We are blessed with Cleveland's on Cleveland Street. Why so? Sydney finally has a hang out spot where we can eat, enjoy a cup of Little Marionette espresso coffee and get out hair cut and styled at the same time. Although 'The Cleveland Boys' Harry (coffee maker extraordinaire) and Pat (hair care guru) are experts at two different trades, they get on so well it is astonishing. The old school barber area is separated from the simple, chic in its own fun way cafe. The traditional hair care tools armed with diffusers, magazines and the best hair care products are all in Pat's care. It feels like a retro hair salon, yet all the modern hair care techniques are utilised. After all Pat has worked in hair in the best parts of London and Paris. It's a given, you're in really good hands here. Harry is also ex-Porteno and Little Marionette. He was a chef at some of Sydney's top restaurants before deciding to go alone.
Now the coffee is truly amazing. It is fun to watch Harry turn the espresso machine into magic. These guys are cool, calm and collected. They are experts at going with the flow. They have been hard at it for the last three months, where Harry gracefully tells me that his only day off was on the Australia Day public holiday. His energy and enthusiasm for coffee really shines.
The great thing is that you don't need to walk too far from Central train station to escape the daily grind. For bus commuters, there is a bus stop right outside. The world could just walk by while you're perched on a wooden bench enjoying some quality coffee and/or getting your hair done.
Although the barber area is divided from Harry's end by a glass partition, these boys (again in 'going with the flow') know how to help each other out. They are business partners and work really well across the different areas. For instance, Harry is adept at taking salon bookings for Pat, while Pat occasionally helps Harry by washing the dishes. Yin and yang at its coolest.
You might want a glass of red wine instead of coffee, no problem that is also covered. Never put up with sub-par coffee at hair salons again. If you're hungry, the menu (huh...what menu?) is adaptable. All day breakfast is common, yet this is not a bacon and eggs establishment. Maybe you might like a ham, cheese and tomato sandwich, or perhaps a cheese and avocado croissant. Harry is one food creative in addition to being one of Sydney's favourite baristas. He will whip up any food dish that you want with whatever ingredients he has at the time. Gee, I love these boys...not in a romantic way of course.