First off, I do not generally go to the Bankstown area for brunch (not when I know there could be pho or tabouleh to be had), so I was somewhat pleasantly surprised to discover this charming little eatery on Chapel Rd.
Finding it is half the challenge
After following my smart phone directions to the location and securing the perfect parking spot exactly at the place google maps announces my arrival, I was completely flummoxed. Did Glacage close down and get replaced by a chocolate shop? were my friends lying to me? Turns out that this place is not hard to find. If you find yourself on the sidewalk on Chapel road, look to the left of the chocolate shop and walk down a narrow (and my over-active imagination thought - slightly derelict-looking) pathway and you will find it next to House of Thai.
A slice of paradise in the city
If paradise was a brunch place, this is what it would look like. This place was beautifully decorated. Intricate Middle Eastern-style lamps lined the ceiling were predominantly decorative as the cafe was designed to have natural light streaming in. The addition of decorative plants and of colourful mosaic tables as well as wooden benches gave the whole place the vibe of an exotic garden party. It was a humid day and fans were running, but a pleasant cross breeze that floated through the open-style cafe gave a feeling of oasis as we sat and sipped our tea.
While the Asian fusion inner west brunch places are still battling over the best way to add kimchi to their dishes, Glacage brings us Middle Eastern fusion. While the menu will cover your everyday hipster breakfast needs (such as muesli, quinoa porridge and acai bowls), it also boasts menu items such as baba ganoush toastie, shakshuka and middle eastern board.
I ordered the Shaksuka - eggs poached in a spiced tomato sauce with sujuk (which a more knowledgeable brunch companion told me was a type of sausage). The other sides of the table ordered the Middle Easter board, and we unanimously left the table satisfied.