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Published January 24th 2016
Update July 13th 2016
This cafe has re-opened as Goldfish Coffee and will be having regular pop-up shops and a South American Barbeque.
Address: 89 Parraween Road, Cremorne
Update February 2nd 2016
Update: This cafe has closed along with its associated businesses. No further information was available at the time of this update.
Coffee aficionados will be impressed by the selection
On an unseasonably cold and rainy Sydney summer morning, my 'let's do breakfast' husband and I made a conscious effort to visit this cute little cafe a few doors from the Cremorne Orpheum theatre. Having passed it on many occasions, it was time we discovered what was on the other side of the threshold.
It appears to be small, but appearances can be deceiving. At first, we see one communal table with six stools, and a bench along the opposite wall with several more stools. There's enough room for a walkway down one side. Outside, on the sidewalk, are two much bigger tables that would accommodate 4-6 per table. At first, it was quiet, but then it was early and who would want to come out in the rain.
First impressions on the size were wrong. This place goes on and on. There's a funky courtyard with pot plants, brollies and murals. Taking a few steps beyond the front section revealed even more. Bread and Butter's entrance is on Parraween Street. Walk through the courtyard and you soon find yourself in Side Car, a Wild West American style bar with leather Chesterfield couches, low coffee tables and a well stocked cocktail bar. This morning it was used for breakfast overflow, but I'd like to bring my girlfriends here for lunch or afternoon drinks.
Head upstairs to seek out the bathroom and you will stumble in to Sweeney's a real, working Barber Shop. Sweeney Todd was a fictional Demon Barber of London's Fleet Street and the subject of many a melodrama and movie. The décor turns the clock back 100 years. The vintage chairs have definitely been dug up and restored, probably from a tip or furniture recyclers. If you didn't know the story of Sweeney Todd, you'd think you were on a Calamity Jane movie set. I wouldn't bat an eyelid if John Wayne sauntered in wearing cowboy boots with spurs.
Once the haircut is complete clients can top off the new look with an outfit from the clothing store within the barber shop. As hubby was waiting downstairs for dutiful wife who'd just gone for a 'quick look around', I wasn't sure I should start shopping for clothes. Shame as the jeans and casual tee shirts looked good and the prices displayed looked even better.
I needn't have hurried as he'd struck up a conversation with a man who'd joined our communal table. It was if they'd known each other for years and weren't in a hurry for me to break up their conversation.
By the way, you can buy food and coffee here too. The breakfast menu is extensive and full of things that sound great. They say the "proof of the pudding is in the eating". We ate well! My Holy Goat scrambled eggs on toast was beautifully cooked and full of flavour, and Sir's pea and corn fritters with avocado, etc and lots of crispy bacon was just as good.
The coffee at Bread and Butter is an art form. The guys take it very seriously, offering a menu selection of beans from exotic places like Guatemala and Vanuatu that are roasted by specialist local coffee roasters and then prepared using a selection of brewing methods. Reading the menu is an education in itself. For those who order it with milk, you have your regular skim and full cream choices as well as Soy or Almond milk.
Pea & Corn Fritters with Avocado & Bacon
Holy Goat Scrambled Eggs
I ordered Tea for a change and was pleasantly surprised when I was told it needed to brew for four minutes and would be delivered shortly, and that I could have top ups as and when required.