Walking around the quieter side of Parramatta station, it would be hard to miss Circa Espresso. This hole in the wall cafe is situated in a little gap between two residential buildings. A splash of colour from a graffiti-ed wall and patrons sitting on wooden stools and upturned milk crates tell you that there is something hip and happening going on in that little laneway, and that would be Circa’s fantastic food and coffee.
We’ve venturedout to Suze’s hood today for a taste of Circa’s breakfast menu. My first experience of Circa was an impressive cup of takeaway coffee and so I’m glad to be heading back to try more of their menu. I start with an iced coffee – not a sugary, cream-topped version but a real iced coffee made purely from coffee and ice.
As much as I love the Crave Sydney International Food Festival month, uni work tends to always get in the way of me going to all the events I want to. Last year it was my thesis, and this year I was inundated with assignments because the lecturers thought it would be fun for us to have them all due in the same week. I was glad to have the final week of Crave to go to the events that I wanted to and Sir D and I decide to head out to a nice brunch at Hyde Park Barracks Cafe one weekend.
Brunch is a three-course affair here, priced at $25pp and served with English Breakfast tea or filtered coffee. We start with some granola with yoghurt, berry compote and poached pear. The granola is crunchy and I love finding big chunks of granola stuck together. It’s a little dry and could have done with a bit more yoghurt but it’s a good start to the meal and the poached pear provides a nice sweetness to the dish.
One of the things I loved most about Melbourne was that there was no shortage of excellent cafes to go to for breakfast. I’ve already told you about the 65/65 egg and the madeleines at Cumulus Inc., as well as the eggs and soldiers and fried brioche at The Hardware Société, but today it’s time to talk bacon and eggs, french toast, and crepes for brekky.
On one of the mornings we head down to Degraves St which is a laneway of cafes near Flinders St Station. It’s packed out on a Sunday morning but we stand and wait a while outside Degraves Espresso Bar and soon we’re shown to a table inside and our much needed coffee orders are taken.
Sir D decides to go for classic bacon and eggs this morning, with scrambled eggs on toast plus a side of bacon. The eggs are creamy and well-seasoned and the bacon was awesome as usual (how can bacon not be awesome?)