A marketing coordinator that enjoys reviewing in her spare time. Living in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney - on the brink of something fabulous!
Published January 2nd 2013
Coffee, food and books rolled into one
Located right next to the patch of grass outside the Surry Hills Library on Crown Street is Ampersand. Yes, the 'and' symbol &. What a wonderful name for a cafe; & it's a bookshop to boot.
With a generous breakfast menu that includes the healthy 'breakfast bowl' of berry crumble, rice pudding, bircher museli, fresh fruit and yoghurt; the 'morning after breakfast' - suitable for those recovering from a big night out and consisting of bacon, eggs, mushrooms, sausage, tomato and toast; the standard eggs done a multiple of ways and the trendy corn fritters, along with banana bread, mushrooms, their speciality hash, and a bunch of other yummies - you'll be sure to find something that takes your fancy.
Freshly squeezed juices are available and the hot chocolates and mochas are made with Lindt chocolate, which makes them rich and delicious.
Their lunch menu is just as enticing with burgers, sandwiches, salads and mezzes.
At 12:30pm on a Sunday, we were yet to have breakfast so I opted for the Mediterranean Breakfast stack with poached eggs, tomato, spinach, haloumi, pesto and toast sitting on a sweet balsamic. It really hit the spot and the salty and sweet flavours meshed well.
The service was friendly albeit a bit slow, but sitting in the sun on buzzy Crown Street you don't think too much about it as you people watch.
A box of pre-loved books sits outside the cafe and are for sale and bargain prices. Inside, a lot more books await you but we were in a rush so dined, paid and dashed out into the summer sun for the afternoon.