Cafe on Johnston, Annandale
This cafe has been around for a while now. ‘The Mother’ and I moved out of Annandale about five years ago, but still have many friends who lives in the area. Funnily, we always refer to this cafe as the ‘purple cafe’ only cause the arch used to be purple and we don’t know it by any other name. I noticed that the arch is no longer purple, but a pale yellow or orange. However, to us, it will always be the ‘purple cafe’.
‘The Mother’ and I were catching up with friends for brunch and it certainly has been a long time since I last visited the purple cafe. The service used to be exceptionally slow but has improved immensely. The coffee is not so bad, but they have delicious milkshake and smoothies. You order and pay at the counter, and then food is delivered to your table. Service is quite efficient, line moves relatively quickly and the waiters are lovely and friendly.
‘The Mother’ couldn’t go pass the Big Breakfast ($16.50) – Create your own, eggs the way you like, your choice of toast with any four of the following: avocado, baby spinach, bacon, baked beans, mushrooms, pork sausages, roasted tomatoes, roasted pumpkin and smoked salmon. It was a HUGE serving – two perfectly poached eggs, with baby spinach, bacon, roasted tomatoes and pork sausages. The bacon was cooked to perfection and excellent, the pork sausages I loved.
The poached eggs – perfect! Oozed with yolk – YUM!
I opted for something less exciting and filing, bircher muesli with yogurt and rhubarb ($9.50). Oats soaked in orange juice and mixed with sultanas and nuts, it was nice but I have definitely had better. I have been craving for rhubarb and this certainly satisfied the cravings.
A opted for the zucchini and haloumi fritters served with avocado, bacon and beetroot ($16.50) and this looked superb! A commented how wonderful the bacon was and I have to agree – awesome! Unfortunately I didn’t have any of the fritters, A was sick and I didn’t really want to catch his cold. He did say that it was excellent, however, he couldn’t taste any of the haloumi.
‘The Mother’s caramel milkshake was incredibly sweet and absolutely delicious. It made my watermelon juice really bitter in comparison.
Cafe on Johnson is open for breakfast and lunch, all day breakfast on the weekend and they serve lunch from 11.30am. Lunch includes burgers, sandwiches, wraps and many more. Cafe is quite spacious, they have tables outside under the shade which looks out to Johnston Street. The decor is colourful and frivolous.
I have certainly missed my weekday brunch, however, weekend brunch is just as good! Will definitely do it again soon!
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
Cafe on Johnston
63 Johnston Street
Ph: +61 2 9660 5109