A handful of recently opened Sydney cafes are bringing the breakfast goods. From reliable ol’ bacon and egg rolls to a Sydney-born Sri Lankan specialty and a breakfast that’s almost a dessert, here are five new dishes that’ll help you kick off your day with a splendid (and delicious) start.
One Another’s bacon and egg roll
Pretty backstreet cafe One Another is a fresh inner-west venue doing the essentials well. It’s not reinventing the wheel, but it’s doing the classics with style. Nowhere on the menu is this more obvious than its bacon and egg roll. The bread is from Providence bakery (or Nonie’s if you want yours gluten free) and the bacon is from Tablelands Premier Meats in central-west NSW. To go with it, there’s coffee from Sample and a vibe that is very much local. From almost any seat you can see the nearby park and the green backstreets of Newtown. “We want to have a place where we know everyone,” co-owner Louis Spangaro-McAllan told Broadsheet. “I want the community to come here – that’s the kind of cafe I want to own.”
Valhalla Social’s omelette
The remit at Glebe newbie Valhalla Social is similar – getting the basics down pat – but it’d be remiss of us to call its omelette basic. This beauty is fluffy as all get-out and positively oozes stracciatella (cheese made from Italian buffalo milk). You can order it any way you please: with bacon, portobello mushrooms or smoked salmon. Or just keep it simple and make do with the gooey soft cheese. Valhalla Social uses Five Senses Coffee, and it’s good. It’s also very important to the cafe. “We’ve been living [in Glebe] for seven or eight years and love it, but getting a decent coffee was just too hard. So we thought we needed something up [this end of Glebe Point Road],” says co-owner Cat Isola.
Lankan Filling Station’s toasted godamba roti
This inner-east Sri Lankan joint only recently introduced brunch to its repertoire, and it’s started with a bang. The roti is lightly charred, flaky and buttery, folded over melted cheddar cheese, green chilli, red onion and curry leaves. To make it extra-luxe, add bacon or mozzarella. As Broadsheet Sydney editor Sarah Norris writes in our “I Can’t Stop Thinking About” series, there’s no other brunch dish like it in the city.
Industry Beans’s cinnamon-dusted brioche
This good-looking CBD cafe is all about coffee – single origin roasts and blends, bubble cups and iced coffees. It even makes it into the food – chef Kristy Wood dabbles in a little molecular gastronomy to incorporate coffee into some dishes – nowhere more successfully than the cinnamon-dusted brioche. It’s served with tonka bean ice-cream, maple-roasted peanuts, blackberry coulis, raspberry dust and coffee caviar. Sure, it’s pretty. But it tastes darn good, too.
Barrel One Coffee Roasters’s pastrami sandwich
There’s a hulking 120 grams of pastrami in this mother of a sandwich. The meat, which melts in your mouth, is locally smoked (at Pastrami Kings, which operates out of The Nook in nearby Manly), and rounded out with a solid serving of pickles, dill and two types of mustard. This Brookvale cafe on Sydney’s northern beaches isn’t new, but it’s just introduced a new menu inspired by New York deli food. A close second is the grilled-cheese sandwich, made in collaboration with Melbourne’s Maker & Monger. Renowned cheesemonger Anthony Femia runs a food cart in Prahran Market where he serves luxurious melts, and this is the only other venue where you can get his American-style grilled cheese sandwiches.
If you’re looking for more breakfast inspiration, check out Broadsheet’s best cafe guide.