John Smith Cafe in Waterloo offers full-sized breakfasts and a great selection of their famous bennys (eggs benedict with housemade hollandaise sauce). Even on a wet Sunday,, there was a queue of customers waiting to be seated owing to the limited seating area inside. When I see a queue happy to wait, I always know it must be worth waiting for.
We were lucky enough to get a booth which we much preferred over the seating near the window (only because it was overlooking the busy Botany road). The spread of baked goodies and desserts displayed in a sliding glass cabinet in the middle of the cosy cafe doesn't go unnoticed. From tarts to cakes and friands, they make a better view than the passing cars on the street.
This coffee galore offers the usual coffee options along with the cold drip varieties. The wet weather didn't make it a cold drip kind of day, so we stuck to the regulars and it ticked all the boxes. Rebel Roasters are the coffee suppliers and I'd give them a big green tick for the coffee.
John Smith Cafe's most popular item is their famous Bennys, which is 2 slices of sourdough toast, 2 poached eggs served with house-made hollandaise and a choice of beef, salmon, bacon, halloumi, avocado or truffle oil roasted mushrooms. For $19, this makes a good big breakfast and is perhaps what brings the crowds back time and again.
There are plenty of vegetarian options and non-egg options as well. Getting to about brunch time, their burger menu opens up another host of options. The halloumi burger with roasted sweet potato mash and pesto was a cracker dish.
This place has seriously good brekky, good portions, great coffee and good value as well. Nothing to fault and well worth a visit. With not too many cafes in the vicinity, it is easy to miss if you aren't looking out for it carefully, so keep an eye out for John Smith the next time you feel like a great breakfast or brunch cafe.