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Brewtown Newtown Cafe

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by Praneel Lal (subscribe)
'I'm a foodie, fashionista and freelance copywriter. Follow me on twitter and instagram @neelsmcgee email on praneel_lal@hotmail.com'
Published August 30th 2015
Where will you find the best Cronuts in Sydney?
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Delicious array of cronuts and donuts @ Brewtown Newtown (photo by @neelsmcgee)


A breath of fresh air in the area of Newtown Sydney is none other than Brewtown Newtown. What is it? Do you ask. It is an eclectic mix of a retail centre, coffee brew bar, micro roastery and a cafe to boot. Using the full capacity of its premises, this venue truly highlights the creative and modern experimental coffee culture that has gained momentum in the last few years in Sydney's thriving inner west.

Situated on O'Connell Street in Newtown, the venue opened its doors in December 2014, and is the brainchild of Simon Triggs and Charles Cameron. Briggs and Cameron met whilst working at Toby's Estate, they both then left to pursue their own independent coffee boutiques and waited for a chance to combine their efforts. Their prayers were answered once Berkelouw Books shut its doors in September 2014 and the space became available for the coffee experts to open their cafe. Brewtown Newtown was born.

The exterior of the coffee and retail hub is quite simple and keeps to the minimalist feel once you walk into the venue. Upon entry you will be greeted by an array of smells, including organic coffees and sugary cronuts.

Now there may be some of you out there that do not know what a cronut is. A cronut is a hybrid mix that came about from New York, which takes the humble croissant and combines it with crowd-favourite donut (hence cro-nut). Brewtown provides these delicious treats daily as they are baked fresh in-house (never fear, there are more upstairs next to O'Connell St Merchants - the retail space run by Triggs missus) and the array of flavours is impressive.

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Delicious array of cronuts and donuts @ Brewtown Newtown (photo by @neelsmcgee)


Flavours such as Golden Gaytime - yes just like our iconic Aussie ice-cream - Bounty, Blood Orange, Salted Caramel and Cherry Ripe are all present and accounted for along with Milo just to name a few. There are also some wacky flavours like Lemon Myrtle and Lycée. Their acclaimed cronuts are crowd pleasers, hence you will find there is usually a line out the door every weekend.

I decided to grab one (maybe two) myself to see what all the fuss was about......safe to say it was the best decision ever, from an indulgence point of view, not so much a health point of view. I ordered the Gaytime and having finished lunch in the cafe downstairs I decided to save the cronut for home where I shared it with a friend. We were both in our element. The coating on the cronut was spot on to a Golden Gaytime and was a perfect dessert option to our lunch time meal.

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Exterior @ Brewtown Newtown (photo by @neelsmcgee)


However, back to the vicinity of Brewtown Newtown, we were promptly seated after about a ten minute wait, at the long rustic bar that gives patrons, such as us, a full view of the barristers in action.

Now for the coffee lovers out there, Brewtown offers two custom blends for its espresso coffee: the Casablanca for milk-based drinks and Metropolis for black. There is also filter coffee which can be offered hot, brewed in the Steampunk, or cold-brewed, which is stored in canisters and served on tap. There is also a selection of teas that range from about $4 a pot.

Opting for the Casablanca to start my lunchtime experience, I scanned the menu and decided for a lighter lunch option of the Poached chicken salad with quinoa, roasted cauliflower, pistachio, zucchini ribbons whilst my friend decided on the Prosciutto, fig and goats cheese salad.

The meals took about twenty minutes to come out, which in some restaurants (if you are starving) can be quite frustrating, however time seemed to fly as there were so many good distractions at the cafe to take our mind off our hunger. The interior design of the warehouse conversion is creative, in that it mixes its nostalgic brickwork with modern furniture and the high ceilings make for a nice open space yet intimate ambience.

The coffees came out first and they were perfectly roasted and the aroma was enticing. Mine was creamy without feeling heavy and it was inevitable that I was going to order a second cup.

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Interior @ Brewtown Newtown (photo by @neelsmcgee)


Our lunches came out consecutively and were easy on the eye and flavoursome on the palate. My chicken was poached perfectly and was matched with the quinoa, salad sides and dressing. My friends dish created a unique taste of saltiness from the prosciutto and the sweetness of the fig and brought together by the goats cheese that provided a creamy after taste to each mouthful. Overall a fantastic lunch option that was kind to the waistline.

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Poached Chicken Salad @ Brewtown Newtown (photo by @neelsmcgee)


You cannot leave Brewtown Newtown without heading upstairs and taking a sneak peak at O'Connell St Merchants. Here you will see a great collection of items for sale from local designers. Items range from stylish homewares, eyewear and clothing. After you have taken a look around your eyes will most definitely catch the pastry kitchen selling cronuts (yes they sell them upstairs too. There is no escape).

Brewtown Newtown is a space that is here for long haul and having brought something new to the area is a plus. Head over to Brewtown and check out the hybrid space for yourself.


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Fig & Goats Cheese Salad @ Brewtown Newtown (photo by @neelsmcgee)
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Why? Delicious lunch options and Cronuts to die for!
When: 8am - 4pm Monday - Sunday
Phone: 02 9519 2920
Where: 6-8 O'Connell St, Newtown NSW 2042
Cost: Reasonable for quality food
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