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Monday, January 24, 2005

Lemon Mint Crush Cafe, Chippendale

EDIT: Lemon Mint Crush Cafe has closed

The LMC Cafe is one of those friendly insider cafes--where you just know the regulars have their favourite tables silently reserved, and the waitstaff know exactly how they like their coffee.

Tucked down a side-street off Sydney's bustling Broadway, LMC would be disguised in its converted corner terrace were it not for a couple of lime green signs and chairs outside.

Inside a funky colorful wall feature dominates one whitewashed wall. It's funky, relaxed and modern but without any of the usual pretension.

The blackboard menu features a number of wraps, sandwiches and salads, and of course, the all-day breakfast.

Tandoori chicken and mint yoghurt wrap $9.80

Chef's salad with tuna $14.00

Corn fritters with bacon, fresh tomato and pesto $12.00

Our food was all fresh, zingy and well-presented (in spite of the excessive eschallot garnishes!). The tandoori chicken had a nice hint of spiciness and the salad was generous with grilled capsicum and zucchini and chunks of ripe avocado. And there were three corn fritters buried underneath a mountain of juicy tomato and lean but crispy bacon.

This is good-quality food enhanced by extra touches like complimentary water garnished with lemon. The cakes in the display cabinet looked good too.

Lemon Mint Crush Cafe (CLOSED)
21a Shepherd Street, Chippendale
Tel: 02 9281 5954

Open 7 days

Related GrabYourFork posts:
LMC Cafe, July 2007
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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 1/24/2005 01:30:00 pm


  • At 1/28/2005 1:44 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    hmm, might have to go back there and check it out. I used to eat there for lunch most days years ago when I worked around the corner. I think it was called Knox St. Cafe then.

    Still, it's nice and close and Ultimo doesn't really have any decent cafes . . . yet.


  • At 1/28/2005 11:47 am, Blogger Jess (fushmush) said…

    the Tandoori chicken wrap at LMC used to be one of my lunchtime staples. Pity there isn't a good cafe scene in north syd!

  • At 1/28/2005 11:59 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Aaron - We ended up here on a recommendation and were very happy on what we found (and consumed). I think Ultimo is perking up and the string of shops along Broadway is coming alive too.

    Hi Jess - The tandoor wrap was pretty impressive and we saw a quite of them being consumed at other tables. Can't say I'm an expert north of the Bridge, but yeah, I'd agree. From what I've seen it's all rather gentrified and pricey.

  • At 1/28/2005 12:26 pm, Blogger Fish Fish said…

    You are rite AG, fish fish like the layout of the foods too. Colourful and appetizing. :)

  • At 1/28/2005 9:12 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi fishfish - yes good presentation makes food taste sooo much better. And noone demonstrates that better than the Japanese hey? :-)

  • At 1/29/2005 7:53 am, Blogger Ms One Boobie said…

    I remember LMC.. :) I do like the food there... but i don't think i visited this place too often.. :( my lost.. :(

  • At 1/29/2005 5:33 pm, Blogger R said…

    Hello Duckie.

    It's funny, but I only walked past this place last week, and thought that it looked rather neat (and had not realised that there were shops back here, and *gasp* an educational bookshop also!). Didn't venture in though, or did I try that Irish place further up on Cleavland st.

    Also, if I remember correctly, there is a recipe for corn fritters in that Woman's Weekly BBQ cookbook. Have a look. It's one of the few things my mother felt that she could cook well.
    Pity I don't like the retched things...

  • At 1/29/2005 10:53 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeh used to love this place when it was close to my work 2 streets up, would have breakfast there on a regular basis. And you're right, we always had a regular spot next to the fish tanks and the waiters always knew what we wanted. Yum. Check out the Rose of Australia hotel 2 sts down for what used to be good pies and salt n pepper calamari (somewhat pricy pub grub)

  • At 1/30/2005 2:45 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi MrsT - Wow, you really did get around Sydney when you were here. Yeah we would probably come back here again. The food was certainly a notch higher than most cafes.

    Hi R - Spooky! :-) And yes, great memory recall. I just checked and yes, there is a recipe for corn fritters in the WW BBQ Cookbook. I'm also keen to try the Bill Granger recipe posted by pinkcocoa.

  • At 1/30/2005 3:11 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Anonymous - Thanks for your comment altho' I'm not sure if we're talking about the same place! ;-) I didn't see any fish tanks and the Rose of Australia is a bit more than two streets away, more like two suburbs away! But the Rose is good. We've only been to the upstairs dining area and yes it's fairly upmarket. Haven't tried the bar food downstairs yet though.

  • At 1/30/2005 4:49 pm, Blogger R said…

    Anon. was right Augustusgloop.

    On Cleaveland st. there is a pub called 'The Rose'. Of Australia, I'm not sure, but there it is.

    Perhaps your next jaunt will take you and your trusty camera in that direction?

    *Patiently waiting to read of wild oscillations*

  • At 1/30/2005 5:47 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi R - Aha! Yep I've just done a bit of research and yes, there is The Rose in Chippendale. So I consider Anonymous and I both correct in a sense ;-)

    I'll keep an eye (and a stomach) for it.

    And yes, you can now oscillate to your heart's content.

  • At 1/30/2005 11:31 pm, Blogger Reid said…

    Hi AG,

    I like the sound of that tandoori chicken and mint yoghurt wrap. I love tandoori chicken. Mmmm. That salad looks delish too. =)

  • At 1/31/2005 9:26 am, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Reid - I had the fritters but next time I'll definitely have to try the tandoori wrap.

    The salad was definitely one of the better ones I've seen. A little better than the one from Big Island Steak House perhaps? :P

  • At 1/31/2005 4:51 pm, Blogger pinkcocoa said…

    hey AG
    I like the colourful and playful interior of the cafe! The wrap must be delicious but I think I would still opt for corn fritters :p I havent had or made one for ages.

  • At 1/31/2005 9:28 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi pinkcocoa - Yeah the interior was pretty funky and energising. Yes I was glad I had the fritters. I always tend to go for the dish that involves the most work or unusual ingredients :P I'm always a pragmatist when it comes to menu decisions!

    I guess you haven't made corn fritters since October? :P

  • At 1/25/2007 4:16 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Love the brushetta and wraps, always a fresh and tantalising lunch

  • At 1/27/2007 1:51 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Anon - Mmm bruschetta. You can't beat a light yet tasty lunch.


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