Nothing makes me happier than brunch with friends at an awesome cafe. I have wanted to try West Juliett for a while now, so I suggested this place to the gorgeous Suzchef and her beautiful baby A – oh how our lives have changed? Gone are the days where we leisurely go out and eat on our own, now we have a baby in tow. How time has changed! However, it is a good change, and I got to see what life would be like in Sydney with one of my dearest friends as a MUM! OH boy – it was definitely enjoyable and very VERY appealing!
West Juliett can be found in Marrickville, on the 30 Llewellyn Street, you can’t miss it, it’s a relatively large cafe and there are people outside waiting to get a table. The cafe was relatively packed when we rocked up on Friday at 1130am
Everything on the menu sounded wonderful. Started with a kids drink – blueberry smoothie which was served in a very cute cup! Dragon loved this, I am pretty sure she drank the whole thing again, so I had to order another – the normal size!
I couldn’t go past the poached eggs, avocado, feta, parsley, cress, lemon, dukkah on toast. Everything I wanted on a plate and oh my – it was delicious. Gooey egg, and who doesn’t like avocado and feta? Dragon ate the bread again, she loved it and wouldn’t let me take it away.
S had the haloumi egg roll, aioli, wilted greens, chill marmalade and she demolished this! Very good she said.
S bought the pink salt chocolate chip cookie – unfortunately I didn’t take a photo of this, but believe me when I say that it is absolutely fantastic! Apparently they only make 30 or so a day, and they were deliciously gooey and soft – just the way I like it.
As always, it was lovely catching up with S and A – how I have missed them both! Looking forward to catching up with them in Hong Kong later this year.
Service was polite, food was yummy, and I can’t wait to go back and try their other breakfast items.
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
30 Llewellyn St
It was my last weekend in Sydney and I was catching up with the lovely Suzchef and suggested this place. It was the promise of crispy pork belly for brunch that attracted me to this place!
Beejyas is owned by 19 year old local BJ – one of the youngest café owners in Sydney. The décor is quite retro, lots of quirky gadgets around the café. Apparently there are two dining areas, unfortunately I didn’t get to see the open courtyard out the back as we sat in the front room.
They serve all day breakfast which I LOVE! And another thing I love about the menu is that they have fried pork belly on the big breakfast! Now how can I not say yes to that? Two poached eggs with mushrooms, hash brown, avocado and PORK BELLY!
The pork belly was incredible tasty, crispy and absolutely delicious. I could have definitely eaten another serving or two. The eggs oozed with yolk and to me, it was a breakfast of champions!
S wanted something lighter, avocado on toast.
However, in saying that, she did order chicken wings with chips to share and it was delicious! Love a good chicken wings!
Service friendly and I love the vibe of the café. Would definitely be back, even if its for the pork belly! Missing you my friend, can’t wait to see you again soon!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
395 Illawarra Road
Ph: +61 2 9558 8860
I didn’t realise how many cafés were in Marrickville until just recently! A bit late I know but better late than never I say! I was catching up with the lovely E and her son Boo and suggested this place. Kelby’s was established in 2004 and can be found in Marrickville. It’s a quirky café, very relaxed atmosphere, groovy music and has a rustic charm to it. They even have mother’s room with comfy sofas that can booked in advance for up to 8 people! Will have to suggest this next time for my mothers group!
Menu is vast and has a slight Mediterranean twist. They have daily specials written on the wall.
Started with the chai latte, it was good but I thought it lacked a little flavour, not enough chai or cinnamon!
I couldn’t go past the garlic mushrooms on toast ($8) and added avocado and sausage, which was chorizo at $3 each. The garlic mushrooms were scrumptious and the chorizo cooked to perfection. It was indeed the breakfast that I needed and wanted.
E couldn’t go past the Egyptian sauté of sweet potato, fetta and dukkah served on chunky hommus toast with poached eggs ($13). It looked fabulous, however, E informed me that it sounded and looked better than it tastes. She thought the flavours didn’t quite work but it did look good though!
Service is friendly and definitely baby friendly! I would happily go back again to try their French toast or even their sandwiches – they sound delish!
GA’s ratings: 7 / 10
293 Marrickville Road
Ph: +61 2 9564 5165
Cute café in Marrickville with an extensive all day breakfast and lunch menu at reasonable prices. We were here for breakfast one Sunday morning and the place was already buzzing with locals at 9.30am. You order and pay at the counter and delicious food is then delivered to you.
Menu vast and more importantly, breakfast all day and they have lunch items all day also if you don’t feel like having eggs!
I was meeting with a few people and suggested this place. S started with the chai latte – it was a relatively cold morning and even the tea pot got something warm over it!
I was told the coffee here is good.
S couldn’t go past the poached eggs with haloumi and potato rosti.
T had the big breakfast which consisted of eggs, baked beans, tomato, mushrooms, haloumi and potato rosti.
I had the corn fritters with bacon, sour cream and spinach and this was fantastic! Who can say no to corn fritters and bacon?
Uncle had the bacon and egg roll which he thoroughly enjoyed.
E had the mushroom omelette which was a relatively large serving.
Service was friendly, and definitely child friendly. It was lovely to catch up with all of you. It’s a great find , and I am loving all the café in Marrickville at the moment!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
Petty Cash Cafe
68 Victoria Road
Ph: +61 2 9557 2377
I have heard wonderful things about Cornersmith. It took a while to get there, but finally one Saturday morning, ‘The Mother’ and I were catching up with one of our friends, M, and I suggested this place. The place was packed on Saturday at 10.30am – they have a self-managed queue system. Write your name and the number of people on the board that’s hung on the door and wait. It took us a good 30 – 35 minutes to be seated. ‘The Mother’ is not fond of waiting, but considering there were no other cafes nearby and he had M to keep him company, he didn’t complain so much! Not that he is a complainer – just that he doesn’t like waiting much!
The menu which was written on the board was vast! I couldn’t decide what I wanted, as everything sounded wonderful. The bircher muesli, the eggs, the sandwiches – I really could have ordered one of each!
I couldn’t go past the poached eggs on toast with red pepper relish ($9) with a side of avocado ($4). Perfectly poached egg, the avocado and red pepper relish fresh and absolutely tasty all served with a sour dough bread drizzled with olive oil. It was the perfect breakfast that I needed that day.
‘The Mother’ loved his poached egg, garlic aioli, rocket, free range ham and red pepper relish ($10). He didn’t exactly offer me any, but he was going to lick the plate if the waitress didn’t take the plate away. He said the serving was a tad small but everything was so fresh and complemented each other well.
M had the apple bircher with natural yogurt, plum compote and poached pear ($10) – I almost ordered this and it looked as good as it tasted. It was divine! The apple bircher was soaked perfectly, the plum compote and poached pear wonderful complement. I could happily eat this on a daily basis!
Cornersmith can be found on the busy street of Illawarra Road and it is very close to Marrickville station and a couple of shops down form PhD. I didn’t get to try the coffee, as I am still on a coffee ban, but I am a definite fan of the food and the vibe. Getting a table for more than two is a bit of a pain I thought – those that came in twos got seated quicker. As whether or not its baby friendly? It’s tight, the place is small and if you have a massive pram it could ‘get in the way’ but doable.
The menu is simple. They have many things made on site – honey, pickles, chutneys and jam. I bought a muffin to take on the go, for the movies and I have to say it was one the fluffiest, and nicest muffin I have had – I can’t remember what it was sorry! But it was good.
Would happily come back – if it was closer I would be there right now!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
314 Illawarra Road
Marrickville NSW 2204
Ph: +61 2 8065 0844
‘The Mother’ was craving for Pho one weekend, but we were both too lazy to drive to Cabramatta or Bankstown, and we were a little tired of going to Flemington so I suggested Marrickville. I knew of one place in Marrickville, Pho Bac Hai Dong (PHD) which is located on the long stretch of Illawarra Road that has pretty good pho. It certainly has been a very long time since my last visit, so long that I didn’t realise that they had moved to a new location, just a few shops down.
“Sup’herb pho” they claim… was it?
I always order my usual, fried chicken with tomato rice. The crispy skin, the tender meat, what’s not to like? It was good, and the tomato rice a wonderful complement.
‘The Mother’ on the other hand, orders his usual, Pho rice noodle soup with special beef combination ($9 / $11). Think ‘The Mother’ opt for the regular size and it was a decent size! He was so hungry he started eating the condiments.
Slices of medium rare beef, with option to add beef brisket, beef balls, tripe or tendon, and in this case ‘the Mother’ didn’t order all of it but just tripe. The soup I thought was ok, a little on the sweet side and slightly oily. We both agreed that it probably wasn’t the best pho that we had. I think ‘The Mother’ still prefers the one at Flemington, or Cabramatta.
I couldn’t help but order the three coloured drink, also known as Che Be Mau in Vietnamese, which consists of a selection of green jelly, red azuki beans, crushed yellow mung beans, coconut milk and lots and lots of crushed ice! Again not the best I have had, the beans were a little too starchy making me feel very sickly.
‘The Mother’ ordered the Vietnamese coffee, I am not usually a fan but ‘The Mother’ certainly enjoyed it.
Overall I thought it was ok, I really liked my fried chicken with tomato rice, but you can’t really get that wrong unless you over/under cook the fried chicken. The pho I have to admit was a little ordinary, think ‘The Mother’ wasn’t too impressed, so he is still craving for ‘good’ pho!
Service minimal, everything inside was red, making the photos very ‘red’ looking.
Still on the hunt for good pho, that’s not as far as Cabramatta or Bankstown!
GA’s ratings: 6.5 / 10
PHD Vietnamese Restaurant
308 Illawarra Road
Ph: +61 2 9559 5078
I don’t venture to Marrickille for dinner very often yet alone tell you what restaurants are there until now. Lotus Asian Restaurant can be found on Illawarra Road, near the train station. It is not on the main drag but this little gem offers diners South East Asian cuisines – Thai, Vietnamese, Malaysian, Indonesian and Singaporean.
It has very simple décor, deep orange painted walls with several wooden tables and chairs and a large communal table in the middle. Owned by Kim Ngyugen, who is front house and her husband Danh Cao, in the kitchen.
Everything on the menu sounded wonderful. We started with the Chicken wontons with plum sauce (8 servings for $8). I don’t think I have ever had chicken wontons, always with pork (of course!). The wontons were deliciously crispy, the chicken succulent and juicy and the plum sauce delicious sweet and a wonderful complement. It was certainly hard to stop at just one.
The grilled Thai beef salad ($12) I really loved! Thinly sliced rare beef which sat on fresh herbs, chili, spanish onions and mint. It was really fresh and deliciously light. I really do love the sauce and the flavours, it was outstanding and one of the nicest Thai beef salad I have had in a while.
The crispy braised duck with chili tamarind sauce and steamed wombok ($16.50) was another wonderful dish. It is one of their most popular dish and I can see why. Generous serving of boneless chunks of duck which were super succulent and tender with crispy skin. The sauce was sweet, sour and spicy all in one.
Lastly, braised prawns with red curry paste, pumpkin and kaffir lime leaves ($18.50). Half a dozen of plump and moreish prawns in red curry paste, it had a nice spicy kick to it, I could definitely would have liked it to be spicier.
Unfortunately, we were both full and could not eat any dessert. Although the banana fritter with palm sugar syrup and coconut ice cream sounds divine! So does the black sticky rice pudding with coconut sauce.
Danh is the wonderful chef behind this. He has previously worked at Balmain’s Blue Ginger and other restaurants in Chinatown. Unfortunately he is the only chef in the kitchen, which means service can be a little slow at times, but unless you are in a rush, it is always nice to sit, chat, and relax with friends and family over a bottle of wine!
It’s a shame that it is not on the main drag, but I can see that this as a local for those living (or not living) in Marrickville. Takeaway is also available if you do not wish to dine in.
Thanks for the invite Charlotte (from Charlotte Foot PR)! Had an awesome time and really did enjoy the food. Will definitely take the family here for dinner one day.
GA dined as a guest.
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
Lotus Asian Restaurant
393 Illawarra Road
Ph: +61 2 9559 8895