To get to Two Spoons in Normandy Avenue (off Churchill Road) requires deft navigation between multiple and serious pot holes but that is nothing new to most of us.
Situated in an old house, access is through the garden which has magnificent well-established palms and a more modern rockery type water feature.
As well as the coffee shop, there is a selection of other shops — children’s toys, crafts, lingerie, baby and maternity clothes — all operating in what can only be described as a relaxed manner from various rooms in the house.
Outside there is a florist and that harbinger of organic gardening, the WormMan.
The Coffee Shop has tables under sun shades in the garden and on the veranda and a long utilitarian table in the rather Spartan inside area.
The informal atmosphere is reinforced by the menu which offers a selection of breakfast dishes, light lunches, desserts, cakes, juices, teas and coffees, interspersed with pages bearing pithy homilies such as “Recipe for Happiness”, “Grace before Meals” and “Kitchen Prayer”.
All dishes are very reasonably priced.
Breakfasts are served all day and as well as the full Farmhouse Breakfast (US$8) or a mini breakfast ($5) while the more adventurous can indulge in a Banana Chocolate Toastie (US$5)!
Lunch dishes include mini pizza, a selection of salads (very reasonably priced at between US$6 and US$10) and for the less health conscious, a burger or pie.
My attention was caught by the wrap and pitta bread (US$7) which offered an own selection of three fillings from a list including onion, cheese, bacon, banana, smoked chicken / beef, tuna and olives.
This proved to be a good choice.