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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 […]

Bar Pho Pop-Up, Surry Hills

July 23rd, 2014  |  by  |  published in Cafes | 1 Comment »

Bar Pho Pop-Up, Surry Hills

Here’s a nice way to defrost from winter’s stubborn chill – head to the Bar Pho pop-up that’s currently on at Surry Hills. Once you enter the courtyard hosting this street-stall eatery, your attention is vividly intercepted by a three-part harmony of spice, smoke and stock. There’s a pho station in one corner, with slithery […]

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 […]

Rising Sun Workshop, Newtown

April 21st, 2014  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest | 2 Comments »

Rising Sun Workshop, Newtown

In Japan, there’s a minor thrill in finding a ramen bar in unlikely corners – unassuming alley ways, busy railway stations, the turn of a street corner. Here in Sydney, you might reloop your footsteps once you walk by Rising Sun Workshop in Newtown and realise that this communal motorcycle garage does double-duty as a […]

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 […]

Pinbone, Woollahra

December 24th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Cafes, Latest, Restaurants | 3 Comments »

Pinbone, Woollahra

Pinbone in Woollahra is a sharp, fresh shot of oxygen to the local dining scene. By taking over the old Buzo site, this establishment does more than just hit the reset button. Chefs Mike Eggert and Jemma Whiteman (Billy Kwong, Three Blue Ducks) and front-of-house whiz Berri Eggert (Cafe Paci) manage to sneak in redefinitions […]

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