I associate Parramatta with two things: The Eels, and Circa Espresso. One is a lost cause and the other is a winner. I’ve never understood watching over-sized men with a propensity for violence grapple each other…
As suggested by ‘Espresso‘ in the name, they do coffee. I detect two flavours in the cappuccino: coffee and milk. Novel stuff.
After some Instagram research it is clear the show stoppers are Baked Eggs and French Toast. As you work down from granola, excitement grows.
Below are our choices. There is no place for carbs today.
Blackened roast chicken breast, cumin corn mash, roasted broccoli & almonds – $18
Positive surprise seeing heartiness and fanciness combined. To be specific, hunks of chicken littered with leaves.
Just like an authentic wood-fired pizza puts you in Naples, this winner has me squatting outside a Portuguese chicken joint in Petersham. I can’t get past the lovely charred flavour.
Then there’s the rest. Crunchy almonds, creamy corn and more charred joy in the broccoli. This is a deluge of textures deserving of dish of the West.
An addendum. I was skeptical this felt too ‘lunch-like‘ and fixed this with eggs. These are the best looking poached eggs imaginable.
Poached eggs – $5
For comparison, the day before I attempted DIY poached eggs. Disaster. In fact it proves why I’m not in hospitality and equally, why the missus refuses my cooking.
To conclude, anything can be upgraded by poached eggs.
Barramundi fillet with charred cauliflower, pine nuts, sesame seeds, carrots and salad – $20
If you enjoy crispy skinned, flaky white fish on a bed of fresh salad then this hits the spot. Why not have this wedding dinner dish for breakfast?
Crispy spin, soft flesh but too small. The greatest asset on this plate is charred cauliflower. Combined, the bara-cauli combo is unstoppable.
Next up is croissant injected with layers of ham and cheese.
Actually no, we did not drive 30 min for that.
So to conclude, I was already singing praises after the two mains. Score summary reflects this sentiment:
– Food (♦♦♦♦♦) – more than just pretty plating. Great flavours, quality input, lots of technique.
– Value (♦♦♦♦) – acceptable portions but not fat-aunt-generous, if that makes sense. Respects the $20 note.
– Other (♦♦♦) – free Sunday parking, offset by awkward balcony set-up, confusing decor, food slow to arrive.
– Overall (♦♦♦♦♦) – it’s all about what lines the stomach. To that end, this is difficult to replicate.
A real gem in an area devoid of good competition. Get there before 9am before the hipsters arrive.
Will I be returning?