Typing the address into Google Maps gave me a bum steer to Platform One Espresso, which - predictably enough - is located on one of the approaches to Kogarah Station.
Opening in the middle of last year, this modern looking space is owned by Mithat Uluc and Yianni Epanomatis.
Despite the bustling location, semi-transparent black blinds help to create a sense of intimacy in the small dining room. With the counter cleverly positioned at one side of the space, the passing coffee trade isn’t disruptive either.
And while we’re talking coffee, the house blend of beans, crafted in conjunction with Complete Coffee Roasters, performs well in a Latte ($3.50). It is smooth and easy to drink, with very little bitterness. While those on the way somewhere are tempted with a glass counter full of pre-made wraps, fruit and nut bars, and clear plastic cups of Bircher muesli, those eating in can expect something a bit fancier.
My dining companion opted for the Salmon Breakfast ($21), which has pretty much everything you could want on a breakfast plate. Centred upon salmon gravlax, this breakfast skips toast in favour of house-made hash browns that are quite thick and eat more like mashed potato cakes. They’re teamed with spinach and roast tomato under a pair of poached eggs.
The flavours are united with squiggles of lime aioli, chives, toasted sesame seeds, fresh chives and green onion oil, with a squeeze of yuzu to balance the slightly too salty fish. Eaten separately, the gravlax was too salty, but when eaten in conjunction with the under-seasoned hash browns,
the flavours made sense. Miss 3, who was offered a babycino by friendly staff, preferred her seasonal diet of water and Easter chocolates. However she did break with tradition to accept poached eggs. In fact, Miss 3 liked the eggs so much that she cried when we exchanged hostages to allow her Mum to sample her first Poke Bowl ($18). Needless to say, I quickly returned her eggs...
Platform One's poke is a lovely, accessible collection of rice, cucumber, carrot, edamame, coriander, carrot and seaweed, kept interesting by sesame seeds, crisp shallots and a ball of smashed avocado. The salad is bound together with sesame and ponzu dressing, and garnished with edible flowers. We added on Chicken ($5), which upped the protein content, and ensured you ended up with a healthy, satisfying lunch.
Under an Eton-style mess of berries, white chocolate sauce, mascarpone, vanilla ice cream, cotton candy, meringue pieces and chopped pistachio, Red Velvet Pancakes ($18) are certainly eye-catching. Unfortunately all the fancy decoration couldn’t disguise the taste of burnt pancakes.
Flipping them over with my fork revealed that they should have been thrown away and the dish re-started - though Miss 3 did enjoy the garnish of strawberry wafers.
With more attention to detail, this café could be a winner - coffee is good, staff have a nice attitude, and dishes are imaginative.
Platform One Espresso
Shop 12 Kogarah Station,
Railway Parade, Kogarah
Ph: (02) 9587 4558