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11 Feb 2016

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An enchanting new dessert bar named after a mysterious raconteur called Damon Bradley has opened at Southgate.

Travelling through England, the inspiration for the store’s name came after owner Eileen Galea stumbled across a journal in an old bookcase in a cottage in Devon.

“As I sat in the breakfast nook exploring the gilt-edged pages, I found a scrapbook of papers torn from notebooks, restaurant menus and theatre programs with envelopes postmarked in cities around the world,” she said.

“The letters were from a man named Damon Bradley who told of his love of travel, Frank Sinatra and most of all his love of dessert. It was captivating.”

So flourished Eileen’s dream to create a classic dessert bar, a dream that had its beginning when she grew up helping out in her mother’s chocolateria.

She said Southgate was a perfect location for the new venture.

“Damon Bradley is a decadent destination for specialty high teas, intimate late night dates, indulgent morning teas, breakfast on the run, cheeky afternoon get togethers or dessert for dinner,” Eileen said.

Damon Bradley’s 20-page menu includes an extensive list of indulgent desserts paired with wines and stickies, such as slow roasted pears and white chocolate cheesecake paired with Riesling or peanut butter crepes paired with orange Muscat and flora.

Desserts by glass, waffles, crepes, stewed fruits, fondues and sharing plates (including a donut sharing plate) also feature matching wines.

There are also fridges full of specialty chocolates, pastries and cakes, sundaes for the young at heart and a children’s menu. The drinks list includes milkshakes, ice cream sodas, iced drinks, dessert martinis and plenty of teas and coffees.

Highlights of the high tea selection menu include a fanciful Bradley Bear High Tea for children and the pink-themed Truly Scrumptious High Tea, which is predicted to be a hit with young and old.

And while specialising in sweets, the menu also caters for those interested in something a little bit savoury offering a range of sandwiches, baguettes and scones.

Eileen said the menu offered something for everyone and that she was excited to be open in Southbank’s transient community.

“We thought we’d do very well here because you’ve got such a mixture of trade coming through. Obviously you’ve got the locals, the office workers and all the tourism.”

“It’s a place to come in treat yourself and also to chill. You can still come in and have a cup of tea and some scones and relax.”

Damon Bradley is located on the mid-level of Southgate opposite Tutto Bene, accommodating 60-70 patrons with high tea banquet seating and indoor and outdoor cafe style dining.

Opening hours are 8am – 7pm Monday to Wednesday; 8am – 10pm Thursday; 8am – 11pm Friday; 10am – midnight Saturday and 10am – 10pm Sunday.

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