nutella brioche, choc ganache, pistachios and a dollop of whipped cream). If just the sound of that makes your jeans explode, try something lighter. Maybe roast mushrooms with thyme, garlic and dukkha, or grilled asparagus with a rosette of smoked salmon and a schmear of beetroot goat’s curd (probably our personal pick).
Coffee snobs, you’re well taken care of. Percy’s runs Padre espresso (Daddy’s Girl blend), plus a range of seasonal single origins from Market Lane, available as chemex, v60 filter or cold drip. There’s also chai lattes from Tea & Spice, antioxidant infusions of watermelon and blueberry, or fresh-pressed juices.
Add this one to the brunch rotation, pronto.
Image credit: Jenna Fahey-White