“Simple, wholesome food with integrity and heart”

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That’s the motto Equium Social, one of Mayfield’s most-popular cafes that’s become a go-to destination in the increasingly popular Newcastle suburb.

“A café these days is part of the local community. It’s like what a pub used to be, just that little more approachable,” co-owner Jacques said.

When @ the Coalface visited Equium Social on a crip Autumn lunchtime, the venue was full with families, professionals having a meeting over a bite, social groups of older locals, and single diners having a relax.

People can expect a wholesome, ethically sourced and seasonally influenced menu that has taste written all over it.

Jacques said the menu had always been really simple in nature.

“It’s nice to just sit down somewhere, especially for breakfast, it’s a daily thing, you want something delicious yet simple.”

Our key picks are:

  • Ricotta hotcakes with house-made ricotta folded through fluffy hotcakes, cream, maple, strawberries, candied nuts;
  • Rye & potato waffle of ocean trout gravlax, herbed cashew cheese, pickles, crispy fried egg, dressed greens;
  • Zucchini noodle pesto salad with caramelised tomato chilli chickpeas, roast sweet potato, cashew parmesan; and
  • Slab of vegetable hash, avocado pea smash, chimichurri-dressed salad, spiced seeds (and poached egg if you like).

Equium Social’s drinks menu doesn’t let the variety, taste and wow-factor down either with an extensive range of coffee and tea options, house-made kombucha, a surprising range of “fizzy” drinks (try the amazing Splice: pineapple lime-ade, coconut & lemon myrtle cream float), as well as house soda and thick shrubs.

We’re not alone in our appreciation of Equium Social with a fellow diner commenting, “My favourite cafe. So refreshing to go to an eatery where the love, care and respect for food shines. This is what nourishment is. Equium Social is an inspiration.”

Oh, and Equium Social is dog-friendly with @ The Coalface’s Jack Russell, Alfie loving the vibe and attention, too – as well as the doggy drinking bowl provided.

Equium Social is at 1-5 Maitland Road and trades 6am to 2.30pm Monday to Friday and from 6.30am to 2.30pm on weekends.

You can’t book, but there are always spots available in the large, open room and outside and parking is easy in the side street.

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