Stepney will now be saying bienvenidos and benvenuto to this Spanish and Italian-style restaurant.
The highly-anticipated new restaurant Cachemira has softly opened, with a European-style menu and fit out. The new venue comes from the group behind popular Blackwood eatery Lenox Avenue, and operates under a similar model.
Like its Blackwood counterpart, Stepney’s Cachemira is serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all of which have distinct menus. While the new restaurant only has coffee and local, European-style pastries and small bites, it will eventually expand to a Mediterranean-style tapas bar with Spanish and Italian eats on the menu.
Launching on September 27, the brunch menu will features classics with a European twist. There will be a big breakfast but with patatas bravas, eggs, spinach, sourdough, and on the vine tomatoes. There will also be a soppressata breakfast with Italian dry salami, fried eggs, sweet roasted tomatoes on the vine, salsa verde, and golden sourdough.
For lunch, their signature dish will be a “calamari Madrid,” a Spanish favourite with calamari in a baguette. However, Cachemira’s dish will have a bit of a spin: It will be open-faced, with the calamari, smoked aioli, chili, dill, and more atop the toasted baguette.
For dinner, which will be the last meal unveiled as part of their multi-tiered opening, Cachemira will focus on share plates, cooking up serrano ham croquettes, pickled items, carbonara pasta, and more.
Cachemira founder Izaac King decided to make a Mediterranean-inspired eatery after seeing the Stepney space’s European-style courtyard, which has “greenery everywhere,” decades-old olive trees, and vines growing up the walls. The venue has a “heavy splash of gold” amid a black and white fit out, with unique light fixtures, wooden seats, and Picasso-style art adorning the walls.
Perhaps most notably, the restaurant features a full wall of individual sheets of 24 karat gold, assembled by King. He decided to install it himself after outsourcing a lot of the work for his other establishment, Lenox Avenue.
“I learned a lot of lessons with Lenos Avenue, one being that I paid a lot of people to execute ideas I should have done myself,” King says.
“Apart from a couple of tradies who have helped out, I’ve designed, painted, installed, and picked out everything in Cachemira; I’ve learned that the best way to execute my vision is to do it myself.”
Find Cachemira at 137 Magill Road, Stepney.