Parramatta has a sleek new breakfast and lunch spot from the team behind local pan-Asian restaurant Lilymu and its Surry Hills siblings, Middle Eastern restaurant Nour, Lebanese charcoal-chicken joint Henrietta, and Cuckoo Callay in Surry Hills and Newtown. The latest addition to the family is The Lobbyist – which, as its name suggests, is a lobby cafe, in the new Parramatta Square precinct. It’s targeted at a corporate crowd, but is aiming to challenge perceptions of what a lobby cafe can be.

Owner Ibby Moubadder tells Broadsheet: “across our group there is always a focus on being the best. We take simple things, elevate them to make them the best that they can be and are always looking to raise the bar. We understand what the perception of a lobby-style cafe can be and with our touch we make it something special.”

The striking space has soaring 10-metre-high ceilings and polished interiors designed by Surry Hills studio, Giant. The interior design practice also worked on Lilymu and Cuckoo Callay, and many of the same design principles are visible throughout the new Parramatta Square location. Clean lines and industrial materials are combined with minimalist furniture and finishes, and strip lighting illuminates the bar.

British-born head chef Ollie Hughes – also executive chef at Cuckoo Callay – brings his international experience to the colourful Southeast Asian-inspired menu.

Signature dishes include a mango lassi, and a chia and oat Bircher muesli given an Asian flair with coconut and makrut lime sorbet, fresh fruit, and ginger and almond buckwheat crumble. Hughes gives classic breakfast dishes a twist: the avo on toast is served with za'atar olives, basil pesto, smoked labneh, pickled greens, tomato, mint and fennel, and the bacon and egg roll has capsicum relish, sriracha mayo and spinach on top. Specialty coffee is from Reformatory Caffeine Lab, tea is by Tea Craft and there’s an array of fresh juices and smoothies.

For lunch, choose from a selection of vivid bowls filled with veggies and your choice of protein, or a long list of sandwiches. For those boozy business lunches, there’s classic cocktails, wines and beer.

“There is nothing else like The Lobbyist in Parramatta,” says Moubadder. “Our coffee and food offering is relatable but unique, and everything has been tested to perfection – there has been no compromise on anything,” he says.

The Lobbyist
T3.05 Parramatta Square, 153 Macquarie Street, Parramatta

Mon to Fri 7.30am–3.30pm