Maison Ama Lurra is a café where contemporary French chic meets converted warehouse. It is light and airy, with plenty of space between tables. Personally, I like a place where there is enough room to swing a cat, not that I want to swing a cat, but I do like to be able to have a discreet discussion without an audience! The atmosphere at this café is relaxed – so much so, that a game of chess was in play when I was last there. Another person was curled up on the couch with a book. As for myself, I savoured each sip of my tea – it was an absolute treat. The tea leaves are supplied by a French tea house – Mariage Fréres (tea traders for more than 300 years). There are exotic blends such as Casablanca and Marco Polo. If you are a tea lover such as myself, you will be in tea heaven! And for coffee lovers, yes the coffee is good too – champion barista Tristan Creswick is on staff, and the café has its own speciality organic coffee.
The menu at Maison Ama Lurra is limited and portion sizes are petite, but the focus is on quality. I savoured each bite of my rye sourdough toast with tomato chutney (yum!!), sundried tomato and eggplant. There was a small fresh green salad on the side. The staff are very friendly and helpful.
Maison Ama Lurra is open from 7am – 4pm Monday to Friday and 8am – 4pm on weekends. It also has meeting rooms that you can book.
UPDATE September 2013: This cafe has rebranded since this review was written. It has now become Ample Cafe and Bar. This review is therefore out of date.