The name ‘Abuelo’ (ah-bwell-oh) was inspired by our grandfather. With barely a word of English, Abuelo was always a warm presence and passed on traditional Argentinian recipes. Despite being a carpenter by trade, every week he baked cakes for the bakery at Zigolini’s from recipes in old Women’s Weekly magazines (especially the Australian classics) that became the most popular sellers by far. Alberto also hand crafted timber joinery for the first Zigolini’s in Sydney, which remained on that site for over 20 years. In honour of this, Abuelo Covent Garden will heavily feature unique timber joinery pieces constructed from Australian NSW Spotted Gum.
Abuelo is an Australian meets South American coffee-house and kitchen in the heart of Covent Garden and the theatre district, serving specialty coffees and teas, and an all day menu of ethically sourced, organic, farm to table, homely meals.
Amidst the bustle of the city it is a haven of calm with its warm earthy colours and materials. Take a seat in the cosy sofa corner or at the ‘kitchen table’ and connect with friends and strangers alike.
The name ‘Abuelo’ meaning ‘grandfather’ in Spanish relates to theme of ‘family and home’, in the same vein the main room is an interpretation of a home dining room – with the handwoven Argentinian rug running under the large dining table surrounded by antique spindle chairs and bookended by the timber fireplace.
When you come to Abuelo you are sitting at our kitchen table and we hope that you feel as at home at ours as you would at your own.