2042 feels very grown up compared to most places on trendy King Street. It’s a large cafe that, despite it’s size still manages to feel homely. With its boho chic aesthetic, rococo gilt frames, painted dressers, neutral, chalky colours, big comfy couches and a mix of small and large communal wooden tables it has a casual but sophisticated vibe. There are paintings on the walls that change regularly and it’s the perfect place to take a mixture of generations for brunch as the décor and the extensive menu appeals to all tastes and appetites.
There is a kids’ menu with a few well chosen items that mimic the best sellers on the regular menu and although the cafe doesn’t shout kid friendly; it actually is, having high chairs, change mats and wifi on hand. The menu is extensive and inventive with generous, deli style sandwiches and antipasto platters being the house speciality. They serve breakfast all day and in the evening the cafe becomes a purely adult zone, with alcohol being served.
2042 is bustling on the weekends and popular with the lunch and brunch crowd and the double shop seats large numbers of diners, however the staff manage to hold it all together and even when full the service is speedy and efficient. We went for an aged uncle’s birthday and he declared the Schultz smoked Wagyu beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, dijonaise, & pickles on rye ($14) the best beef he had ever eaten. He was right, the rare beef was incredibly moist and tender and the sauerkraut was homemade and perfectly balanced and didn’t overpower the rest of the ingredients. The vegan dish of Roasted mushroom burger with grilled eggplant, baby spinach, lemon spiked fetta on toasted brioche ($15) was extremely tasty too and everyone pondered why their own attempts at mushroom sandwiches at home never tasted so good.
One of the best things about 2042 is that the kids’ sized versions of the main favourites are just as full flavoured and robust as the adult’s. My son swooned over the pulled pork burger with slaw salad on a grilled brioche bun ($8) as much as the adults did over their food. And when the Belgium style waffles with butterscotch & vanilla ice cream or with maple syrup & sticky fig ice cream ($11) came there was a scuffle as the children in the party scoffed it down. And with that last dish the family occasion was declared a success.