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Businesses in Docklands - March 2015

05 Mar 2015

No end of options

At The Conder Restaurant in NewQuay, there’s an option for everyone.

Whether you like laksa or risotto, sashimi or scotch fillet steak, The Conder Restaurant is sure to keep you satisfied and won’t cost you a fortune.

“With our range we have an option to suit any customer,” managing director Charlie Tu said.

According to Mr Tu, The Conder offers a range of European and Asian cuisines, with most meals on the menu priced between $10 to $14.

“For me it’s all about offering a lot of choice,” Mr Tu said. “There aren’t many restaurants offering such a wide range of Asian and European cuisines.”

The restaurant opened at the base of the Conder apartment tower two months ago and Mr Tu said it was a convenient option for local workers and residents.

“Why bother shopping or cooking if you can come here and have a restaurant meal?” Mr Tu said.

“And why have fast food when you can enjoy a restaurant quality meal for around the same price?” he added.

The restaurant is also fully licensed, meaning guests can enjoy a drink with their meals too, something you can’t do at a fast food restaurant.

At the same time, The Conder also offers the convenience of takeaway, making it an easy option to take back to the office or apartment, according to Mr Tu.

Mr Tu said new meals will be added to the menu regularly and staff will keep guests informed of the fresh additions.

“Every time a customer comes in my manager will let them know what new items we have on the menu,” Mr Tu said.

“The main point for me is having European and Asian cuisine and keep new meals coming through,” he said.

Mr Tu said the main goal for the restaurant was to provide great service and great meals to residents and workers in Docklands.

The Conder Restaurant is located at 8-10 NewQuay Promenade.

Visit http://www.theconder.com.au or call 9670 8388.

It’s all about the coffee

If you’re a coffee connoisseur then chances are you’ve already paid a visit to new kid on the block Little Bean Dockside.

Robert Mancini and Vince Leone opened the Collins St cafe in January and say so far they have been “flat-out”.

According to Mr Mancini, Little Bean Dockside is “all about the coffee”.

“We specialise in single-origin roasts, we roast our own coffee and we’re very fussy about our coffee,” Mr Mancini said. “Everything is secondary to the coffee here.”

“We have our own house blend, which we roast ourselves and then we have our single origin that come from Costa Rica, Kenya, El Salvador, Rwanda and Mexico.”

“What sets us apart is our attention to detail with the coffee, we’re very fastidious with the way we make it,” he said. “That shows because we have customers who are trying our coffee and coming back.”

The cafe also serves a full range of loose-leaf teas, along with cold brew tea and coffee through a nitrogen filter.

Little Bean Dockside is Mr Mancini and Mr Leone’s third venture together, with two other cafes in the CBD.

According to Mr Mancini, the Docklands location is “going great guns”.

In another life, the pair worked in the corporate world but both decided they needed a change around the same time.

Coffee lovers themselves, they opened their first cafe, Little Bean Blue, three and a half years ago and haven’t looked back since.

“Four years later and we’re still going strong,” Mr Mancini said.  

Little Bean Dockside is the pair’s first venture with a kitchen and Mr Leone said the all-day breakfast was a great option for local corporates.

“We’re trying to cater for all the corporates in Docklands with something quick, but also good for you,” Mr Leone said.

With a large seating area, and plenty of tables, Mr Mancini said Little Bean Dockside was also a great place for work meetings.

He said the cafe also offered corporate catering.

And if you’re looking for something sweet to go with your coffee, Little Bean Dockside has a range of cakes and biscuits, with something for almost everyone.

“We’re getting into some healthier options and tailoring for different requirements like paleo, vegan and gluten-free,” Mr Mancini said.

He said the cafe planned to introduce a lunch menu and a bar on Friday nights, tailoring to the after-work crowd.

Little Bean Dockside is located at the base of the Aurecon building at 850 Collins St.

Visit http://www.littlebeandockside.com.au for more information.

 

 

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