As if George Nahas wasn’t already busy enough with six venues – he’s the co-owner of Gypsy Espresso, and runs an Italian diner in Australia Square and Fortuna Drink & Eat in Darlinghurst, among others – he’s gone and opened a seventh venue. This time, he’s moved away from the inner-city, into the lobby of Sydney’s biggest commercial tower, which is the centrepiece of the Parramatta Square development.
“I’ve been in lobby cafes in different buildings and I just wanted to be in the biggest one in Sydney,” Nahas tells Broadsheet
Nahas describes the pristine eight-metre-long marble espresso bar as the most “special” espresso bar that he has opened, and an elevated version of Gypsy Espresso’s Alexandria flagship. The set-up features state-of-the-art, under-the-counter Modbar espresso machines and two self-serve filter coffee taps.
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“I wanted to do something for Parramatta that was next-level,” Nahas says. “With a lot of planning and learning from Alexandria, and the help of Mario [Szucs] and Will [Smallbone], my [business] partners at Gypsy … we put together this very technical Modbar.”
Each of the filter coffee taps will offer a regular rotation of single-origin roasts, while the Modbar will be brewing Gypsy’s house blend that comprises three origin beans from Colombia, Brazil and Costa Rica. For something “stronger, punchier and full-bodied” the team has formulated the Dark Secret, a Colombian-based blend with beans from Papua New Guinea and Brazil. Otherwise, there’s an oat milk cold brew with manuka honey and cinnamon.
But if you’re forgoing caffeine altogether, there’s house-made hibiscus, elderflower and lemonade, and green tea and lychee iced teas, as well as raw juices, frappuccino, fruit smoothies and milkshakes.
The menu features a mix of “nice, big and wholesome” sandwiches and salads. For breakfast this includes a chorizo egg muffin and the egg-wich, a smashed-egg sandwich with avocado and Dijon wasabi mayo. Come lunch time, opt for the Always Greener panini, the ultimate salad sandwich with house-pickled carrot and celeriac, beetroot, iceberg lettuce, tomato, avocado and sprouts, or the baharat-spiced chicken sandwich with smashed avo and cabbage and fennel slaw. On the salad front, options include an Asian-inspired wild rice salad with ponzu, red and white cabbage and a roasted sesame dressing, and the three-grain salad with black barley, brown rice, quinoa, kale, roasted carrots and citrus dressing.
All of this can be enjoyed in the building’s lobby, which features a permanently suspended replica of the Rose Hill Packet boat, the first European boat built in Australia that sailed from Sydney Harbour down Parramatta River.
Lobby Espresso Bar By Gypsy
Ground Level, 6 Parramatta Square, 10 Darcy Street, Parramatta
Mon to Fri 7am–5pm