Two Sis and Co Cafe, Pyrmont

I always love that anticipation when you walk past a construction site, and after taking a peek, you realise it’s a commercial spot for a future restaurant or cafe. And then you find out that it finally opened, and discover it’s a quaint cafe with so much potential. You schedule in your first visit. You take a seat, marvel at the cute and crazy 60’s wallpaper that reminds you of the Beverley Hills Hotel, pick up the beautiful gold cutlery, and order your coffee. You take a look at the menu, one side for breakfast served all day, the other for lunch (from 11am onwards). You look at your watch. It’s 1pm, so definitely lunch (although I have no issues over having bacon and eggs at midday).

Two Sis Pyrmont is the sort of place you expect to find lots of millenials who are crazed-up about their Instagram feeds, and you do find them there. I can’t blame them. The place is cozy, pleasantly designed, and with lots of good lighting for that money shot. But what keeps me coming back is the food and the service. Mem, one half of the 2 sisters, serves the best coffee and cake made in house, and the food is not only presented beautifully, but tastes amazing too. The Asian influence seeps through the dishes, and you only have to look at the menu to spot some classic comfort food: Quinoa Goreng, Ramen Bowl with tonkotsu broth, and the Poached Salmon Bowl with salad and an amazing Ikura & Wasabi Vinaigrette dressing. We returned the following week for the breakfast menu, and the humble bacon and egg roll did not disappoint.

I’m ecstatic that a new cafe opened just minutes from my front door, and one that serves great food and gives amazing service. This one is definitely for keeps.

Cheese Burger with maple bacon, American cheese, served with sweet potato wedges
Ramen Bowl with tonkotsu broth, 63C egg, bacon dashi, ginger, bamboo and nori
Poached salmon bowl, boiled egg, broccolini, kale, wakame, edamame, sesame, avocado, ikura and wasabi vinaigrette
Freshly squeezed juices – this one is apple, ginger, celery, lemon

Two Sis and Co Cafe
306 Harris St Pyrmont
Open Monday to Saturday 7am – 5pm and Sunday 7.30am – 5pm

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Wolfe & Co, Dural, NSW

First official day of winter 2016, and it’s everything it promised it to be: cold, cloudy, drizzly 1st of June. I’m stuck at home with flu, feeling sooky and sorry for myself and often drifting off to Codral-land. It makes me think back to when we went to the ‘burbs in summer, when it was warm and balmy, with Mr J eagerly visiting his beloved bike stores, and me? Expect me to hunt the best cafe around town, with alfresco dining earning bonus points.

In comes Wolfe & Co – a lovely, bustling cafe in a quiet corner in the Hills District. Wolfe & Co prides itself in using and sourcing local produce, including some local Hawkesbury suppliers. The coffee is Five Senses, and the sauces, preserves, jams, granola and muesli are all housemade. Yes, there is life beyond the Inner West and Inner city areas of Sydney, people! Yes, this is a pretty good find in suburbia (a pretty popular stop for cyclists too!). Do they make good coffee? Yes. Is the food nice? Oh yes. Is the service good? You bet. Unfortunately, they ran out of their infamous Creme Brulee French Toast when we arrived, however it could only mean one thing: another visit is a must to try them out next time!

Flat white is a must!
Buttermilk chicken burger with red cabbage and apple slaw and jalapeno coriander mayo on a milk bun. Shoestring fries as sides is always a good thing
Smoked trout salad with radicchio, mint, baby cos, radish and candied walnuts and with salsa verde dressing. This must be a seasonal item as it’s not on the autumn/winter menu anymore.
Five senses coffee

Wolfe & Co
538 Old Northern Road, Dural, NSW
Open Monday to Friday from 6am-4pm; Saturday from 7am-3pm; Sunday from 8am-3pm

 

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Di Bella Coffee at Baffi & Mo, Redfern

Winter, Spring, Summer… Autumn! It was as if overnight, the seasons changed from balmy 24 degree nights to chilly, crispy 16 degree mornings. It’s a big goodbye to summer of ’15 and hello to autumn. I can’t really complain: I’m an autumn kind of person. I do like my beach trips and warm, breezy afternoons, but I’m also a fan of staying under the doona, cozying up by the fire with a glass of vino, and that much loved weekend brunch of good old bacon and eggs and coffee.

Speaking of which, last Sunday, I patted myself on the back for a well planned day: church, brunch, grocery shopping, and back at home before it started pouring rain the afternoon. The morning was glorious though – you know, the kind where the wind has a cold bite to it, and nothing can start the day right than a warm hug of a cup of coffee? Thanks to Di Bella Coffee, after feeding our souls at church, we fed our hungry stomachs with glorious coffee and brunch fair. Di Bella Coffee roastery is home grown and started in Brisbane in 2002, and uses the crop to cup practice where they support farmers and communities to ensure sustainability and quality is maintained.

Thanks to Di Bella coffee for the generous invitation to try their coffee at Baffi & Mo. Trish and Mr J dined as a guest of Di Bella coffee.

Mr J usually starts his day with a piccolo and I the humble flat white. No other place (in my opinion) does coffee like Australia, and Baffi & Mo doesn’t disappoint. It’s your good, old, Inner West cafe that serves excellent food and perfect coffee. No fuss and no frills – exactly my kind of Sunday setting.

The potato hash stack with smoked ham, coleslaw, poached egg and asparagus

The potato hash stack is my go-to brunch fair here at Baffi. It’s like you’re getting a super crunchy hash brown, topped with ham, a punchy slaw, soft egg and asparagus. Brunch in a plate!

Eggs benedict with smoked ham on an English muffin
Piccolo latte (using Di Bella beans)

Baffi & Mo is an institution in Redfern, and their coffees are consistently good. You know, the type of coffee that you drink because you just really, really like coffee. This piccolo is just right – smooth, has depth and just the right amount of milk & foam – kudos to good beans, good milk, and a good barista.

Flat white (using Di Bella beans)

I’m claiming flat whites is as Australian as you can possibly get – and I’ve tasted flat whites overseas and they are usually total, utter failures. I love my flat white, and I know when one is either proper or a total dud. This is a quality flat white – smooth (again) and rich.

Look for your cafe with Di Bella Coffee here.

Baffi & Mo
94 Redfern St, Redfern NSW 2016
Open Monday – Sunday 8am – 3pm

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