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Published August 22nd 2017
Tasty food, great service and discount for BYO coffee cup
The north western area of Sydney has been undergoing a massive change in the last 15 years. The district of Ryde, which incorporates sixteen suburbs, has shifted its position from being an area with farms, orchards and manufacturing to a region which is home to major pharmaceutical, I.T. and telecommunications businesses. Former homes built at the end of World War Two have converted into modern, sophisticated homes and apartments. Older established shopping centres have transformed into large attractive, lively spaces drawing people across Sydney to its hub. In the midst of these changes, the West Ryde area is also undergoing a revolution from its working-class background, transforming this historic suburb into cafe central. If one were to walk the boundary of Anthony Road, West Parade and onto Victoria Road, there are numerous cafes and restaurants. Cross the rail bridge and more eateries entice the gourmet lover. The latest foodie addition in the district is Lab Kitchen.
Lab Kitchen opened its doors just one week ago and word spread quickly about this bright airy cafe. Situated on the corner of the West Ryde shopping centre, it has a lovely sunny aspect with outdoor dining overlooking the spacious plaza as well as a comfortable indoor area.
Lab Kitchen offers an all-day breakfast, with lunch available from 11.00am. I arrived for an early lunch and it was difficult to choose between the Pork Katsu Sandwich ($16) with pork tenderloin and Japanese mayo, the LK Egg Benedict ($17) with vodka-cured salmon or the LK French Toast ($15). Decisions, decisions. I love french toast so ordered their house special of brioche, mascarpone, banana, berries, salted caramel sauce and maple syrup, with the addition of tiny decorative flowers to add colour. The thick spongy brioche was absolutely delicious as were the other elements on the plate.
As well as the fresh sun-lit space, there were other notable features of this wonderful cafe. The Lab Kitchen has joined the Responsible Cafe network by offering a 50c discount to customers if you bring your own coffee cup, eliminating disposable cups. Click the link to find cafes who support reducing or eliminating this waste.
Another feature I loved about Lab Kitchen was the excellent service. The staff were attentive, friendly and very professional particularly when I asked about discounts for BYO coffee cups. The dining tables were standouts with their adjustable legs to avoid the 'wobblies'. No need for a bunch of napkins to be placed under legs so the food doesn't slide off the end. Mmm, if I had ordered the vodka-cured salmon, one noticeable feature is that I may have had the wobblies attempting to leave this establishment. But that's another story. Overall, this eatery is superb.