Pitch perfect, in every sense. The corner location of this Kiwi-managed café-cum-restaurant on the edge of desirable Exmouth Market is hugely appealing: the tables both inside and on the pavement are a pure delight, especially when you catch the aroma of the coffee roasting in the basement.
The relaxation of the setting is matched by the exacting commitment and skill displayed in the presentation of the food, wine and coffee. It is hardly surprising, therefore, that since its opening in early 2010 Caravan has been a runaway success.
Miles Kirby, head chef and head roaster (and not many people can claim that joint title) is an alumnus of The Providores, so you can expect a global roll call of ingredients. Could fusion food be making a comeback, dare we ask? In the right hands it can work, and Miles is certainly one of the few people who can make it enjoyable.
The small coffee roastery in the basement has also captured the attention of many other restaurateurs, and now has its emulators around town.