With the industrial roots of Marrickville have come some great additions to cafe suburbia. Around the corner from the resident favourite, the Bourke St Bakery, is the Double Roasters', a cafe that nicely epitomises Marrickville for me.
Situated on the corner of Sydenham and Victoria Street, Double Roasters' exudes an eco-friendly green/wooden colour palette on first sighting, which pleasantly matches the crowd of young families and resident coffee addicts. But it's the little touches that make this cafe seem to embrace the industrial backdrop of Marrickville so well. Outside in the courtyard is an old school single-hinged Qantas umbrella, a fixie bike, a make-shift wall of milk crates, quirky souvenir spoons and plenty of other orderly mismatched junk made to fit the space so effortlessly.
We sit at a table for two and it appears that the waiters are the nicest I've encountered. They go out of their way to help with any requests and so we gladly start off with a cappuccino and a soy latte, as well as order a Corn and Zucchini Fritters with Poached Egg and Avocado, and a Poached Chicken Sandwich for some early morning brunch.
The Poached Chicken Sandwich does not disappoint. There is some sort of magical sauce (presumably some sort of aioli-like concoction) which makes the sandwich irresistibly succulent, complementing two of my favourite sandwich ingredient staples: avocado, and tomato. It certainly leaves a nice buzz in my mouth and a slight drool down the corners of my lips.
Corn and Zucchini Fritters w/ Poached Egg and Avocado
I manage to steal a quick nibble of my friend's fritter, and I silently tick the checklist of cafes in my head that fit the criteria for knowing how to make a good poached egg. This one is balanced perfectly between raw and overdone, flowing with a warm velvety yolk of silky melt-in-your-mouth goodness.
The fritters themselves are also a delight, possibly because I just love anything with kernels of corn, as they add this unique sweetness and crunch to the dish which is a refreshing feeling. And it all goes down smoothly with one of the best cappuccinos I've ever had, a rare compliment considering that I consider the humble cappuccino truly an artform in the war against the acid pumping franchises of today.
I think Marrickville is beginning to grow on me. With a unique vibe of laid back with industrial undertones, this is an urban suburbia that I probably wouldn't mind settling into, and if they keep coming up with cafes like this, sign me up.
Rating: four and a half wheeled fixie tandem bikes out of five.