14 November 2010

Single Origin Roasters: Coffee, Surry Hills (12 Nov 2010)

60-64 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010

The origin of a good coffee

Exciting times are just around the corner (or literally next door) for Single Origin Roasters who are about to finish their Sideshow shop to streamline their morning coffee takeaway trade. The Cappuccino ($3.50) is a little on the luke warm side today but has nice depth of flavour and is not bitter. The temperature of the Mocha ($3.50) is much better and has a great balance of chocolate and coffee — possibly the best I've had to date and I'm wondering if they've used dark chocolate which gives it quite a strong chocolate flavour. The Affogato ($5) is worth having for such a reasonable price and comes with a decent amount of ice cream but I still think the one at Cafe Sopra is better which comes with a more distinctive and creamy vanilla bean ice cream.

It's not just the coffee that's good here but their food seems pretty yummy as well. The Roast beef sandwich with chimichurri, beetroot relish, onion jam and rocket ($15) is nicely balanced with flavours and the bread is thankfully not overly thick and quite tasty. My Salad of roast organic chicken, broad beans, gem lettuce and tarragon mayonnaise ($15) has a scattering of tender pieces of chicken and I love the large broad beans and big pieces of crunchy croutons in it. I'm a fan of the crisp gem lettuce but was expecting the mayonnaise to be a bit more flavoursome. It would have been great with a more robust flavoured blue cheese ranch style dressing like I had at Kingsleys recently. The service is down-to-earth and efficient which I actually wasn't expecting and much preferred sitting outside which is a bit quieter than inside where the clank of the coffee machine will surely keep reminding you it's there. Could this be Sydney's equivalent to Melbourne's Brother Baba Budan?

PROS: Good coffee, Reasonably priced, Nice simple food menu with quality ingredients, Efficient and down-to-earth staff
CONS: Hard to get a table when busy,
MUST TRY: Affogato, Mocha, Coffee of your choice, Salad of roast organic chicken

Cappuccino ($3.50)

Mocha ($3.50)

Affogato with vanilla bean ice cream ($5)

Roast beef sandwich with chimichurri, beetroot relish, onion jam and rocket ($15)

Salad of roast organic chicken, broad beans, gem lettuce and tarragon mayonnaise ($15)

Takeaways at Sideshow opening soon next door

Menu covers

Why is this lady taking a photo of her coffee? But I support it.

Construction site for Sideshow

Chocolate coated coffee beans for sale — come to mamma!

Coffee beans for sale

Sidewalk stalls (for little people) — reminds me of Black Star Pastry

Retro Atomic coffee machines

Barista in action — check out the retro clocks on the shelves


Rosa said...

Hi Simon I found myself at the conference centre opposite Single Origin yesterday. I went across during morning tea and ordered the mocha with half a sugar. It was lovely and smooth. My only gripe is that it could have been a bit hotter but that seems the case with most hot drinks these days.
Cheers Rosa (Cecilia's friend)

Simon Food Favourites said...

hi rosa, that's a shame about it being hot enough. i found the coffee wasn't hot enough but my mocha good. they seem to perhaps have some consistency issues maybe? hope to catch up soon :-)

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