Brewtown Newtown - Sydney
Cold brew coffee on draft. Choices. I come for breakfast but often forget that this is truly a coffee place as well. The cronuts are to die for and so is the coconut chai morning pudding. There are Assam and Green Dragon Well teas available, but more captivating to me are the herbal infusions, like the ginger, mint and lemongrass concoction, with fennel seeds thrown in.
But all of these shade below the coffee options, supplied from the Gnome Coffee Merchants in Surry Hills. Ask as to how you want it, or seek their ideas and experiment. This is not the standard coffee joint. Located at the old Berkelouw bookshop, it is sufficiently hidden away from the traffic, echoing of a refuge in an old warehouse, surrounding you with enough post-industrial charm, raw brick walls, old fashioned design chairs and a definitely inner city collective. Customers come in to soak in an atmosphere. There is also an interesting coffee rubbed brisket that comes with light rye, pickled cabbage and smoked eggplant, garnished with Porcini salt and horseradish cream.
|Eggs Benedict with quality ham on a roll.|
A micro brewery, BN has a deserving focus on blends, beans and baristas. The food menu ought not to be ignored though - I eyed the squid ink linguine, served with garlic chili prawn, enhanced by kale and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese. Curried Israeli couscous (how Middle Eastern is that!!) is served with a poached egg and wood smoked salmon, garnished by coriander and lime. And then my key weakness, grilled black sausage, comes with a fennel and blood orange salad, sprinkled with goats cheese and accompanied by an eggplant puree.
If you still have space, I recommend a dessert of Belgian styled waffles - strewn with stewed fruits, caramelised figs and orange tinged ricotta.
For a true blokey run about, try the Elvis burger, for the powerful combination of Canadian bacon and Aussie ground beef, topped with mayonnaise, Gruyere cheese and savoury brewnut - the whole package also includes chips and relish. For lighter choices, there is always duck ravioli and ocean trout cured with beetroot.
Food: Lots of attention to ingredients.
Coffee: One of the best varieties, excellent.
Staff: Friendly and efficient.
Ambiance: A place to crawl to and chill out.
Access: better take Sydney Rail or the bus.
Brewtown Newtown is located at 6-8 O'Connell Street, an offshoot of the main strip, King.
Telephone 612 9519 2920
Opening hours are from 8am to 4pm every day.