The owners behind some of Sydney’s best coffee are opening a new cafe in the city’s newest food precinct, Steam Mill Lane.
“It will be the complete opposite of our Darlinghurst cafe,” says Daniel Jackson who runs Edition with Jack New, the cafe’s chef. “Darlinghurst is light with pale oak wood, but this is designed off a traditional Japanese-style farmhouse so has a lot of black, dark wood, stone and exposed timber beams.”
What won’t be different, though, is Edition’s food made with fine-dining techniques.
“It’ll have the same Scando-Japanese-style approach,” says Jackson, “but we’re going to add in some elements to cater to the local clientele. There’s a student-heavy uni crowd because of UTS and UNSW, and a corporate crowd because of the Commonwealth Bank, so we will do a lot more takeaways.”
When the cafe opens in early June it will feature a two-metre-tall Japanese maple tree and west-facing floor-to-ceiling windows opening onto the bustle of Darling Square – a new hub near Haymarket that is rapidly changing because of the NSW government’s $3.5 billion development plan to revitalise Darling Harbour.
Edition has been operating a coffee cart on Steam Mill Lane for a couple weeks next to neighbours Belles Hot Chicken, 8bit, and some retail offerings. Marrickville Pork Roll is opening soon, as is Surry Hills’ Sandwich Shop; Ricefields (from the team behind Two Sticks, Bun Galley and Kobe Wagyu Yakinku), which will serve Sichuan-style rice dishes; and BangBang Izakaya.
The new Edition will offer four types of bento boxes and sandwiches (Edition is upping its baking game by introducing milk buns for the rolls and burgers and Scandinavian-style breads). “In Sweden there’s an open sandwich called smorrebrod that usually has a pickled, smoked or cured fish, along with salads. We’ll be serving those.”
The Edition miso and dark chocolate cookie is coming too. “We have a bit of a following for them,” he says. “There are people who get grumpy if they don’t get them. Some people pre-order them.”
They’ve also hired a pastry chef, so expect a greater selection of sweet things and desserts, too.
The new Edition Coffee Roasters is slated to open on Steam Mill Lane in the first week of June.