The ever so quaint village of Summer Hill holds the ultimate place to have a good meal, great service, one of the best cups of coffee around and enjoy the Vietnamese inspired art.
Driving into the little village, I noticed a huge banner with 2012 Winner Best Cafe Restaurant - Sydney Suburbs, Restaurant and Catering Award for Excellence and an award for the 2012 Most Outstanding Cafe. Inner West Small Business Awards, it made me feel proud as I am such a regular that I'm furniture.
The envy of Summer Hill is Envy Cafe and Gallery. I have been visiting this outstanding establishment since 2008 and enjoy my visits immensely. Walking through the main doors on the corner of Smith Street and Hardie Avenue, I have always been greeted warmly by one of the staff. They lead the way through a little corridor to the outside (I could have entered from the back).
We were seated under the breeze of the Jacaranda tree for our late breakfast and some good coffee. I love Envy, not just for the little Art Gallery by the courtyard but because there are many gluten free options to choose from. I had Vegemite on good quality gluten free toast while my husband ordered the Envy Big Breakfast. I tried some of his mushrooms …mmm very good, and as usual, my coffee was very enviable. Yes, the play on words can become tiresome.
Roberto's and Rowies both deliver the gluten free goodies that I actually said no to on that particular day, but on other days, I have to be honest and say, you really can't tell the difference between a cake/tart and a gluten free cake or tart. They are delicious.
Gallery in the Courtyard
Mid morning, mothers groups popping in to enjoy a cuppa and a bite before their daily routines. I personally had a day off and found it nice to be out on a school day rather than just a Sunday morning brunch.
Envy isn't a place to tire of, it is a place to sit, feel very welcome and enjoy the good food at a very reasonable price 7 days a week. I am known by my first name but so are many of the other patrons that visit. Homely is one way of describing the feel and so is welcome. I love it and I know that you would too. Try it on for size, Envy also caters for you parties and needs.