Bootsdarling is the cafe that has very recently swung open its doors towards the leafy end of South Dowling Street in Darlinghurst. This refurbished corner spot is surprisingly well styled to Sydney’s more humid summer weather – recycled timber cladding, hanging ferns and a towering succulent centerpiece, along with saloon doors and a set of well-placed, vintage-looking fans to keep the space cool, all jumble together nicely to create a relaxed, almost tropical feel.
“Bootsdarling was a childhood imaginary friend of one of our mates,” says part-owner Justin Iddles of the cafe’s namesake. He and business partner Dano Clucas have sourced coffee from Melbourne independent roaster Joshua Bailey of Bailey Coffee and the cafe is currently using two blends – Thursdays Child and Milky Bar Bandido. Bootsdarling also has some single origins on hand – a Kenyan AA currently features which Iddles claims is “turning customers to regulars and regulars to addicts.” On warmer days however, the house-made rose-coloured hibiscus and lemon myrtle iced tea is perfectly subtle and sublimely refreshing.
Bootsdarling’s menu will also have you coming back for more. Iddles says the zucchini, corn and ricotta fritters with smokey bacon and the smoked-haddock omelette have been most popular thus far. There are also Boots baked eggs, a specialty bircher muesli or smoked salmon with smashed peas. Iddles adds simply, “We hope that the beauty and taste of each dish reflects the energy spent crafting every element from within our kitchen.”