The Asian cafe is bringing fresh ingredients and homemade Japanese meals to Geelong.
A popular coffee shop on Ryrie Street has undergone a rebranding for 2021. John Doe Specialty Coffee has become Neko, a Japanese themed café, filled with Japanese staples and a range of cat-themed décor, (Neko or ネコ is the Japanese word for cat).
The owners say the aim is to bring a Japanese/ Asian style café to Geelong and considering the popularity of the four-legged feline in Japan, cat-themed décor is a step in the right direction.
The new menu has been revamped with several Japanese dishes, including a handful of Donburi (Japanese rice bowls), a Soba Noodle Salad, and my favorite, the Takumi Tofu Donburi, a nod to Initial D an anime about street racing in Japan’s famous tōge, or mountain-pass roads.
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The owners say the change was inspired by a love of travel and a passion for other cultures.
Of course, Neko will still be serving the same coffee that patrons of John Doe have enjoyed for a while now, with the café being a favorite in the area.
Neko is open 7am – 3pm on weekdays and is closed on weekends.
Check them out at 237 Ryrie Street, Geelong, check out the menu here.