Egg of the Universe, Rozelle (May-16) (♦♦♦♦)

Egg of the Universe, Rozelle (May-16) (♦♦♦♦)

Egg of the Universe, Rozelle (May-16) (♦♦♦♦)

One-liner: skillful, memorable wholefoods feed that’s a little out of budget. 

EOTU is literally a kitchen stapled to a yoga studio – not as bizzare as last month’s visit to the Cat Cafe in Kyoto but close. Luckily, the only felines in the enclosed courtyard are super lean (female) members of the 7:45am class. I confess, I’m hungry.

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The main benefit of an open kitchen is due diligence on prep-work, intensity of staff and of course the aroma. We smell charred bacon which alleviates my biggest fear in such a joint: a no-meat-eat experience.  Menu – comic to decipher and borderline annoying. An example is ‘Perfect Circle Salad‘.

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Note the eye-bleed pricing. This suggests edibles (cafe) are subsidising in-edibles (buffet-style 30 day offer below). It’s the reverse of a low cost Vegas Casino buffet.

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Copying my 7 month old, the wife clambers onto the table for the bird shot. What a striking visual: vibrant, low-touch approach to produce with acceptable portion size.

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The pupils narrow seeing criss-cross dressing. Either the chefs trained at a world class cooking school, or like myself binge watch Masterchef on Channel Ten.

Pork Shoulder & Sweet Potato Cake – $25

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Straight from a bistro 101 cook book with a surprise egg. No one can ever fault pull-apart pork with roasted potato.

Egg executes a Tree Pose on top of a pork yoga mat in a enchanting display of precision. I’ve now got my money’s worth.

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Burst yolk plus gravity equals win. The poor slaw is forgotten.

Seasonal Breakfast. Spiced carrots, sweet potato, poached eggs, spring salad and tumeric aioli – $22

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Many elements to distract my buds. Yet, it’s the creamy aioli that is the hero.

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I feel the egg-yolk and aoili are best mopped with slow-roasted veggies. This has to be a top three breakfast salad west of Sydney’s CBD. Yummy and filling!

Super B.L.A.T. Bacon, tomatos, avocado and sauerkraut on sourdough with a poached egg – $22

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Why Super? Bacon is’nitrate-free‘, egg is ‘organic‘, sauerkraut is ‘lacoto-fermented‘ and sourdough is ‘spelt‘. These are vital details to 90% of Rozelle yoga students, hence the price.

A flawless mound of perfectly crunchy bacon strips is helped by good bacon quality. Specifically, fat-to-pork ratio is spot on.

Not all is positive. We have soggy avo-on-toast. Tomato juices seep into the sourdough, reminding us why this red fiend is not your friend (outside baked eggs).

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Three dishes tried, several more for the future.

If you recall, add smoked trout at your own peril ($9). Until now, the worst I’ve seen is in Bondi ($7). Whether this creature is organic matters not because who knows what that trout ate in it’s 20 happy months down in Tasmanian waters. My point is … add 20% to each dish for a feel-good experience. If you can digest that, then EOTU is actually great.

Score summary:
(♦=terrible, ♦♦♦♦♦=superb)

– Food (♦♦♦♦♦) – award worthy bacon experience, dishes near faultless.
– Value (♦♦) – at $25 per dish and no split bills, I could not afford the Ginger Tumeric Kombucha.
– Other (♦♦♦♦) – baked goods, family run vibe and extracurricular activities.
– Overall (♦♦♦♦) – classic quality vs. value conundrum. Today was quality.

In the category of Inner West wholefoods cafes, this the top three alongside About Life and Cornersmith.

Will I be returning?
Occasionally…

Daughter is very happy with my decision to choose a new place. Perhaps she’s sick of Kepos Street Kitchen.

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