Dirty eggs, strawberry matcha and New York-style chunky cookies, Kingston has a new cafe, one that will give you that warm fuzzy feeling of the perfect heart-warming brekky.

Good Neighbour, a new venture from the owner of local institution, Gus’ Place, is opening on Wentworth Avenue on Thursday 13 June, and is set to include a small, curated breakfast and lunch menu with a constant rotation of specials.

Built on the foundation of what it means to be a good neighbour, the cafe will focus on the key elements of friendly service, good food, great coffee and consistency.

Following the hiatus of Gus’ Place due to the redevelopment of the Garema Place building, owner Fish Zafar sought opportunity to open a second cafe, aiming to do something a little different.

“I didn’t want to spend too long out of hospitality as it is constantly evolving, so I thought we’ve got a strong team, we have experience, and it gives us the opportunity to try something different in a new space,” he says.

On the fixed breakfast menu expect a mix of staples and a few more elevated dishes such as chilli crab folded eggs and ricotta hot cakes.


“When guests come in for breakfast, they know exactly what they want – it’s our job to hit that spot. That simplicity is all we’re trying to achieve,” Zafar says.

For lunch, find favourites such as the Karaage Bowl, Crispy Fish Tacos and Sun-Dried Tomato & Basil Capellini. As for specials, expect something different every time you visit.


“The specials will add interest and intrigue. One day it could be a Thai soup, or a curry or pasta…we won’t be limited by cuisine,” Zafar says.

For the Gus’ superfans, you’re also in luck! With the menu to include their famous Mexican-inspired Heuvos Sucios (Dirty Eggs) and the perfect winter warmer, Shakshouka.


If you’re on the run, the takeaway menu will have an array of rotating sandwiches and baked goods made in-house. These will include a Reuben Toastie, Tuna Melt and Poached Chicken Mayo, as well as burnt Basque cheesecake, scones, cinnamon scrolls and New York-style chunky cookies.

Tapping into the current matcha trend, Good Neighbour will also be one of the few in Canberra to get a strawberry iced matcha, without taking the spotlight off their own private label house and single origin coffee blends.

Designed by Capezio Copeland, the interior has been created to suit the surroundings. Contemporary, modern and minimal, it caters for weekend brunches through to business meetings with indoor and outdoor seating. Free ample parking is also available and weekend brunches with your furry friends are encouraged!

Good Neighbour will be open from Monday to Friday, 7:30am-2:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday, 8am-1:30pm, from Thursday 13 June.

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