From Greek yum-cha in the Shire, a top tip from a retired jockey and a love of horse racing inspired Gary Macris to invest in a breakfast spot within shouting distance of Royal Randwick. There has never been a more appropriate name for a café that is a regular breakfast, brunch and lunch spot for the local racing community of race horse trainers, owners and stable hands as ‘Stable Talk.’
A pit stop for the racing community and locals alike to take a break and catch up ‘there’s always chit chat about what’s happened on the weekend or what’s happening generally in racing,’ said Gary.
Stable Talk’s opening hours cater to the nearby racing set and local community. ‘The stable kids all start work at 4am, then the tradies so we are here at 5.30am ready to go and finish up at 3pm’ said Gary. The cafés opening hours follow the same pattern with a slightly later time of 6am starts on the weekend.
Stepping inside the rustic interior the strong racing connection is clearly evident as it is filled with racing history and memorabilia that Gary’s lovingly collected over the years. There are plenty of tables to choose from to enjoy one of the specialty coffees or juices, served amongst framed pictures of thoroughbreds, saddles and racing tackle. The menu offers breakfast, brunch and lunch items from freshly baked muffins and hearty full breakfasts to healthy salads or Gary’s favourite, a wagyu beef burger with cheddar and maple bacon.
Gary constantly updates the menu to ensure there are lots of healthy options ‘I had a nutritionist come down and have a chat to me as she had clients who are jockeys trying to either lose or maintain weight’ which resulted in poke bowls being introduced onto the menu and are the perfect healthy option to pick up on the way to work.
Stable Talk takes reservations, can accommodate large groups for a party or event and is also licensed. They can also offer the whole venue for hire for a work function or Christmas party providing finger food and drinks as well as catering options for delivery.
‘In the future at the café, I’d like to add dinner as an option, maybe a tapas style menu,’ said Gary ‘but for now I’m happy making my customers happy.’