Anvil Coffee Co is a café in the industrial area of Artarmon serving all day breakfast and lunch to many a weekday worker. It is now open Saturdays as well for both dining in and takeaway. It's rustic-chic warehouse look fits right in with the area surrounded by hardware stores, auto repair shops and TV studios.
The food is made in-house and the coffee comes in various forms from filtered coffee to espresso and cold drip. Unusual flavour combinations can be found in both the food and beverages, for example, you'll find Arabian poached eggs paired with Greek yoghurt, chilli and lemon juice burnt butter plus mint on sourdough and for juice, there's the Redder consisting of beetroot, apple, pear and ginger.
My partner and I arrived at midday and tried a couple of their lunch items. Hubby chose the Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Moroccan spices, pearl couscous, pickled kohlrabi and yoghurt. The generous portions of lamb were tender and tasty and he wiped his plate clean eating every single one of those pearl balls. Delicious and filling was the verdict.
Anvil aims to fill the bellies and doesn't like people leaving and wanting more. This was also evident with my meal. I went with the huge House Cheeseburger with grass-fed beef, pickles and salad, onion jam, jack cheese and American mustard. It was juicy and delish as well. I couldn't even fit in a coffee or cake, which is unusual for this sweet toother.
A delight - the juicy and flavoursome house cheeseburger
Other items on the menu include avocado on toast, granola, porridge, pulled pork buns and sandwiches, all with interesting flavour add-ins and prices ranging from $6.50 to $19.00. Drinks include coconut water, kombucha and strange love tonics.
The service comes from friendly faces and the delivery is timely whilst the décor is in earthy tones of tan with the industrial represented in pieces of wartime-era machinery, such as the one-tonne drill below. Open and airy, plants adorn shelves and walls and a wonderful vibe is felt. It's a great place for time out to relax, grab a bite to eat and catch up with a friend, as demonstrated by the steady stream of patrons flowing through the doors whilst we were there.