On a bright and welcoming corner of Illawarra Road, customers can enjoy a delicious and varied Asian-inspired menu, premium coffee and buy some of Sydney's finest ingredients.
LABLD. Café and Grocer is run by Kabir Sayed (former head chef of Dove & Olive) and Benjamin Terkalas (of Beejays, now closedand the Tuckshop on Livingstone Road). The diverse menu is inspired by Sayed’s travels.
There’s the Birds Nest (poached eggs wrapped in potato spaghetti, avocado puree, fried leek, snow pea tendrils and sil-gochu, a Korean shredded red pepper); sweet pandan pancakes (caramelised banana and honeycomb cream with meringue and cherry); and fragrant house-made momos (Himilayan-style dumplings). The Breakfast Momo variation is filled with wine-infused bacon, egg, tomato and shallots.
You will find daily essentials at the grocer, too, including ethical meats from Feather and Bone, baked goods from Brickfields, Pepe Saya butter, Rainy Lane cold-pressed juice and a range of Drunken Sailor jams and relishes. “Keeping it simple and using local produce is what we’re all about,” says Sayed, “and whatever is used for the menu we have on the shelf for purchase. It gives people access to these wonderful ingredients without having to travel far.”
The house uses Mecca coffee alongside regularly rotating guest beans for filter and black coffees. On tap there is kombucha and a nitro brew – a bubbling cold coffee infused with nitrogen.
Designed by Phoebe Morrison, the space (previously a corner store) has been refreshed with simple and pared-back design elements such as marble tiles. “As soon as we found this spot we new it was perfect for our vision,” Terkalas says. “We have had great feedback from the locals and the neighbour cafes so far. This part of Marrickville is amazing.”