Little Mule Cafe in Stanmore, is worth sizing up.
Run by chef Liz Condon (formerly of much-loved Sydney institution Cafe Sopra) and open since May, the place has a highlight-heavy menu – which includes brilliant Roasted Mushies ($14) served on sourdough with a good pile-up of parmesan shavings and greens; a Breakfast Sarnie ($9.50) so tough to resist that Will destroyed his completely – the fried egg, spiced tomato chutney and bacon combo was wiped out in a time-lapse blur before I could even take an Instagram; there’s also a ‘Mule Style’ Curried Egg Sandwich ($8.50) that comes with a grind of garam marsala and surprise layer of crushed pappadums; and, for “bressert” (breakfast dessert), we waged cutlery war over a glass of Roasted Rhubarb ($9.50), layered with Greek yogurt and dusted with sweet dukkah – a scattering of nuts accompanied by the so-called “Christmas spices” (nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon – a fragrant memory bank of all your end-of-year holidays).
There’s also Campos Coffee if you need a caffeine jolt and home-made lemonade if you prefer something more sweet and sedate.
Little Mule Cafe, 136 Percival Rd, Stanmore NSW 0407 071 640. Follow Little Mule Cafe on on Facebook.