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Now open in Deakin’s Geils Court is Deakin & Me, a café that celebrates good food, good coffee, and, most importantly, nice people.

Managed by local chef Zachary Calway alongside renowned Canberra café mogul Wally Rao (founder of EQ Café & Lounge and various other local cafés), Deakin & Me is shaping up as great company for breakfast, brunch and lunch.

Deakin and Me’s Wally Rao and Zachary Calway. Photography: Ben Calvert.

“It’s how we came up with the name,” says co-owner Zac Calway.

“Of course, we want to be serving up great food and drinks, that should be a given, especially with the high calibre of cafes in Canberra. But we really wanted to ensure we created a feel-good space, where people connect with people.”

“Whether it’s meeting friends for breakfast, conducting a casual work meeting with colleagues or simply having a friendly chat with our staff while they await their order,”

“We want people to feel welcome and happy when they visit, because when you feel happy you never want to go anywhere else,” Calway explains.

Photography: Ben Calvert

The all-day menu features a selection beloved breakfast and lunch classics, done the Deakin & Me way, alongside some of their own creations.

“We offer dishes like a traditional eggs benedict, but we’ve made them our own with a spiced pulled pork, poached Hunter Valley free-range eggs, spinach and our signature hollandaise on a deliciously seedy bagel.”

Photography: Ben Calvert

Other highlights include a braised tomato and chorizo baked eggs with chickpeas, winter veg, whipped feta, fresh herbs and a garlic toasted sourdough, or the super bowl with beetroot hummus, seasoned avocado, sumac pumpkin, brown rice, charred broccolini, pickled cabbage, kale and grain textures, with your choice of added protein.

“Because we’re located within a business district, we’ve also included a deli cabinet filled with fresh daily-made lunch options that are perfect for those who want something quick, easy and on the go,” says Calway.

Photography: Ben Calvert

The menu allows diners to enjoy a relaxed sit-down early breakfast through to a brunch and lunch with a glass of wine or even a naughty cocktail.

“We’ve included a few harder drinks like a mimosa, espresso martini or a negroni, to enjoy, no matter the time of day. There’s no judgment here,” says Calway.

Photography: Ben Calvert.

Developed by Canberra interior designers Studio & You, it’s contemporary, stylish and inviting, featuring the building’s original 1980s terracotta tiles mixed with industrial elements like exposed high ceilings and beams, sage green panelled walls, hanging greenery and an abundance of natural light.

“It also has a really beautiful indoor, outdoor flow. In the warmer months, the landscaped outdoor courtyard is a beautiful place for cocktails and canapes under our striped umbrellas in the afternoon or perhaps even a canopy of fairy lights at night,” he adds.

The Essentials

What: Deakin & Me
Where: 7 Geils Court, Deakin
When: Open seven days a week. Monday – Friday from 6.30am to 3pm and Saturday – Sunday from 7.30am – 3pm

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