What do you get when you cross new-Nordic cuisine with a Japanese tea ceremony? The clean lines and refreshingly unique menu of Edition Coffee Roasters in Darlinghurst, is what. Brothers Daniel Jackson and Corie Sutherland draw on influences from Denmark’s Noma and the thoughtful service of Japanese Gyokuro green tea to deliver a cafe with a unique signature.
“It’s Nordic-Japanese,” says Jackson. “Some dishes are purely Japanese or Nordic and some are a combination. But it’s still a cafe serving breakfast and lunch.”
Between them the brothers have been seen at Mecca, Toby’s Estate, The Stables and Black Star Pastry. Jackson previously opened and operated cafes including Clipper, Clover and Room 10. But the Nordic-Japanese influences at Edition is no random blending of styles. Sutherland has lived and travelled extensively in Japan, while Jackson has seen the rise of Nordic and Scandinavian influences on both the Sydney and international cafe landscape.
“There are similar elements in both Japanese and Scandinavian cultures,” says Jackson, so when it comes to the food, the blend makes sense. “Both [cuisines] use a lot of pickles and fresh fish … and both have a focus on perfection and simplicity.”
The result is a beautifully presented menu of around eight seasonal dishes served with a delicate, woodsy feel. On offer at the moment is black rice with rich coconut yoghurt, fruit, grains and seeds; berries and rhubarb with tea jelly and jasmine broth; smorrebrod of smoked king salmon, crème fraiche, house pickles and roe; or the coffee-braised venison roll with yuzu spiked Japanese coleslaw and wasabi mayo. Tea and coffee is also a high priority. Jackson and Sutherland have selected single origin/estate green beans and roast them for batch brew, pour-over, aero-press, Japanese drip and cold brew. The selection of teas includes second-flush Chung Feng jasmine from China and third-flush Gyokuro sourced from Japan.
“If you’re going to do it, then you have to do it right – for the tea, coffee and food,” says Jackson.
The Nordic-Japanese blend can be felt everywhere, from the honeycomb of white counter tiles, to the concrete floor and lean aesthetic – but if you need more evidence, keep an eye out for the house Danish filled with Japanese umeboshi plum.
Edition Coffee Roasters
265 Liverpool Street (Corner Crown)
Mon to Fri 7am–3.30pm
Sat & Sun 8am–3.30pm