Emerging in 2013, West Juliett Café follows in the footsteps of trailblazing Marrickville cafe, Cornersmith. There are plenty of greens on the plates, and a connection to hand-making in their offerings, including pastries and tempting baked goods. The deep verandah, supplemented by a large, airy dining room, gives it a real community centre feel, and locals flock to this grand, old corner store in droves.
My partner heads straight for the breakfast menu hero – Olive Oil Fried Eggs ($18.90) with morcilla and braised lentils – throwing in an additional side of Bacon ($4.90), as men are wont to do.
I steal forkfuls of perfectly braised lentils from his plate, wishing I’d added them as a side to my own Mushrooms on Toast ($15.90) with Poached Egg ($2.50). Both dishes are come garlanded with greens – rocket and cress – with the mushooms further enhanced with caraway seeds, burnt onions and a minimal amount of Greek kasseri cheese.
As another gesture to healthy eating, they’re presented with butter on the side, which is fine with the eggs'n'morcilla (as the toast arrives on top) but requires the complete disassembly of my mushroom dish. Even with buttered toast, the mushrooms are sadly a bit disappointing – watery and flavourless.
I have no such complaint about my Allpress Espresso Latte ($4.50) made super creamy using fresh Jersey milk from Warnembool. It’s so satisfying I manage to escape onto the verandah of prams, dogs and children without purchasing a dark, moist-looking chocolate brownie. It was touch and go for a minute there though...
West Juliett Café
30 Llewellyn Street, Marrickville
Ph: (02) 9519 0101