With a recommendation from my next dining mates it is another breakfast out for me (this blog isn’t going to help my weight is it?!), this time I head to the hyped-about Cafe Troppo overlooking Whitmore Square in the heart of the city.
It is small and the tables are incredibly tight inside with no hope of getting my baby pram in there, so outside is our only option but we luckily nab the last one available. Despite the size, I like the set up, it is quirky and decorated with a theme of sustainable and recycled wares – aged wood, corrugated iron and chairs made with hessian coffee bags as the cushion covers. It is nice to see a style that is different to most of the others out there and it all works together nicely and gives the place a good feel.
The clientele on this Sunday morning is mixed – the young arty types with their nerdy glasses to the MAMILs (middle aged men in lycra)… their bikes, almost a contradiction alongside each other combining vintage fixies with cute baskets at the front to the modern bike worth more than many cars on the road! Regardless, they all look great stacked against the iron exterior and everyone is happily enjoying what is on offer.
The three of us girls are all pretty hungry and have a hens party to organise so coffees are quickly out and provide the starting inspiration, from the sign inside it seems they have a single origin special blend they feature and today’s is Columbian – organic and fair trade as well (of course).
Then it becomes about the breakfast offer. I see the waffles being made and then some coming out as I wait to order at the counter and wish I wasn’t doing sugar-free at the moment, I know my hubby would be quick to order them if he was here. We all opt for eggs though… I am a little disappointed when I ask for a custom combination (combining two of their menu options) and they aren’t interested in doing anything outside the simple menu choices covering only a handful of items. They aren’t very accommodating at all and for brekky and a juice I have been slugged $26 – and with no table service either.
For our table order we have poached eggs with dukkah and then two of us go for the scrambled option with chilli and coriander, mine with bacon thanks! Gotta test these things.
A fresh juice is a nice compliment and comes out in the ‘oh so now’ jar as a glass. Not sure I am a big fan of this anymore – been done – move on. However it does mean a decent serving size although they have tried to take the trend to the next level with a bamboo straw. I honestly feel like I should pull it out and play a piccolo solo, but anyhow. Again, size is a bonus I guess as it ensures plenty in the gob in one go.
Breakfast is reasonably quick to come out and is hot and fresh, colours look great and the chilli hint with the cori undertone catches my nose and gets the mouth salivating. It is really nice, I can’t complain about any of the elements on my plate, it is all yummy. Poached eggs for my friend are good but maybe a little bit overdone at the sides if being critical.
I am pretty happy with the breakfast, despite its price tag am left feeling full and content. The chilli was a really nice addition to the scrambled eggs, one for my home cooked options I will have to replicate.
Perhaps a little unfairly, I can’t help but directly compare it to my great experience the day before in Croydon but despite the brekky being really tasty, thinking about the vibe of the place this one is trying to be cool as much as it is cool. Overall, it is still a great little spot for a good brekky and it seems they do offer lunch and even tapas style dinner on some days – I would actually be interested in checking that out.
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