December 3rd, 2007

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Review - Hopscotch

It's funny, when it comes to restaurants I can recite a list of favourites without pause, but cafes are more difficult. I seem to have cafes that are favourites for a short time, but then I get over them. However I suspect Hopscotch is a bit different - not only do I love the food, I also love the quaint suburban corner store styling, and where it is.

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
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