We take the short walk from my place and, unfortunately, the entire place is full. Despite being such a cold, overcast day, even the tables outside are taken. We put our name down and wait outside. It’s not long before hip waitstaff (Is Hawaiian Vampire Weekend prep a hip look?) comes out to take our coffee orders while we wait. Thankfully, the wait isn’t too long – a table frees up and our coffee promptly served.
Speaking of which, service was snappy and attentive; they did their best to accomodate everyone. And I do mean everyone. Though a table was available to us quite quickly, it was clearly only for two. (Alas, ’tis the problem with dining with three in crowded restaurants.) A bit smooshy but it meant eating sooner (and R’s other plans could be met). Not as bad as a couple who were so smooshed, one of them only had space to sit on a stool.M had the Croque Monsieur, a double smoked virginia ham, swiss gruyere, mustard béchamel, creme fraiche toasted sandwich. It’s a simple dish but he confirms one of the best he’s had. The sour cream on top gave it a tangy bite. R had the “FAB” Bacon and Egg Roll, house made caramelised onion, organic egg & crispy bacon. Another hit. I had the Organic Three Egg Spanish Omelette, with chorizo, potato, tomato, manchega cheese and rocket. There was more potato than I would have preferred but they were still good: bite-sized with a crisp skin. It was delicious but would have been better with spicier chorizo or a little Tabasco. Note the building’s interior. It’s the same sandstone externally and across the road at the National Art School (also the former gaol).
The word? Recommended. A tasty breakfast and a couple of coffees for about $20 to $25 each.
Forbes & Burton
252 Forbes Street,