The menu may be mediocre but Lamitte Cafe Is a handy stop for a quick coffee and free WI-FI between shows – 2 out of 5.
Most people head to Haymarket for two reasons – to catch a show at the Capitol Theatre or to visit China Town and Paddy’s Markets. For me, it’s often to head to the theatre as I’m a massive musical nut. This year, I caught a performance of Swan Lake, performed by the Australian Ballet, as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS, which I saw for the first time a few weeks ago. On both occasions, I was looking for a quick bite before the show; something a little more satisfying than packets of Maltesers and Pringles from the Candy Bar at the theatre. Lamitte cafe sits smack-bang across the road from the Capitol. It’s not the most exciting-looking cafe in the world, but it does offer free WI-FI, perfect for a quick scroll through Instagram.
Food-wise you can choose from a range of ready-to-order pies, quiches and slices, or make your selection from their cafe menu, featuring staples like Fish and Chips, Smoked Salmon Salad and a range of toasted sandwiches. They’ve got a breakfast menu featuring a range of specials, and a handy Show Time Menu, perfect for pre-show dining.
On a recent visit, I was in the mood for something sweet so I picked up a square of caramel slice and washed it down with a glass of the house white. We also ordered the Fish and Chips – round medallions of fish coated in a tempura batter – which for the 25 minutes it took to cook, could have been a tad bit crisper.
Lamitte isn’t all that bad, it’s a pretty decent spot to pick up a quick coffee and reasonably priced meal. The service is a little slow though so be prepared to wait. Good thing they offer the free WI-Fi to pass the time.
Happy cooking and keep smiling,