Three Williams is a newish cafe on Elizabeth Street in Redfern. The cafe is named after three figures of the area: William Redfern, William Chippendale and their good friend William Hutchinson. The bunker like interior is made up of bricks, wood and lots of concrete. It might be the use of these materials that make the place quite noisy with chatter bouncing off the walls. I don’t mind just as long as the food and coffee is good. But if you are looking for somewhere quiet, then this is probably not the cafe for you.
Instead of taking out my huge DSLR, I’ve borrowed Mister’s Fujifilm X-M1. What a great little camera with a feature that allows me to wirelessly transfer the photos from camera to iPhone by using the Fujifilm camera application. Very handy.
We ordered our strong flat white. The temperature is just right, the flavour is quite mild but nice. Three Williams make decent coffee. I won’t come here purposely for the coffee but at least I can enjoy my breakfast as well as satisfying my coffee addiction.
Both Mister and I shared a walnut and praline smoothie. I love the milk bottle and stripy straw that it was served in. It is not too rich or too sweet. I thought it lacked the walnut flavour but still good. Will have to try the peanut and caramel shake next time.
I ordered The Merchant ($12). It is described as fried chilli egg with crispy bacon, pickled slaw with ranch dressing on a warm brioche bun. It sounded too good to not try. The fried egg is sprinkled with chilli or paprika powder. It is not spicy enough for me and was expecting more like a wet chilli version or sambal fried egg. The bacon was not very crispy but it is quite a generous portion. The portion size is good.
The signature house made naan style flat bread with three options of fillings is one of the things that make Three Williams a touch different from other cafes. The three options are grilled prawns, fried tempeh for the vegetarians and glazed beef brisket. Mister order the glazed beef brisket option ($12). It is accompanied with slaw, gherkins ad chipotle mayo. Mister and I prefer this dish than the fried chilli egg which was pretty ordinary. The beef brisket is super tender and packed with flavour. It can be quite messy eating it with hands. And the only tiny feedback is to have the naan bread more crispy and less doughy.
I will be back to check out the salads and shared plates. Overall, I like this place and hope that they get their liquor licence soon. This means more return visits from me!
UPDATE from Instagram (25/12/2013)
We visited Three Williams yesterday with an old friend that is visiting from New York. I tried the fried tempeh narnie and absolutely love it! The pickled vegetables are just right. Love the crunch of the Indonesian crackers. The whole thing just works. Can’t wait to try the prawn and the pulled pork versions in my next trips.
Mister played it safe and had the poached eggs and peppers on toast. He loved it
And our friend had the crunchy French brioche toast with blueberries, yoghurt, roasted pecans and maple syrup. He added a side of bacon and more maple syrup. He left Sydney a very happy man.
Address: 613a Elizabeth St Redfern, Sydney Tel: (02) 9698 1111
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 7am – 4pm
URL: Three William