Broncos players Sam Thaiday and Andrew McCullough have scored a conversion off the field, turning Newstead’s old Shucked Café into the newly revamped Drinc Café.
The interior has morphed from the shabby chic 70s style of yesteryear into a sharp, modern space. The exposed brick walls, polished cement floors and corrugated iron ceiling gives a stylish industrial feel, in keeping with the neighbourhood.
The café’s updated look comes with an updated menu, with a focus on fresh, quality ingredients.
For breakfast, we enjoyed the house made granola which was packed full of macadamias, pepitas, pumpkin seed, linseed, almond, coconut crisp and rolled oats that were all oven baked in maple syrup and brown sugar. This was served in layers between natural yoghurt and a house made berry compote in a stylish glass canister with a wooden lid.
Other ways to start the day at Drinc include corn fritters with guacamole, pickled carrot, blackened corn and a radish salad.
There is also Sam’s savoury mince on offer, based on a secret home recipe served on toast and topped with a fried egg.
Lunch is also served at Drinc with a range of burgers available, including a vegetarian option. These are served on toasted brioche buns and come with house made sauces, including a spicy tomato or barbecue sauce.
Catering to the hungry sporting crowd, burgers can be doubled up to two beef patties, or bacon is available as an optional side.
Sandwich-lovers can also partake in a meatball sub, with house made meatballs cooked in a tomato-based sauce, which is served with Monterey jack cheese and a red cabbage slaw.
The retro coffee machine brews a serious flat white, with the café offering its own signature coffee blend. For anyone with a sweet tooth, a delectable Nutella latte is also available.
While it’s a chilled café by day, at night, Drinc turns into a funky function space, complete with licensed bar.
Drinc Café can be found at 9 Cresswell St in Newstead and is open from 7am to 2pm seven days a week.