A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published March 11th 2018
Everything from Clean and Green to 'Treat Yo Self'
Brought to you by the guy who started Foodies in Sans Souci, is Cup & Cook in another waterside 'burb, this time Kyle Bay. It's fresh, brings a bit of city sophistication to this quiet neighbourhood, and is all for long lavish lunches and the lazy food-lover inside.
Find this cafe in the former location of The Vintage Goose. The interior has the same structure however the decor has undergone a makeover; from retro home decked out in knick knacks you might find at your Pop's in the country, to clean and green as the eats on the menu.
In 2017, manager and top people-person Matt Oxenham established Cup & Cook with mate and chef Charles Di Marco, who's worked in 2/3-hatted Sydney restaurants. Similarly to the Sans Souci establishment, a laid-back neighbourhood space has been turned into somewhere that locals and foodies from afar can mosey on in for a bite of something good.
Food-wise there's a little gourmet something for everyone. I'm talking fresh, quality ingredients in takeaway and dine-in dishes alike. The poached salmon wrap pictured below was the perfect takeaway treat after a workout. Complete with cucumber, avocado and dill it had a refreshing dose of greens with the melt-in-mouth salmon.
To-go with the wrap, I had one of Cup & Cook's cold-press juices; the 'green goodness' with a refreshing combo of pineapple, apple, cucumber, kale, lime and mint. If you dine in, juices and smoothies come in generous jars. In-house, I tried the 'roger rabbit' to try and nip a bug in the bud. A mix of all the great home remedy ingredients - ginger, turmeric, orange, lemon and carrot - this did the trick. Not to mention a fun, zesty taste.
Find whatever thirst-quencher you may be feeling on the extensive list of drinks. There's everything from clean and green to treat yo'self. From herbal teas and freshly squeezed juices like the above, to acai brekkie smoothies, to indulgent Nutella and Gaytime thickshakes.
True to the name, you can expect a good cuppa coffee here too. While many cafes indorse a favourite roaster, like Campos, Matt likes to bring the aromas of different guest roasters into his establishment. At the time of writing this, black coffee beans from Proud Mary in Melbourne (origins in Honduras) were being blended with in-house milk. As the beans change, be treated to new coffee experiences with subsequent visits.
A similar variety - from lean to lavish - can be found across Cup & Cook's selection of dishes. An all-day dining menu means lucky locals can roll out of bed anytime and have their favourite breakfast foods. Fancy egg, done in your favourite way? Or a good old sourdough and avo? I tried the latter with feta as my choice of extra.
Yes, you can build your own brekkie from the list of condiments, from bacon and salmon, to cheeses, to kale. And yes, the avo was fresh and creamy with the feta adding a crisp salty contrast. If clean and green is the order of the day, the vegan Power Veg Bowl (including but not limited to quinoa tabouleh, kraut, and broccolini) may be for you. Or the Seared Salmon Salad.
If you're looking for lavish on the other hand, perhaps go The Burger or Crab Flapjack, which will tantalize your tastebuds with caramelised onion and chipotle. Keep an eye out for the list of dishes on the board, for an extra special something like the aromatic chilli and seafood pasta above. This changes so, like the coffee, you can have a different experience here each time.
Cup & Cook is recommended for a quality feed and nice little something to sip on (including wine, cider, and spirits) in a neat city-like establishment which also boasts a chilled out local coffee shop atmosphere. Celebrating? Get in touch via the website, and allow the accommodating Cup community to help you arrange a special meal with delicious canapes.