In the genteel surrounds of a quiet Annandale back street overlooking a peaceful, sunny vista, Rod Jones has opened the hip, local cafe of my dreams. The old general store is charmingly refitted. Rod’s poured his heart, soul (and considerable collection of antiques) into the newly-vibrant neighbourhood space, and it’s a fitting successor to his earlier (ever-popular) Cafe Niki in Surry Hills.
Young Head Chef Rebecca Chippington earned her place in the kitchen by winning a muffin bake-off. I hang my head in shame as I confess to skipping her baked goods in favour of Rod’s Mum’s Choccy Melting Moment ($3.50) - absolutely sublime.
I did check out Rebecca’s superb, gently cooked ‘six day old’ Scrambled Eggs with Avocado, Slow-Roasted Tomato and Fetta Salsa ($12); and her lean and lovely Ultimate Cheeseburger with Dijonaise Potato Salad ($14).
An unlikely winner for me was the House-Made Granola ($9.50) with seasonal fruit, an orange reduction and awesome Evia gelatine-free yoghurt.
Lubricate your smile with well-made Morgan’s Coffee ($3.20),
spot-on hand-squeezed Juices ($3) or their own house-blended teas.
Carnival ($4) with papaya and coconut is my favourite.
I returned (with a modicum of embarrassment) the very next day for more yoghurt with rustic Ricotta Hotcakes and Berry Compote ($10.50).
Over the course of my visits I may have also tried a tasting portion of their Asian-Style Pork Salad ($14.50)...
...and eaten half of one of Bec's Awesome Ham Cheese Tomato Pan Toastie ($10). It really was awesome; and so is the produce they use. I feel the need to become a regular.
291 Annandale Street, Annandale
Ph: (02) 9555 4727