A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published February 1st 2014
Small, soothing, and scrumptious
How does a little rejuvenation from your busy world sound to you? In the heart of Oatley lies the small and soothing Scrummies boutique cafe - a place with the kind of room, coffee, food, and even retail, that form a refreshing combination.
Scrummies' Toasted Sourdough - with avocado, tomato, ricotta, and drizzled lemon oil.
The suburb of Oatley is in itself a retreat from the fast and busy Sydney city. Part of the St. George region, the suburb has been woven in between national bushland, and has many peaceful, green areas that you can relax in. The town-centre, where you will find Scrummies, does however becoming a bustling hub throughout the day.
I say that this boutique cafe is 'soothing' because of the immensely homely vibe that I felt throughout my brunch there with some friends. Scrummies combines home and deli-style of decor - in a contemporary fashion.
The cafe has a visual feast in store for you. I say this because of the various trinkets and decorative pieces placed around the room. I found myself always noticing something new - from the shelves full of home-wares and gourmet food products, to the modernised version of a chandelier, to the 'Typo' style quote covering part of the wall. Together, these items made the place feel all the more cosy and personalised.
The modern chandelier sits above Scrummies' central dining table.
Everything that you will notice on the book-cases from the moment you enter this quaint cafe is for sale. These include gourmet groceries such as spice mixes, relishes, sweet and savoury sauces, and marinated olives - one of my personal favourite snacks. There are also colourful home-ware items, such as teapots, mugs and saucers. Nothing like a little bit of retail therapy to relax you, and to then get you even more perky for the rest of the day.
Gourmet groceries and home-ware items line the bookshelves.
You will have both indoor and outdoor seating options here at Scrummies. The indoor, as I mentioned is super cosy with all the decor pieces that will surround you. There is a long centre-piece dining table extending close to the order counter. We sat along this and I loved how it really added to the home dining-room vibes. I also loved how it encourages a communal enjoyment of the small haven that Scrummies provides in the midst of Oatley.
Of course, this isn't the only seating option inside. If you'd prefer to not be potentially sharing a table with people you don't know - nothing wrong with that - there are tables, chairs, and benches by the windows. These windows, on a side note, allow the place to be flooded with bright, natural lighting. If you'd prefer to actually be seated out in natural light though, you can also do so in the front patio of the cafe.
The things that soothe us for the most part in cafes are of course the food that satisfies our hunger, the drinks that quench our thirsts, and the coffees that give us the next bout of energy for whatever else may lie in store for the day. So on that note, let me tell you that Scrummies did not disappoint at all when it came to the coffee and food that was ordered.
Scrummies coffee and healthy food.
I actually had never tried a Piccolo coffee before, and so after checking with the friendly staff about what it was, decided to give it a try (for $3.40). Turns out this was a single espresso shot served in a short glass and topped off with some steamed milk, in a similar way to a latte. It was an interesting blend of macchiato and latte flavour, but more to the point, it did perk me up quite a bit - just what we desire our cafe coffees to achieve.
In terms of food, I decided to order the Toasted Sourdough ($9.50) from their healthy-eating, aka 'Weight Watchers Friendly' menu. This was a super refreshing brunch and made me feel great afterwards. The avocado, tomato, ricotta, and lemon oil, combined to form a very fresh, flavour - the flavour of fairly unprocessed, pretty much oil-free, foods. In fact, it would probably be a good choice for anyone of you who are considering giving the 'clean eating' thing ago.
My friends ordered the Veggie Burger ($14.50) - which is also gluten free, as most foods on the menu seem to cater for. Similarly to the sourdough that I had, the bread was pretty light, while the green veggies and tomatoes were fresh and crispy. The veggie patty was interesting as it came layered with a slightly spiced salsa. This together with my meal gave me the impression that Scrummies put a focus on fresh and healthy eating - which in turn makes the food all the more cleansing and refreshing for our bodies (in a way).
So at Scrummies you have the Weight Watchers menu. Additionally depending on what time you get around to stopping by, you will either have the brekky list (until 11.30am) and lunch list (from 11.30am until 2.30pm) available to you. (where the Veggie burger comes from). Between those menus and the baked goods that tease you from behind the glass beside the bookshelves, you are sure to find just the food to hit the spot. Likewise with the drinks menu that also offers more than enough for you to find just the quencher (or caffeine-hit) that you are after - whether that be an Affogato ($5.50), a real fruit smoothie ($7.50), or even a gelato or sorbet ($3.50-$5.50).
Scrummies baked goods - muffins, banana bread, and more.
Whenever you are in need of a little, foodie-style relaxation, Scrummies is definitely one of your go-to spots. Continue your relaxation after your coffee and bite to eat by enjoying what Oatley has to offer. You can stroll through the parks, and do some further retail therapy in the many cool and cute stores that are around the area. You may even score yourself some new reads to wind-down with at Mulga Road Books.