There is everything to love about Brickfields. This bakery and cafe is conceived by Paul Geshos (Mecca Espresso’s) and Simon Cancio (Luxe). This means that it serves good coffee and awesome baked goods. I love the space. The bakery and cafe is bright, open space with high ceilings. There are outdoor tables, counter tables with swinging stools. It is inviting and who can resist the aromatic freshly baked breads?
I love the fitout. It is simple, rustic and without the clutter. The menu is small but sufficient. It is, after all, about the coffee and the baked goods.
This place serves coffee at the right temperature. The flat white is well made and very enjoyable. The barista takes pride in each cup of coffee and does not rush even under pressure. This is a skill lacking in many cafes around Sydney which ends up in inconsistencies. I won’t say that Brickfields serves the best coffee but it is delightful and a cafe that I return over and over again.
This ham croissant is seriously good. Bourke Street Bakery definitely has good competition for my croissant money now. The croissant is buttery but not offensive, it’s flaky but melts in the mouth and light and totally addictive that once cannot stop but want to have another.
I was indulgent as well and ordered the fried eggplant with soft boiled egg, tahini and a generous lashing of zhoug. Zhoug is a green harissa but as spicy hot. It is packed with earthy herbs and other spices. I love the puckiness of the pickles and it’s perfection on the toasted sourdough. I love this Middle Eastern dish. It is a breath of fresh air from the usual cafe dishes. More of this please!
If you are in search of a simple and unpretentious cafe, then you will this at Brickfields. Chippendale is very fortunate to have this local bakery and cafe. And I am fortunate enough that is is just a short cycle away.
206 Cleveland Street, Chippendale Tel: 02 9698 7880
Monday to Friday, 7am-3pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8am-4pm