43 Denison St, Carrington, NSW
02 4961 1131
If you can’t bear to leave your dog behind while you head out for Saturday brunch, boy do we have good news for you. Cafe Inu in Newcastle is completely dog friendly; in fact, they encourage you to let your furry friends tag along on your coffee dates.
Miwa Haas, a Japanese expat, worked in a number of cafes around Sydney, Nagisa Japanese in Newcastle before the site in Carrington was available. Miwa and her husband, Peter, took out a 10-year lease on the property, with grand plans to renovate.
Luckily, Peter is a shop fitter, so with his expertise and Miwa’s hard work, Cafe Inu was born. Together they created somewhere everyone was welcome: an open-plan warehouse with plenty of space and charming pieces of mismatched furniture.
The word ‘inu’ means dog in Japanese and as Miwa wanted to create a place in which she could share her love of dogs with the wider community it was the perfect fit. Naturally, the couple’s American staffy, Bear, is a regular at the cafe, keeping an eye on customers as they enjoy their meals and making friends with the other fur babies who visit.
Miwa and the team serve a range of colourful Asian and fusion inspired breakfast, brunch and lunch options everyday. For breakfast, try the aptly named Eggs Beardict – organic sourdough, special mornay sauce, fried eggs, shaved parmesan and chives with your choice of salmon, bacon or ham.
Lunch options include a variety of quirkily named choices. For example the Nemo Burger – crumbed blue whiting fillet with lettuce, house-made tartare sauce, pesto and chilli hair, or the Gyoza Dog – pork or veggie gyoza with fresh coleslaw and sweet chilli sauce in a brioche bun. The Keema Curry is also a popular option: it includes beef mince, bacon, onion, carrot, long chilli, capsicum and garlic, served on rice with a fried egg and salad. Don’t forget to add a side of lotus chips to your meal – they are a favourite among regulars.
The friendly and attentive staff serve coffee from a local roaster, Crave, as well as a variety of teas, hot chocolate, juices, soft drinks, milkshakes and smoothies. For a healthy way to start your day order a black sesame smoothie or the acai smoothie, which includes acai, banana, apple juice and chia seeds.
Everyone is greeted as a friend at Cafe Inu, which is evident in the diverse customer base – from people in suits and tradies in high vis, to friends catching up for a morning coffee with their dogs.
Miwa and Peter have created a warm and friendly space where customers can come and feel at home, complete with the best friends. With plans to extend the outdoor areas in the future – we heard a rumour that an outdoor deck may be on the cards – Cafe Inu is one to keep an eye on.