Just when Instagram had me thinking all cafes were on the way to becoming a bit 'extra', along comes Bloomfield Eatery.
Housed in the entrance to a Rosebery office block, Bloomfield Eatery is both minimalist and lean. Scattered across the lobby, the chairs, stools and tables shout contemporary schoolroom against white walls and polished aggregate floors. A beautiful floral arrangement softens the angular space, which seems to be more about the passive patterns created by wells of light than it is about active decoration.
The menu is similarly pared back; and completely devoid of freak shakes and other Persian fairy-floss topped affectations. You won’t find waffles, matcha or turmeric flavoured lattes, or burger monstrosities here, and, quite frankly, it's a bit of a relief.
While those items may have special occasion appeal, on your average Monday I just want a well-made coffee. Here the beans are Campos, and the barista has spent time working in their facility, so my Latte ($3.50) was robust and complex with balanced bitterness that didn’t require me to add sugar just to make it drinkable.
While sandwiches and salads take up most of the menu’s real estate, you can opt for a slightly fancier bowl of Miso Salmon ($17). It’s a well presented bowl of organic soba noodles sitting in warm dashi broth and topped with a generous amount of charred miso-cured salmon fillets, strips of nori and floating green snow peas that add crunch and visual interest.
A large Salad Bowl ($12) gives you two selections from their trio of interesting plant foods. I’m happy to see beet leaves feature in two of the menu's salad selections, including one with purple cauliflower, goat’s cheese, red quinoa, pickled Swiss browns, piquillo peppers and beetroot. Hopefully these slightly sweet chard like leaves will have you asking why you ever threw beetroot leaves away! All three salads (yeah I was greedy and asked for a bowl combining all three of the day’s offerings) are full of interesting vegetables – artichoke, radicchio, salted kale – plus different nuts and grains to ensure they make a balanced meal.
However don’t be shy about adding a side if you’re sceptical about feeling hungry after eating a salad lunch. Both the 7 Spice Chicken ($4.50) and Haloumi ($4.50) are tasty and generously proportioned, and dense enough to ensure you last through the afternoon without snacking. Not that there's anything wrong with visiting Bloomfield Eatery for an afternoon pick-me-up, especially as they stock products from Nútie Donuts, like their popular vegan chocolate chip cookies...
g02/77 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery
Ph: (02) 9662 2158