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Clementine’s, Pyrmont

August 10th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | 2 Comments »

Clementine’s, Pyrmont

From the “I’m glad you exist” files is Clementine’s in Pyrmont. Sure, the menu is as tight and tiny as the space, but it proves you don’t have to go blockbuster big to make a point. My fave thing here is the Belluci ($10), which is a mushroom thyme sub that’s just an excellent transit […]

Meet Gerard, Alexandria

June 17th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Favourites, Latest | 1 Comment »

Meet Gerard, Alexandria

So Meet Gerard has staged an impressive introduction on this borderline between Alexandria, Redfern and Erskineville. On a corner that’s seen a wipeout of short-lived cafes (RIP), this eatery has not only scored lasting attention, it’s quickly become busy and much-visited. As I wrote in Good Food, Meet Gerard “might finally break the curse of […]

Barista and Cook, Waterloo

February 23rd, 2016  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | Leave A Comment »

Barista and Cook, Waterloo

It’s no cliffhanger what a cafe called Barista and Cook might be fixated on. Coffee isn’t an afterthought, that’s for sure, and it appears in various guises on the menu (cold drip, Chemex and V60; the Gypsy Espresso beans also gatecrash their way onto the dessert menu, as a snowball of gelato that’s wedged between […]

Dr Faustus, Surry Hills

March 26th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Favourites, Latest | 1 Comment »

Dr Faustus, Surry Hills

Dr Faustus in Surry Hills offers fast-acting relief against hunger, thirst and cafe-menu fatigue. With its inventive offerings – from an addictive Pulled Mushroom Bun ($14) to its Australian take on cereal milks – this establishment brings a booster shot of originality to the Sydney dining scene. In fact, it’s an excellent prescription for anyone […]

Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst

January 3rd, 2015  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Favourites | 3 Comments »

Edition Coffee Roasters, Darlinghurst

Let’s call Edition Coffee Roasters in Darlinghurst my favourite new cafe right now. Small in scale, but big on brilliance, this place offers immediate relief against all the samey establishments where eggs on toast is a protected species and every menu looks like a carbon copy of any other caffeine-dispensing joint. As you’d guess from […]

John Smith Cafe, Waterloo

July 20th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | 1 Comment »

John Smith Cafe, Waterloo

John Smith Cafe in Waterloo (which also masquerades under the tough-boy name of John Smith Rebel Roaster) has been a place I’ve been meaning to say good things about since it opened months ago. I’m liberating this one from my drafts folder because, if you haven’t been yet – you should go. Cracker breakfasts, good […]

One Penny Red, Summer Hill

July 3rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in Cafes | 3 Comments »

One Penny Red, Summer Hill

One Penny Red in Summer Hill used to be a post office and you could imagine the old declaration forms being put to good use by people who’ve enjoyed the brunch there (they wouldn’t have to stick such claims to a departing package, though). Mushrooms ($14) – slick with confit garlic butter and curls of pecorino […]

Brighton The Corner, Petersham

April 16th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | 3 Comments »

Brighton The Corner, Petersham

Every week, Two Thousand singles out places worth trying; Brighton The Corner in Petersham made its honour roll in the recent edition. Major credit to the website for this discovery, because it’s a small-scale gem. The name holds a geographic clue, with this cafe sitting on a corner stretch of the inner-west suburb – right […]

Black Star Pastry, Rosebery

January 6th, 2014  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | 2 Comments »

Black Star Pastry, Rosebery

Black Star Pastry has opened in Rosebery and it’s far from a carbon copy of the original Newtown store. The new space is beautiful: lines of copper wrap around the counter, like industrial layers of frosting, while suspended planters flirt with gravity and the neat stacks of timber remind you of what fuels and warms […]

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