Breakfast..perhaps my favourite meal. Nah, scratch that, I like too many things to have one favourite, but I do quite enjoy it. I also enjoy catching up with Cakes & Chops, my very expectant parent friends who live far away in the suburbs. Breakfast is always a good option for us, as it means they can come in early, enjoy my company and then have enough time to go and do other things they need in the city. Cakes and I also almost share a birthday, hers next Friday and mine next Saturday. So, in combination with the expectedeness and our birthdays we decide to have birthday breaky!
I’ve heard a lot of great things about Strangers With Candy and had made a point of walking by on my way to Danks St, to check it out. A gorgeous little converted corner terrace, it sits at the end of Kepos St in Redfern looking at the ugly little service station across the road. That aside, I love the location, for it’s out of the way-ness and it’s proximity to the lovely foodie heaven, Danks St.
We grabbed a table outside as it was such a gorgeous day, so I didn’t actually go inside at all, so can’t comment on interiors, or the courtyard that I think they have out the back. What I can say, however, is that I was very impressed with the service. Very un-Sydney. No attitude, prompt and efficient. The only slip up being a missing juice…
The menu is very straightforward, the usual bacon and eggs, as well as a range of breaky bruschetta and toast and museli and fruit.
I opt for the breaky bruschetta with San Marino prosciutto and beetroot relish:
What I initially think of as cream cheese with chives, I realise (however slowly) is yummy goats cheese!
Chops goes for Bacon & Eggs with Turkish toast:
Cakes settles on the avocado and tomato salsa bruschetta:
All our breakys are hoovered up pretty fast, as we were all starving! One of the things I was most excited about was the sugar choices. I’m not a fan of artificial sweeteners as they all taste like chemicals to me, except for one, smart sugar, which is a combination of sugar and sweetener so as to retain flavour. Strangers with Candy use it! Yay! Other cafes don’t as it’s more expensive than equal etc..
On the coffee front, they were again very good. Great, even. Cakes commented that decaf is usually an afterthought at most cafes and not made with very much care, and subsequently crap, but their’s was good.
We then wandered over to Danks Street to check out Vicino, and the new Jones the Grocer, as well as Whole Foods House…I bought some Rosewater from Jones the Grocer and did some fruit and veg shopping at Fratelli…any suggestions for the use of Rosewater will be gratefully accepted..
Strangers With Candy
96 Kepos Street (Cnr Phillip St)
02 9698 6000