You can dine inside (though at the times we went, this is where the people with children were) or at their pastel chaired outdoor tables fronting onto two quiet tree-lined suburban streets. The coffee (Belaroma) is very good - here are our Flat White ($3.20) and Latte ($3.20) complete with coffee-art.
They have even more imaginative ways of quenching your thirst too - I liked the Pear, Maple Syrup and Cinnamon Smoothie ($6.50) but since it was hot, I was most excited by the refreshing Ruby Grapefruit, Mango and Kaffir Lime Frappe ($6.50).
To eat I enjoyed very much the House cured Salmon served with Scrambled Eggs and Bowen Island Sourdough ($15.00) which (as suggested by the owner and host Ian Meggitt) I had with a side of avocado ($2.50). I was also pleased to see Bowen Island products - I go to their store in Drummoyne specifically for their Monterey Jack Cheese Muffins - they are the best cheese muffins ever.
An impressively adult side of Black Pudding ($3.00) jazzes up the already outstanding produce on the Big Breakfast ($18.00) – which includes wonderful bacon; better than average baked beans; and an inventive Indian Tomato Relish.
Hopscotch has a tyke-friendly attitude complete with colourful lettering outlining their specials on a magnetic board, and a kids menu that they’re bound to enjoy with options like Spaceman Eggs ($6.50). You can’t half tell that the amiable owner has a child of his own!
On a subsequent visit I enjoyed a Leg Ham and Gruyere Cheese Omelette ($14) and my companion tried a wonderful toasted sandwich of Gail's Meatloaf with Egg, Cornichons, Caramelised Onion, Oven Roasted Tomatoes and Cheese. Unfortunately as I write this, the business has sold (the poor owners were trying to run this and Blancmange at the same time as raising a child) so I am not sure if the quality I experienced will continue... but here's hoping!
61 Annandale Street, Annandale
Ph: (02) 9560 2698