Sitting on the iconic Norton Street within Sydney's "Little Italy' community, Leichhardt Espresso is a vibrant and popular cafe. They serve all-day breakfast, a delicious lunch menu, strong Campos Coffee and a good range of fresh juices, smoothies and shakes!
It was clearly a busy institution. There was a long queue for takeaway coffee but the staff were all friendly, efficient and patient. We were greeted with a smile and the menu soon followed after we sat down.
I am usually decisive, but there were way too many delectable dishes on the menu that I liked the sound of. The salmon brioche with smashed avo & ricotta on brioche toast, finished with balsamic glaze ($15.90) and the thick cut French brioche toast soaked in a special egg mix with cinnamon, strawberries & maple syrup ($17.50) were two of their many mouth-watering offerings. The 3-layers Buttermilk pancake stack with fresh banana, strawberries & maple syrup ($17.50) was another intriguing choice.
The Big Veg Brekkie ($21.50) and Nonna's Meatballs ($16.9) also sounded delicious.The price was so reasonable compared to the Eastern suburb's cafes and I wanted to try everything! It was a hard choice to make!
The staff highly recommend the Chive & Crispy Prosciutto Scramble Eggs. We went with that suggestion and we received an impressive breakfast dish. The paper-thin prosciutto was crispy and the chef arranged them artfully with edible flowers. The scramble eggs were creamy, decadent and luscious, perfect with a good crispy sourdough bread.
We also ordered one the Leichhardt Espresso's signature dishes - the famed smashed avocado bruschetta! It was topped with cherry tomatoes, crumbled Danish feta and balsamic glaze on healthy soy linseed bread. What a generous serving for only $16.90! We absolutely loved the styling and colour of this dish!
It was indeed a winner.
New York Reuben Sandwich (corned beef, sauerkraut, whiskey sour pickles, American red cheddar, thousand island dressing & American mustard on rye) $14.90
The NY Reuben sandwich was a mouthwatering cafe classic.There was a Reuben sandwich craze a year ago but not many cafes offer that anymore. My friend was excited to see this on the menu. The sandwich was grilled and cheesy and the sauerkraut added a nice tanginess.
Chicken Caesar Salad(Cos lettuce with bacon, free range egg, croutons, fresh Parmesan & a delicious aioli dressing) $17.90
Someone once said that you can judge a place by how well they make a Caesar salad. I have to agree with that statement because it is my favourite salad. My Italian friend first introduced this simple salad to me and I have been addicted ever since.
Leichhardt Espresso's Caesar Salad was deliciously flavoursome! The ingredients were aplenty. The poached chicken was soft and tender, the dressing was creamy and it was a generous serving size. I thoroughly enjoyed this but I do wish they had put anchovies in it.
It was a great sunny weekend and we lingered on with our drinks and a 'small' serving of wedges. These wedges were deliciously crispy and moreish. We stayed long enough to finish all the delicious food.
If you are looking for a relaxed cafe with friendly local atmosphere, good Italian coffee and great reasonably priced food, look no further than Leichhardt Espresso! It is perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch. It is a conveniently located directly opposite the Norton Plaza.
Leichhardt Espresso seriously created a huge dilemma for me, as there were several items on the menu I could have chosen. I have deep regret that I did not save room for a finger-licking Nutella & oreo cronut. I now need to make this a regular haunt so that I can eat my way through the menu.