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Saga, Enmore

March 18th, 2017  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Favourites, Latest, Restaurants | 4 Comments »

Saga, Enmore

Saga in Enmore isn’t just named after a pair of sneakers that Andrew Bowden (aka Andy Bowdy) bought for nearly a grand (blame shipping costs and unfriendly exchange rates for that eyebrow-raising price). It’s also a tribute to the many chapters of his life spent with partner Maddison Howes – they met at Hartsyard, where […]

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 […]

El Chapel, Marrickville

May 30th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | 3 Comments »

El Chapel, Marrickville

“Everything dies on Enmore Road!” That’s what Piero Pignatti Morano was (cheerily) told when he set up his latest cafe, El Chapel. A local helpfully pointed out the high mortality rate of all the businesses that had optimistically tried to set up on this unforgiving stretch of Marrickville. I’m gunning for El Chapel to get […]

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 […]

The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar, Redfern

January 15th, 2016  |  by  |  published in Bars, Cafes, Favourites, Latest | Leave A Comment »

The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar, Redfern

The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar reopened in Redfern last week, so it’s a good time to respark interest in this great one-of-a-kind venue. It’s gotten a lot of worthwhile attention for proving that there’s more to tea than a bag thoughtlessly dunked into a mug – and even though steeped leaves are a headline […]

Petal Met Sugar, Woolloomooloo

October 31st, 2015  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | 1 Comment »

Petal Met Sugar, Woolloomooloo

At the newly opened Petal Met Sugar in Woolloomooloo, the blooms and sweets are so good-looking that you’re surprised the furniture doesn’t get an inferiority complex. Here, the prettiness levels are dialed up to 11 – everything seems like it’s amplified to impress your eye. Each floral feature or pastry detail feels like it’s been […]

Textbook Boulangerie-Patisserie, Alexandria

July 28th, 2015  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | 4 Comments »

Textbook Boulangerie-Patisserie, Alexandria

There are no boring diagrams or charts at Textbook Boulangerie-Patisserie in Alexandria – just sweets so good looking that they deserve their own catwalk. There’s a Jaffa Cake ($8.50) that feels like a high-gloss, silken Chanel version of eating the choc-orange candy found in supermarket confectionery aisles – thanks to the satiny mandarin cremeux, airy milk-choc mousse, chocolate crunch and pain de gênes. […]

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 […]

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