Anvil Coffee Co. is hidden among mechanic workshops, TV studios and homewares superstores in Artarmon’s industrial zone. It’s an unexpected find for the area, but the cafe’s sophisticated menu and renowned coffee ensure it stands out.

The site has an industrial-chic feel, featuring large windows, a six-metre-high ceiling and garage doors leading to the outdoor seating area. It’s adorned with wartime-era machinery, including an impressive one-tonne, double-headed drill.

Sample is Anvil’s primary roaster and filter coffee, espresso, Aeropress and cold drip are on offer. Tea is also taken seriously, with unique blends by Tea Craft brewed at precise temperatures.

Chef John James (ex-Pablo and Rusty’s) runs Anvil’s kitchen, where a “no fried food” rule applies. Due to the number of workers in the area, Anvil’s gourmet takeaway sandwiches and salads are a hit.

If you’re sitting in, try the Arabian eggs; they’re poached with chilli, Greek yoghurt, mint and burnt lemon-butter. The breakfast bowl, which mixes pistachio tabbouleh and smashed avocado, is also a stand-out. For lunch, the Moroccan-spiced lamb shoulder, or the house cheeseburger are popular. The cake selection is by Luxe.

Updated: October 5th, 2017

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