I'm surrounded by textures and aromas. The unmistakable scent of fresh coffee hits me first. The coffee bush, rosemary and mixed herbs that line the edges of the steps and outdoor space immediately soften the industrial position. As I enter Roastville Coffee on busy Victoria Road, Marrickville, I immediately relax. It's 10am on a Friday and the airy, converted warehouse space is filled with gentle light. I'm drawn in by high planter boxes overflowing with ferns, the raw wooden floorboards, unique chipboard-lined walls, and a huge platter of bush lemons. Plus the display of delicious-looking treats in the food cabinet is like a lighthouse showing me the way in.
I find a seat near the large glass windows that overlook the relaxing outdoor space. The smell has got me and I immediately order a flat white, sipping the strong brew contentedly whilst perusing an intriguing and appealing menu. Breakfast is all day and the list is extensive, including Tropical Chia Pudding, with mango, berries, passionfruit, toasted coconut and banana chips, $14.90; or Overnight Bircher, with turmeric tea-poached pear, fresh berries, yoghurt, seeds and macadamia granola, bee pollen, $13.90. I'd left home early for the drive across town so was quite ravenous by this time. I choose the Banana Hotcakes, with brown butter sauce, fresh banana and ricotta, sprinkled with paleo granola $17.00. They arrive promptly, hot and thick fluffy pancake-type 'cakes' are topped with warm sliced banana, a sweet toffee-like sauce, tart, smooth ricotta, and a tasty crunchy granola sprinkled over the top adds just the right contrast of texture. It's really delicious and what a shame it's so filling as I'm still ogling the sweet treats in front of me.
banana hotcakes topped with banana, brown-butter sauce, ricotta and granola
The lunch menu includes house smoothies - one for peanut butter lovers, a 'super slicker', or a 'green detox'. There's an appealing 'Brunch Plate' - hot smoked apple-wood salmon, avocado, beetroot paste, house labne, mixed salad and zucchini quinoa falafel $21,00; Roast Cauli Salad with zucchini, radish, cress, babaganoush, and toasted chickpea crumb $14.00; or Sousvide Chermoula Chicken Salad, with avocado, red rice, grilled corn, fetta and toasted pecans $17,00. The Kimchi Waffle with fried chicken, siracha, kewpie mayonnaise, rocket, and decorated with shaved parmesan, $18.00 is one of their most popular dishes and is a work of art.
Also on offer are ready-made wraps of smoked salmon and salad, chicken, avo and salad, and catering perfectly to the surrounding factory workers, a take-away option of a 'Workman's Burger and Chips" $15.00. The Children's Menu includes waffles, banana splits, or vanilla bean gelato ranging from $3 - $10.00. A range of black and herbal teas is also available.
George has been in the restaurant trade for over 20 years, and Roastville Coffee is his most recent endeavour. Established on busy Victoria Road, Roastville Coffee is firstly a wholesale coffee roasters, supplying outlets across Sydney as well as retailing through the coffee shop. Sourcing beans from around the world, George enjoys the roasting process as it allows him to control all the variables that happen in the bean-to-cup process and also to create his own seasonal house blend.
why not pick up some freshly roasted coffee to take home with you
Roastville Coffee is a unique, creative and inviting space that delivers something special to the area. The hour I've spent here has been very sensory, from when I walked through the front door, to the food and décor, and the smiling, attentive staff have made it a very pleasant experience. On a week day, it was a little challenging to find parking on a busy road, however, on weekends when the nearby factories are closed, there would be ample to choose from and worth the drive from anywhere in Sydney. The open space and large dining table option also makes it a great venue for groups and families.