Hugging the edge of a tiny park that’s pretty despite being low on leaves in winter, Social Brew Café is nicer from the inside than it looks from the outside.
The shiny metal, glass and grey paint exterior frames a mostly green urban vista.
With plastic drapes protecting you from the wind, you can actually feel the warmth of the winter sun on your lily-white skin.
Actually, there's so much sun, that five minutes into my recent al fresco lunch I started wishing I’d brought my sunglasses.
The second thing that sets this café apart from its café brethren is that it is licensed, making it just the place for a cheeky wine with lunch. Or, if you feel the need to balance your indiscretions, a booze-spiked freshly squeezed juice. We try out Watermelon Passionfruit and Pineapple with Sailor Jerry’s Rum ($12). It’s good, but I’d probably ask for them to use Ketel One Vodka next time because the delicate watermelon was dominated by the rum. I’ve got no complaints about the Pineapple Orange and Turmeric with Beefeater Gin ($12) - I mean what could be a more perfect brunch drink than O.J. and gin?
The team at Social Brew Café regularly dream up eye-catching specials like the M&M Spill ($22) to woo in those who like to construct their personal identity through a curated Instagram feed. With a gravity-defying stream of M&Ms, this plate of waffles has it all – and by all, I mean two thick Belgian-style waffles drizzled with salted caramel sauce, a jar of milk chocolate and ristretto to pour over, a quenelle of Chantilly cream and a scoop of vanilla ice cream, all scattered with edible blooms. It’s too sweet to be my kind of breakfast, but I know many who would vehemently disagree!
What I do want to say though, is that while this café is clearly adept at luring in influencers, they also serve real food. I was super happy with The Brew Vego Board ($22). It’s not about looks, but flavour and balance, with a fluffy pair of corn and zucchini fritters and crisp kale leaves sitting on spiced, smoked labneh. There’s grilled haloumi, pickled egg, and a juicy cucumber and dill salad, with just enough bread to suffice. I’d come here to eat this dish again, even if it won’t lead to Insta-fame.
Social Brew Cafe
224 Harris Street, Pyrmont
Ph: (02) 9571 8792