John Smith Cafe
John Smith - this is one guy you have to meet. A tiny cafe confidently facing busy Botany Road with its equally confident name blazoned across the signage.
Quirky is the name and quirky is their style. Herbed pot plants on tables, vegetables as table decorations, brightly striped booths and recycled beer bottles used for water is what you will find in this John Street cafe.
I have often passed John Smith as I have travelled home along Botany Road and made a mental note to check out this vibrant looking cafe one day. One day did arrive, lucky for me, on a sunny Sunday morning. We walked into a cafe comfortably full with the only space left being the bench top close to the barista and the bustling kitchen. We didn't mind.
The seriously friendly staff were extremely attentive to our needs and ensured we were not forgotten. They pride themselves on knowing their coffee and serving speciality coffee. We were asked what our preference in coffee was and it was confidently suggested what we would like. My perfect espresso arrived promptly with a genuine interest from the waiter in what I thought of his choice. "Just right" was my reply.
Now onto the most important question for a Sunday morning... what to eat? showcases a really lovely selection of dishes on their breakfast menu. So lovely in fact, we couldn't decide what to have. A vegan medley of assorted mushrooms teamed with burnt sage, shallots and toasted almonds was my friends' choice which was kindly amended to accommodate her vegan needs. They very happily removed the hard cheese and butter without any fuss, which for all the vegans out there can be a difficult ask for the patron and a difficult task for the chef.
Whilst I couldn't go past the smashed avocado with spicy salsa and goats cheese. The salsa was just the right amount of sweet and spicy which perfectly complimented the creaminess of the avocado and the decadence of the cheese. This was one of those meals you don't want to end and would easily lick the plate if it was acceptable in public or if no-one was looking.
All good things come to an end so as we bid John Smith farewell after thoroughly enjoying our meals and coffees, we couldn't help but notice the queue which was out the door now. We were lucky to get in when we did. Popular fellow.
206772 - 2023-06-16 05:53:12
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