There’s irony in the name Everyday Espresso. Called that you’d expect everyday food options – such as chicken-avocado sandwiches and, says, a big breakfast. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The eight-item menu – designed by serial chef-consultant and ex Tomislav head chef Tomislav Martinovic (ex Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck) – doesn’t have a single "traditional" cafe dish on it.
Regular poached eggs Benedict are topped with a yuzu hollandaise, then stuffed into a croissant along with several hunks of buttermilk fried chicken and crisp bacon. “It was the first thing we tested here. I was like, ‘What the fuck is going on here?’ I never knew fried chicken went so well with hollandaise; I don't get surprised that often,” says Martinovic.
His version of an omelette comes with a side of soba noodles and enoki mushrooms with a light soy dressing. “We don’t really see the point of putting out an omelette with leg ham.”
Probably the most standard options are a cheese-laden mushroom truffle toasty and an “almost paleo green bowl” with raw kale, edamame beans, almonds and a mustard dressing. There are also takeaway sandwiches, salad bowls and a range of house-made cakes. “Justin [Stevenson] and I went back and forth for months on whether to go down the super-health-food scenario or just [serve] super dirty dishes such as roast chicken, a bit of burgers, sambos. In the end we decided to have a balance,” says Martinovic.
Stevenson (Coop & Cart) is the coffee man and owner here. Every milky brew comes with beans from Pablo and Rusty. There’s a rotating guest of roasters for the filter coffee.
The cafe is compact with two long benches, a few stools and an outdoor table. Because it’s on the corner of a pedestrian street (the windy one just near Redfern station), it looks larger than it is. The timber and copper driven Dreampods Group fit-out helps. “We were trying to be a bit more minimal and clean cut than what’s around here,” says Stevenson.