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Review - The Counter

What’s this? “Tables” constructed from pallets and other repurposed materials; potted succulents; drop-shadowed retro font work; a blackboard promising cold-drip coffee; and an all-girl team wearing sensible aprons?

Yes, a small piece of hipster Surry Hills has sprung up in downtown Petersham, just ‘round the corner from Little Portugal (and on a street with free parking, no less)!

The Cold Drip ($4) made on Coffee Alchemy (from Marrickville) is quite good: fruity, and perfect for a warm day.

However if you find yourself sitting in a wind tunnel (as I did), consume yours in a Latte ($3.50) with their signature Beetroot Brownie ($4.50).

Owner Mariella Traina (who you might remember from Balmain's True Religion Espresso) has come up with a menu that peppers the usual all-day breakfast options with some excitement. Smashed Avocado ($15) and Tasmanian Smoked Salmon ($17) are both dressed up with 63 degree poached eggs.

(These are the ones UK celebrity chef Heston Blumenthal calls “the perfect egg”.)

On the sweeter side there are fluffy Hotcakes ($12), served in triplicate with rhubarb compote, mascarpone and crunchy pistachio praline; plus a counter of interesting baked goods.

Explore them with The Hugo ($5), a summertime blend of lemon, mint, apple juice and panela (cane sugar).

The Counter
96 Audley Street, Petersham
Ph: (02) 9569 2949

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( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
Karl Soke
Oct. 19th, 2013 05:34 am (UTC)
Great food!
Love the Tasmanian Smoked Salmon at this place. The food here is fresh, light and healthy, my kind of food :)
Oct. 20th, 2013 11:49 am (UTC)
Re: Great food!
Yes, mine too. Great, interesting cafe food.
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