Writer, theatre enthusiast and foodie. Proud Mum to Humphrey Bogart the Pug.
Published May 5th 2016
Light and Bright and Full of Flavour
Residents of Sydney Park Village finally have more than one choice for a leisurely weekend brunch, thanks to the newly opened Blackbird & Co.
Inside the cafe is light and bright
Up until recently, it's been slim pickings for the hipster, coffee-loving crowd at the south end of Erko, with only The Copper Mill meeting the brief. But after taking over the two existing cafes at the bottom of the Sydney Park Village towers, the Blackbird & Co team have brought a trendy new vibe to the area.
Kim-chi cream cheese bagel
Open for breakfast from 7.30am to 11.30am and lunch until 4pm, Blackbird & Co's menu is crafty without being too out-there. We sampled the smoked salmon bagel with kim-chi cream cheese and capers, the Blackbird bennie with truffle hollandaise, ham and prosciutto crumbs, and the breakfast of champions (a huge platter of bacon, chorizo, eggs, mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach), topped off with an iced coffee (served in the obligatory mason jar).
The Blackbird 'bennie'
The bagel was loaded with cream cheese and a respectable amount of salmon. It has a little kick and it can be tricky to eat (I suggest one side at a time with your hands) but it's a great alternative to the usual brunch fair. The eggs benedict is suitably decadent (truffle oil for breakfast – yes please!) and the breakfast of champions is pretty much what it says on the box. Everything was cooked well and plated with care, and I definitely recommend adding a side of grilled haloumi to your order – very tasty.
Sadly, there are no hashbrowns on the menu, and the vegetarian options are a little limited (homemade granola with yoghurt and fruit, grilled haloumi stack, eggs on toast). Gluten-free diners don't have a lot of choice, but the chef seems relatively happy to accommodate special requests. Hopefully they will keep the menu options fresh and bring in some alternative dishes over time.
Mmmm, iced coffee
The coffee is hot, balanced, well-priced and also available as an affogato (yum). You can also choose from a nice variety of fresh juice and smoothies. There are only a couple of tea options but you can treat yourself to a cookies and cream or salted caramel milkshake (I'll definitely be going back for the latter).
The rustic, 'everything old is new again' touches are nice (they must have raided a few Vinnies for their cutlery supply) and food is served on a variety of plates and boards. There's plenty of seating (including lots of space outdoors) and the overall feeling is light and airy.
Full marks for the friendly staff. Despite it being a packed Saturday morning, we were greeted within minutes, supplied quickly with menus, and did not wait very long at all for our meals. Even our furry companion was treated to a smile (and some bacon).
The cafe also extends into the shop space next door
Being a new café in the inner west/south, Blackbird & Co is bound to suffer from the inevitable popularity surge and you may find it difficult to get a seat straight away (at least for the next month or so). If you can't get in first go, grab a takeaway coffee and go for a stroll around nearby Sydney Park to work up your appetite.