All posts tagged: Hipster

Roberta’s / East Williamsburg

Roberta’s is the hipster Italian joint you never knew you needed. It’s smokey, noisy and invariably packed but all kinds of wonderful. You’ll find it hiding away in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn. You enter past the pizza oven with wood smoke permeating the whole space to prepare you for the pizza to come. Roberta’s is dark and noisy, with load beats and plenty of chatter from the diners. The service is good, a balance between fawning over service and too cool disinterest you’ll often find when dining in hipster New York venues. The menu, like the atmosphere is interesting, with the focus of course being on the pizza. We started our dinner with the meat plate, followed by the Little Stinker pizza. The meat was fantastic but the bread is scorched fresh in the woodfired pizza oven and really stole the show with it’s smoky flavour. Roberta’s pizza absolutely delivered on its promise, a garlic and cheese overload with no meat required. I’m sure this stinker followed me for days but I would do it all …

Uncle Joe’s Mess Hall

We’ve had a mixed history with Uncle Joes Mess Hall. Mostly because we tried to visit soon after it opened and were faced with closed doors. This time however it was definitely open and we finally got to taste their much heralded breakfasts in the CBD crowd. Uncle Joes also doubles as a barber shop, and it was no surprise that you’ll see plenty of hipster haircuts drifting from the barber shop into the cafe. There’s also the corporate crowd, bringing wide eyed co-workers to the wondrous place, and picking up coffees for the entire office. Uncle Joes has a far reaching reputation for their brew in the CBD. The atmosphere is a bit quirky, but still comfortable with plenty of tables scattered around the large cafe with a view to the sweeping counter to the side. Our lattes met our expectations. It was undeniably specialty coffee, with interesting flavour and a nice creaminess. The menu at Uncle Joes Mess Hall is quite American, and there’s some diner style favourites and unusual flavours to chose …

Mary Street Bakery Revisit

Yeah yeah, been there, done that right? Well in the case of Mary Street bakery, somewhere with a constantly updated menu and a stream of delicious pastries, a revisit is always necessary! Once again we were impressed by the vintage, predominately wooden decor and relaxed atmosphere of the venue. We were given menus and had our coffee orders taken promptly, though as we arrived on opening time it took a while to get our drinks. The coffee was fantastic, creamy and the perfect temperature from when it arrived at our table. The flavour was beautiful, strong without being bitter. Our second coffees were just as impressive, a real testament to the consistency of the baristas here. We ordered both a savoury and a sweeter dish to sample, the granola and the pig in a blanket. Our sweet dish this time was a gluten free granola, with coconut milk and mango. Now this is our kind of granola, extra crunchy, with lots of interesting textures throughout. The coconut milk added an extra flavour dimension to the …

Sustainable noms @ The Greenhouse

The Greenhouse is either one if those places you want to go to, or you don’t. It’s building sticks out like a sore thumb on St George’s terrace, covered in potted strawberry plants and with very bright umbrellas out the front. It’s bold presence is what makes it appealing to some but not others, I happen to be one of those people who absolutely love the place! Inside, the restaurant is decked out in recycled material with quirky artwork, but we chose to sit in the courtyard at the front on chairs made from roadwork signs (yup really!) while we were given water from a watering can. The food here has a reputation for being just as innovative and down right interesting as the decor, and this is certainly not the first, and nor will it be the last time we enjoy one of their breakfasts. Before  we get to that though we started with a couple of coffees. The coffee was smooth, mellow and creamy, where some coffees get their flavour from brash strength, …

Daily Planet Revisit (socially acceptable breakfast eating time)

So last time we went to the Daily Planet we took advantage of their all day breakfast menu. Well okay, I took advantage of it and my dining partner got some appropriate late lunch food. I can’t help liking breakfast food okay? So it seemed appropriate to head back for a proper breakfast with all the trimmings. Last time while we enjoyed our visit, the service wasn’t great and the good food didn’t quite balance it out. We were expecting something yummy, but nothing fantastic. The decor remains arty, retro and a little edgy, we chose the same seats as our last visit because we enjoyed it so much. Especially overlooking this guy – The service had really improved, the woman who served us was friendly, gave us menus and took our drink order, arriving moments after with water for our table. Our lattes and smoothie followed fairly promptly after. The coffee was good, there could have been a tad more foam but it wasn’t bitter or too hot. A great improvement on the sour …

Off the beaten track – Fez Mount Lawley

When you’re next on Beaufort street, take a moment to look beyond the usual cafe strip and give Fez a go, you can find it by going to the intersection of Beaufort and Walcott streets, and walking just past Fresh Provisions. We had wanted to check it out for some time, but always got overcome by the usual suspects, The Daily Planet, Solomon’s, Mary Street Bakery and Cantina 663. We were so glad we gave it a shot as it exceeded all our expectations of the food. Fez has no single style of cuisine, though has the feel of a more middle Eastern inspired cafe, and is filled with an eclectic mix of furnishings and artwork. The cafe is spacious with room for large groups or more intimate meals. The staff were friendly and promptly supplied us with menus, water and took our coffee order while we perused. Our coffees arrived in a timely manner, and were the same Dark Horse, Five senses blend we had sampled at Foam Leederville. The coffee’s were both too hot, …

Toastface Grillah

The humble toasted sandwich has always been a staple in my household. It was one of those things you could make with whatever happened to be in the fridge over the weekend, or something to make that was valuable procrastination when exams were coming up. Being not the most original in recipe, and usually having little else in the way of ingredients, these sandwiches were generally cheddar and ham. Oh boy have I been missing out! There is so much more to a toasted sandwich then ham and cheese and I will be forever grateful to Toastface for helping me realize the true potential of the toasted sandwich. Toastface Grillah is located down Grand Theatre Lane off the Murray street mall, and can be entered before the cafe and after the DFO beyond the arcade where Woolworths is located. Essentially go through the lane way and keep walking until you can smell the delicious cheese and toast. This will be past all the beautiful street art, and the less arty and more derelict section of …

Cantina 663

Cantina 663 is a European Cafe in Mount Lawley, located on Beaufort street near the Astor theatre and the old Planet Video corner. It serves a mix of organic, in season and local produce and the menu changes on a regular basis. We went for a savoury and sweet option, as well as coffees and some banana bread to share. The coffee arrived quickly and was smooth and tasty, no bitterness just lots of flavour. Though the level of foam was a little low for a latte, the overall coffee experience was overwhelmingly positive. The banana bread came with maple butter and nice and toasty. There was a crispness to the outside with a moist inside. Combined with the melting maple butter it was divine. They were such thick slices too and very filling. As I can’t resist Cantina hotcakes I tried the strawberry, hazelnut and ricotta hotcakes. They were beautiful, light and fluffy and soaked in strawberry sauce with poached strawberries, hazelnuts, and a hazelnut puree. The flavours were divine, the sweetness was balanced …