Congratulations to Brickfields, 2013 SMH Good Cafe Guide Best Small Cafe!
On the way to the city one Sunday morning, a small crowd caught my eye outside a tiny bakery and we decided to spontaneously make a stop. The cafe was Brickfields (206 Cleveland St, Chippendale) which in fact is a half a bakery by Luxe head baker, supplying bread to the likes of Cornersmith and half espresso bar by Mecca Espresso – with a collaboration like that you know it’s going to be great.
Though Brickfields appears to be in a very small space, they definitely make great use of it, making the cafe feel open and airy with hanging plants, large windows and a peek into the working bakery behind the counters. Even smarter use of the space are the industrial looking swivel stools which can be hidden under the counters. There are several large tables outside however, luckily for us it wasn’t too busy this particular morning and we grabbed a couple of counter seats by the large sacks of flour and grains.
You would expect great coffee by Mecca Espresso and Brickfields did not disappoint, the coffee was smooth and one of the creamiest I’ve had. Just a note ladies, they don’t offer skim milk, but they do have Bon Soy! They also serve carafes of homemade mint sodas and lemon sodas which most tables were enjoying. Bill likes to judge eateries based on how well their bacon roll is, and he didn’t have any complaints, bacon, lettuce, mayo sandwiched between a freshly baked roll. I opted for the Breakfast Plate which was as satisfying as it sounds, a piece of sourdough toast beneath layers of fried eggplant, tahini, a halved boiled egg perched on top with zhoug (a green paste made with spices and coriander) served with a wedge of lemon. The entire dish as a whole was so delicious from the zhoug to the zing of the lemon, I forsee many breakfast stopovers here just for the Breakfast Plate.
Brickfields is located on Cleveland Street but it’s best to find parking around Balfour Street. The menu is quite limited but you won’t be disappointed by their freshly baked goods and if you don’t happen to grab a table just sit by the wooden planters under the trees with a take away croissant and coffee.
I've been back for less than three weeks from my recent spring holiday in Japan but I'm already aching to go back already. We spent a bit of time wandering around the suburbs that my mum lived in when she was a child – Nishiogikubo – laneways lined with old ramen resaturants, cosy cafes, quirky little shops.
In the afternoon we stopped at a tiny door of a tiny cafe. Inside it was cosy and charming, jazz music played and postcards laid out on the counter. The friendly and chatty barista brought us blankets to warm up our laps as we perused their handwritten menus with polaroid photos of the menu. A cup of hot alcohol Irish coffee warmed my uncle right through to his bones while I had a cup of mild coffee. A plate of light and moist apple cake with a dollop of fresh cream and a baked American cheesecake – a perfect way to end the afternoon.
Though the neighbourhood has changed so much since my mum was 7…it was really nice to wander through the streets listening to her and my uncles stories of their past 🙂
One day a silly boy made a silly bet and was left $50 poorer. That boy is Bill.
While overseas we had missed our friends opening of Pappa Roti (which also meant we missed out on a free 2nd bun with any purchase), so I nagged Bill to take me to eat their signature buns – here is when Bill told me there’s more than just ONE bun… so we made a bet and I won XD
Pappa Roti (Railway Parade, Kogarah) is the first outlet in Australia (and not the last outlet) and thank god it’s so close because their buns are really tasty. We skipped over there one lazy Saturday afternoon ordered a Cappuccino and watched them carefully pipe coffee cream onto the buns while Bill chatted away with Simon from Pappa Roti. It was about 10mins later sweet coffee aroma started to waft around the room and we received our freshly baked buns straight out of the oven – and it was like eating a cloud!! The bun was oh so fluffy and sweet… but the best bit was when you get to the middle there’s a cube of melted butter!! I love butter – you know that bit in Bride Wars where she joins the Butter club and eats sticks of butter from around the world – that would be me.
I was in heaven the bun was perfectly sweet and salty and crispy. It’s definitely better freshly baked, but it doesn’t hurt to buy some extra and heat them up in the oven later! I had another one for breakfast…
(Even though we missed the opening special deal, I actually ended up receiving a free buns – because when you buy 9 you get the 10th free muaha)
Afternoon pick me up
Piping away and for all pedestrians to see
This guy still owes me…
… and this guy was not impressed
Pappa Roti Signature Buns – fresh out of the oven and seriously tasty!!
Crispy golden brown buns on the outside while light and fluffy in the inside. The fragrant coffee-cream-coated bun with its buttery filling is best eaten piping hot and freshly baked!