A slick establishment on the main street, Addimi brings modern café dining to Tamworth.
Addimi is easy to spot at 8am on a Thursday morning, when we roll in. There’s a line of locals waiting for takeaway coffees while more languid customers occupy most of the tables arranged on Peel Street’s extra wide footpath.
High gloss black subway tiles frame the wide double entry to the café, a not-so-subtle visual clue that this establishment is firmly in the ultra modern, chic café game. The look is fantastic, and is sure to pull you in.
Inside, the long, skinny café is lined with diners enjoying their eggs benedict under modern graffiti-style artworks while fresh-faced and friendly staff glide over the polished concrete floors in their smart hospitality blacks, keeping apace with the morning rush.
In no time we’re seated out the front watching Tamworth kick into gear for the day, a couple of coffees warming our hands in the early autumn chill. Smooth and strong, just how I like it. With a number of specials scrawled on oversized blackboards inside, we opt for regular menu items: the salmon and ricotta bruschetta with pear and rocket and the potato rosti with oven roasted tomato, balsamic mushrooms, sautéed spinach and a poached egg.
It was a tough choice, and I was almost lured towards the French toast with primo bacon, fruit compote and Canadian maple syrup because, yum. Next time.
A quick perusal of the lunch menu proves Addimi doesn’t discriminate against the midday crowd, with the classic Rueben sandwich catching my eye, along with the angus beef burger with bacon jam (hallelujah for bacon jam!), tomato, cheese, greens and coleslaw, and the vegetable involtini with eggplant, roasted capsicum, zucchini, sweet potato and capsicum and tomato coulis. Can we come back for lunch please? Next time.
Rounding off the menu is an assortment of devious-looking cakes and tarts, perfect to share over a strong, Italian-style coffee.
In a country town like Tamworth, travellers can learn a lot by speaking to the locals, and the overwhelming consensus amongst most of those to whom we spoke is that Addimi is the place to go for brekky in the Country Music Capital of Australia.
Who were we to argue? We weren’t disappointed in the recommendation and you won’t be, either.