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