In case you didn’t know, the (new) name of this tucked-away café, is a literary reference to a nonsense word used in The Owl & The Pussycat. Edward Lear’s characters consume mince (and quince), using a runcible spoon, which pretty much equates to a splayd (big in the seventies).
Add this obscure culinary reference to rustic house-made Fruit Loaf ($6), a scattering of cookbooks like Neil Perry’s Rockpool, and decent pepper on the tables; and you’re in a little café with big ambitions. Thankfully they’re realized in the generously spiced Spanish Eggs with Harissa and Woodfire Toast ($14.50)...
...and the first really successful Breakfast Torte ($16.50) I’ve ever had, aided by house-made tomato relish, and organic Berrima Ridge eggs.
There are even credible vegetarian options like fat Baked Pumpkin Gnocchi ($14.50) and...
...colourful Soft Tacos with Black-Eyed Beans, Corn, Jalapenos, Avocado and Tomato Salsa ($15.00).
Even the carrot cake is a sight to behold; and don’t get me started about the Hazelnut, Peanut and Caramel Japonaise ($7.50). Add whimsical Perry & Son wallpaper, and a Flat White ($3.50) of my favourite (Golden Cobra) beans; and I’m already planning to return for French Toast with Caramelised Apple & Cinnamon Anglaise ($15.00).
Hopefully it stays long enough on the ever-changing menu.
27 Barr Street, Camperdown
Ph: (02) 9519 2727