Is the emphasis more on the bread at B & B? I reckon it's more on a healthy lifestyle. There is something refreshing about the menu. There are already so many cafes for breakfast and brunch in the Wollongong region - but B & B stands out, the moment you step in, mindful of the steps from the sloping and narrow Crown Lane, and note the sandwiches, salads and other stuff on people's tables. And what a crowd it was, with me mindful that Humber was just next door.
It must be more than just the food. Ales, wines and beers? That helps. Yummy sandwiches, a definite yes. Salads bring us to a new dimension, for example:
- Cinnamon and Paprika Roast Potato with Zucchini pickle, chive, shallot and Cuban Mayonnaise.
- Ramen Noodle Slaw with Edamame bean, sweet cucumber and fried onion.
- Spiced Roast pumpkin, green bean and fennel.
And I still have not quite nailed the X Factor.....
|Wholesome lunch bite with this braised pork roll - Mr. Pig sandwich.|
The interiors are another testament to Huddle & Co., with a bright looking northern Euro feel, allowing the natural light to permeate the atmosphere. Ply, steel and solid timber have been arranged and designed to provide a contemporary look.
The hand made communal table can be viewed as the centre piece, instead of the prep and coffee counter, which is placed to one side. What caught my eye as well is the magnetic panel which solidly holds cutlery beside each side table.
Hessian covered pots, great strong coffee, regular changes in protein plate options. A lively lady staff member who still manages to cope with the increasing number of customers streaming in with expectation, who are hungry and who like what they see in the menu.
What adds to the vibes is perhaps a rising sense of a community knowing where to find reliable, yummy and interesting ways of preparing so called cafe menus. True, at times, we can depend on southern fried chicken and pork crackling being available. Then there are delights like buckwheat slaw and Salsa Verde. I observe the generous portions.I have to reckon more about B & B, all I can say now is the positive energy it has...
My impressions of the Beast & Bread:
Ambiance: 3.5 out of 5
Customer Engagement: 3.5 out of 5
Culinary Delight: 3.5 out of 5
X Factor: 3.5 out of 5
Overall: 3.5 out of 5
Recommended menu choices:
Mr. Pig Sandwich
Light and refreshing salads.
Pork, fennel and Ricotta meatballs.
Various combinations of protein plates.
Beast & Bread is located at 8 Crown Lane, Wollongong NSW and is part of the GPT Shopping Centre down town.
Opening hours are from 8am to 5.30pm every week day; from 8am to 10pm on Saturdays; and from 8am to 4pm on Sundays.
Contact +61 2 4226 4629