Sydney based foodie with a bad case of the travel bug. Visit my blog for my travels, food reviews and recipes at www.house-in-tillford.com/
Published June 6th 2017
Espresso Warriors in Parramatta was an Instagram find. I sent a screenshot of the delicious 'grams to my friend and said we needed to add it to our list of places to try and she informed me it's actually a new café opened up right next door to my hairdresser- perfect! A lunch and haircuts date was set and I arrived at the café promptly at noon on Saturday and was able to get a table for two outside the café. I also realised I had tried the Mt Druitt branch of the café which I had actually found underwhelming so was a little worried that lunch would be a miss.
Espresso Warriors is located within Westfield Parramatta, close to the Event Cinema. It's a pretty cute set up and was fairly busy for a new café. A quick browse of the menu and I decided to try Polenta Poutine from the snack because I was curious how polenta would work in a traditionally potato based dish. I also got the pistachio milkshake. My friend who was hungrier than me went for the potato rosti with poached eggs, bacon and broccolini.
My thickshake arrived first and it was quite nice. I could definitely taste the pistachio but I was also expecting a bit of rose flavour as described in the menu but couldn't detect it all. It wasn't too long before the mains arrived and we were pleased with their aesthetics, hence a solid few minutes of taking pictures of our food and trying to nail the perfect flat lay.
I tried a polenta chip sans gravy and cheese first. It had a perfect crunch but was a little underseasoned and my friend was disappointed that it wasn't very fluffy on the middle, however, when you paired it with the gravy and cheese (which is how it is meant to be eaten) it is perfect, as the other elements add the seasoning and extra crunch of the polenta chip balances the goeey wetness of the gravy and cheese. For a snack, it was a big serving and I would recommend it as a shared entrée because it is very indulgent and I could not finish the whole dish. My friend also enjoyed her dish. The rosti was thin and crispy, however she was a little turned off my the oil sitting at the bottom of her plate. Obviously this little café is not for 'clean eaters' (at least the dishes we ordered were not) but it was tasty fare.
Espresso Warriors also has a tempting and indulgent dessert menu (battered and fried Oreos anyone? Maybe a fried Gaytime?) and we had planned to go back for desserts after our haircuts but unfortunately our haircuts took so long that by the time our hair was done the café was closed. We will have to go back, or maybe I will give Mt Druitt another chance now that Parramatta has delivered.