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Thursday, August 8, 2013

Cafe Simple, Darlington

 As the name suggests, Café Simple [74-80 Boundary Street (Corner of Boundary Street & Ivy Lane), Darlington is easy going, relaxed and so far, under the café radar hotspot. Tucked behind the Adina apartment hotel complex, and in the former location of 'a little on the side', Café Simple only opened its doors last week with locals already customising themselves as regulars and flocking in for coffee.


 Café Simple utilises beans from 'Red Fairy' boutique coffee roasters and their loose tea leaves are sourced from Ronnefeldt. They make the most out of their smallish open kitchen and deliver some very refined breakfast and lunch dishes.

Ronnefeldt Tea Selection
 Here is most of the menu at the moment minus a few baked goods that come from down the road at Brickfields (which is super delicious, but we'll save that for another blog post). I'm almost certain that the menu will be tweaked as they receive feedback from customers about their dishes!

Breakfast (8am-Noon):

Simple Crepe
Diced Banana & Strawberry in Yoghurt with Maple Syrup

Puffy Omelette
Eumundi Smokehouse Salmon & Dill / Mushroom & Parsley / Garlic, Roasted Tomato & South Coast Vintage Cheese
Organic Long Grain Rice, Pan Fried with Fresh Herbs, Mild Spices, Eumundi Smokehouse Salmon with Poached Eggs, Fresh Cucumber & Lemon

Simple Bubble Muesli
Poached Cinnamon Pear & Country Valley Yoghurt

Simple Tradition
Eumundi Smokehouse Bacon, Lemon Braised Mushroom & Blanched Spinach with Eggs of choice on Brickfields' Sourdough
Huevos Rancheros
Eumundi Smokehouse Chorizo Sausage, with Roasted Potato Wedges, Green Ratatouille & Roasted Tomato with Eggs of choice on Brickfields' Sourdough

Simple Fiasco
Eumundi Smokehouse Bacon Pieces, Onion Rings & Blanched Spinach with Eggs of choice on Brickfields' Sourdough

Lunch (Noon-3pm):

Three Mushroom & Walnut Pasta Gallery Ravioli in a Country Valley Cream & Mushroom Sauce


Eggplant, Onion & Roasted Almonds Pasta Gallery Ravioli in a White Wine & Roasted Tomato Sauce

Simple Burger
Open Lamb, Onion & Coriander Burger with Hot House Relish, Yoghurt & Fresh Cucumber, Tomato & Mescal Salad on Brickfields' Sourdough

Simple Pumpkin Bake
Organic Long Grain Brown Rice, Grilled Eggplant, Zucchini & Mushroom, topped with Roasted Pumpkin & Tahini Crust - served with Mescal

Black Mussels
with Garlic, Coriander, Chilli, Tomato, Onion & White Wine Sauce - served with Brickfields' Sourdough Crouton

Barramundi Fillet
with Red & White Sweet Potato Julienne Chips, Lemon Mayo& amp; Mescal Salad

Lamb Cutlets
with Polenta & Mushroom Chips, Blanched Spinach & Mushroom Jus

T-Bone Steak
with Roasted Kumera & Pumpkin Salad or Kumera Julienne Chips& amp; Mescal
Menu Holders

Kitchen Area
  Breakfast Tart
Shortcrust Pastry, Eumundi Smokehouse Bacon, Roast Tomato & Egg
 We seated ourselves on the covered porch area but there were also a handful of seats inside along with some stools and benches facing the street through the open windows.
Coffee Machine
Flat White


 Andrew orders the 'Puffy Omelette' for our brunch date and to be honest, I think we were all expecting a lot more from this dish. We had in our minds, an extravagant half fried, bubbly omelette with mushrooms occupying each air pocket. Instead, Andrew's $16 only provided a handful of thinly sliced button mushrooms on a regular omelette topped with parsley. Surely a dish like this one would be easier made at home without having to break into your life savings. Ultimately however, it was well made and quite tasty but it's a shame it ended up being a standard omelette rather than something being drawn from the carton of creativity.

  Puffy Omelette
Mushrooms & Parsley

 Patty's pick was the 'Huevos Rancheros' and this was a dish with its own little twists and turns. Not often do you see roasted potatoes and tomato combined with ratatouille in a breakfast dish but all the flavours worked well together. With the addition of free-styled poached eggs (which takes some confidence to achieve and were done to yolky perfection) and bits of chorizo sausage it had all the elements for an ultimate breakfast.

  Huevos Rancheros
 Eumundi Smokehouse Chorizo Sausage, with Roasted
Potato Wedges, Green Ratatouille & Roasted Tomato
 with Eggs of choice on Brickfields' Sourdough

 For my 'Simple Fiasco', the onion rings in the description immediately lit up the light bulb in my head as I imagined the crunchy, golden batter that screamed cholesterol enhancer, but more importantly, deliciousness. But then again, as I thought about it, it seemed quite farfetched to have fried onion rings for breakfast. Anyhow, after forking and knifing my way back to reality by digging into the not so dramatic onion rings it ended up being a very refined and tasty dish. Essentially a baked eggs served on a plate, the combination of onion, spinach and bacon went down especially well with some yolk and sourdough. The Eumundi Smokehouse bacon pieces turned chunks was the real winner for me, yum.

Simple Fiasco
Eumundi Smokehouse Bacon Pieces, Onion Rings &
Blanched Spinach with Eggs of choice on Brickfields' Sourdough

 Being only a short walk from the engineering faculty in Sydney Uni, this café is bound to become a hit with students looking for some variety with their coffee. Café Simple to me, screams potential and I'm sure that there will be changes within the café every week as they finds their feet within its new surroundings. Maybe it was the three of us sitting on the porch together for a Saturday brunch, or the honesty of the café once you walk in, but there seems to be something unique at Café Simple and so I'd definitely recommend a visit. We'll be back soon to see what's changed!
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1 comment:

  1. Hi Guys,

    I Love your review of the Magnum Store.

    I would like to suggest a couple of Cafe's you should try out, seen as you love food so much. :)
    Double Roasters: Marrickville (simple food, great coffee)
    Revolver: Annandale (difficult to get seating, but good coffee and great food)
    Cornersmith: Marrickville (Like revolver it sometimes gets busy, and they close on certain days for pickling)
    The Clover: Annandale (good food and coffee)
    The Goblin Cafe: Summer Hill (good food and coffee)
    Oh and if you really love coffee and you are in Marrickville there is also Coffee Alchemy.

    And for dessert you should visit Patisserie Papa: Haberfield. (world famous Ricotta Cheesecake)

    They are all I can remember for now, so happy eating.


    As you can see I also love food, but writing about it is not my forte, eating however.... :)