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Review - The Coffee Bean


New owners and a fresh lick of paint have revitalised this neighbourhood space in the busy Rozelle shopping strip, just a hop, skip and a jump from the weekend arts and crafts market.

In the kitchen Cissy Azar’s modernised menu shows influence from her time at Simmone Logue’s in Balmain. High quality soft wraps make her massive Breakfast Wrap ($13.50), filled with bacon, moist scrambled eggs, haloumi, rocket and onion jam, a winner.

A Zucchini Fritter Stack ($15) (pictured here with optional bacon $3 extra) is also tasty, mostly due to the house-made tomato relish.

All day breakfast makes night owls like me very happy - and in my book it’s always the right time for Vanilla French Toast ($13.50) with fresh strawberries, bananas, cream and your own mini bottle of maple syrup to drown at whim.

A healthier option from the daily lunch specials was the pleasant Lamb Backstrap ($18) with a light herb and macadamia crust, and hand-cut oven baked chips.

Over the course of two visits, I tried the Belaroma Coffee in a well made Latte ($3) and a robust Iced Coffee ($4.50). The robustness was my fault for skipping the cream in favour of only ice-cream, so be a devil and have them both!

I liked the framed film and gig posters decorating the walls, they make a nice point of interest for a solo diner to examine while they wait for their meal. I loved that the cafe has a word and city of the day - on my first visit, these were "entropy" and "Laolao" respectively. On my second visit, my companion gave them a word for a future day: anarcho-syndicalist. They were delighted.

The Coffee Bean
612 Darling Street, Rozelle
Ph: (02) 9818 1607

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( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 13th, 2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Okay, so the breakfast wrap looks like a worthy go. I'd also try the Zucchini stack minus the bacon (blerk to bloody bacon on everything!), and definitely the Vanilla French Toast (Maybe you could get the bacon as an optional extra for that? LOL) ... Now, as for this lamb backstrap - is backstrap the good part of the animal? The tender part? Cos, if so - that sounds absolutely mouthwateringly good.

Was the COFFEE any good - as in, the actual coffee, under all the extra optionals, was the COFFEE any good? Just wondering.

The pics on the wall seem a bit out of sync with the name of the place - like it's not exactly a diner from the 70s or a movie-themed name, but hey - if the pics aren't offensive to the decor, go with it. It's like that little place on the corner of Erskineville Road and Wilson Street in Newtown, been several names - last time I went it was called Varga Bar ... I loved their art - classy ladies drawn on the walls.

And Cinque, on King St always had local artists' work on display - I bought several pieces of art straight off the wall of that place when I was loaded with cash. It can really make the difference to a conversation and a meal, in my opinion.

Mmm, I want Vanilla nom noms now, despite having awful artificial chicken 2min noodle flavour in my mouth, nostrils and floating in my bedroom *GAG* Gimme Vanilla noms!

Oct. 26th, 2009 08:18 am (UTC)
I liked the Belaroma Coffee, but it didn't unseat my current favourite, Allpress. I have an invitation to go to their coffee house and see it made by a champion Barista, so if time permits I will.
Oct. 15th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
everything here looks great im penning it into my diary for sunday morning :)
Oct. 15th, 2009 11:43 am (UTC)
Yum! :)
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