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Published September 15th 2018
Ristretto & Co is a recent addition to Liverpool's eateries that serves up simple, flavoursome food in a casual environment and reminds me a lot of Melbourne with its laneways and street art. Nestled next to the plaza, this cafe is unassuming with a very natural feel to it.
As you enter, you pass the coffee machine and front counter to walk down a laneway-like area to tables and chairs, getting rustic and hipster vibes in the decor tones and quirky art surrounding the kitchen that looks like a food truck.
It was for lunch that we arrived one warm day, however, breakfast is an all-day affair here and it was from this menu selection my cafe buddy chose the Corn and Zucchini Fritters. Coming with tomato and avo salsa, poached egg, rocket and roast garlic aioli, it was a well-presented dish and a delight with the batter of the fritter being nice and light.
Other breakfast items include favourites like Eggs Benny, Monster Bacon & Egg Roll, Acai bowls, Artisan toast and savoury croissants, to name but a few.
My choice from the lunch menu was the Chicken Panini, a hint to the owner's Italian heritage. Full of chicken breast, provolone cheese, tomato, rocket pesto and a chilli mayo, it hit the spot. The mayo had just the right amount of 'kick' to it and the accompanying sweet potato crisps added some crunch.
Other options for lunch include Angel Hair Pasta with Spanner crab and cherry tomatoes, Tuna Nicoise Salad, Quinoa Poached Chicken Salad and various burgers. Vegetarians are catered for as well and so are children.
Both of our meals went down well with our liquid refreshments, a watermelon juice and a mixed berry smoothie. Cool and invigorating.
There's also milkshakes, soft drinks, mineral water, iced lattes and mocha rounding out the cold drinks whilst hot drinks include Campos coffee with the ability to add Lindt chocolate (sounds yum to me) or Chai.
Last but certainly not least, was something sweet. We shared the warm triple choc brownies with vanilla ice cream dusted in chocolate. They were the perfect ending to our catch-up.
Decadent waffles, house-baked muffins and carrot cake are some of the other dessert options available that will satisfy a sweet toother.
Check out their Facebook page for more delicious menu items.
Pricing is very reasonable with breakfast items ranging from $5 for Artisan toast up to $23 for their Big Breaky, whilst lunch items are from $12 for Paninis to $18 for the Spanner crab Angel Hair pasta.
Open 7 days (times below), with attentive service and all of the above, Ristretto & Co ticks all the boxes and makes for a great inclusion in Western Sydney's cafe scene.