You seem them every weekend. Local cafes spilling over with couples, families and friends, escaping the confinement and drudgery of the house for a leisurely weekend breakast.
The click-click of the coffee machine, the smell of fresh espresso and the magical appearance of breakfast placed in front of you. This is the joy of breakfasting out.
Sideways Deli Cafe in Dulwich Hill is not terribly big and tucked away in a residential area, but locals flock to it every weekend. The three page menu is supplemented by a list of specials on the giant blackboard, and a front counter that groans with biscuits, cakes, tarts and slices. On the walls are brightly coloured artworks, and the white chairs and tables reflect the light of the sun-drenched room.
The kids toy box is one of the most popular attractions for young families, a wise investment in the baby-booming Inner West. Several nearby parks also make this a convenient pit stop for kids and parents post-play. Today I'm having brunch with R & A who have two young kids, and before we've even settled in, a chirpy staff member is dispensing menus, handing a toy to Master Two who is instantly distracted.
Large flat white $4.30
Our coffees arrive with a Tiny Teddy on the side - only a small gesture but always cause for a private celebration. My double shot flat white is robust without being bitter.
Corn fritters served with sauteed spinach, haloumi cheese and tomato relish $15.90
Corn fritters arrive as a double stack, sandwiched with baby spinach leaves and enclosed within an artistic ring of tomato sauce. There's plenty of sweet corn, but the fritters are a little dry, although helped in part by the dollop of tomato relish and two grilled slices of squeaky haloumi cheese.
Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon $15.90
Eggs Benedict comes with undulating ribbons of smoked salmon, baby spinach leaves and two perfectly poached eggs. A request to have the hollandaise sauce served on the side is happily accommodated.
Spanish omelette with chorizo, potato, spanish onion and roasted tomato $15.90
Spanish omelette is a blackboard special, a huge serving of eggs padded with slices of chorizo and potato, and sweet slivers of Spanish onion. Thick slices of woodfire toast make this a hearty breakfast.
The busy dining room does make for high decibel eating, particularly with the coffee machine constantly on the go and a lack of insulation to absorb sound.
Its residential setting means that for many patrons, home is only a stroll away, but who wants to hurry when there are newspapers to be read and another coffee to be ordered.
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