A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published July 20th 2016
See how Penshurst plates up
Honestly, Penshurst was never a place that sprung to mind when brainstorming where to brunch. Thanks to a friend who'd eyed down the cafe scene here for a while, I finally popped my Penshurst cafe cherry with a visit to Short Black Espresso Bar, and discovered it has an impressive crowd come weekend.
Not keeping with the theme - a Mocha at Short Black
This suburban cafe is rather snug, and turns out it's been a success here for a number of years. The alfresco, street-side seating was entirely full when we visited and we managed to score one of two remaining free tables inside. With timber flooring, and a variety of books and trinkets like a vintage typewriter across the shelves, it presented as inviting and homely.
The menu appears to have a European influence, especially from the Mediterranean. From the squiz I had across the long list of options, there's quite the variety too. The breakfast menu has a range from sweet dishes like museli and chia pudding, to hearty savoury options with variations of eggs, bacon, tomato, chorizo, mushroom, and more.
We saw a halloumi breakfast special on the board ($18.50) which really tickled our fancy. However judging from the sizes of the breakfast meals on surrounding tables we made the executive decision to share. Just as well, as four sausages, three pieces of sourdough, two fried eggs, two tomatoes, and the rest, would have been just a bit much for one of us this morning.
Halloumi special breakfast
The saltiness of the halloumi, parmesan-topped sausages, and saturated tanginess of the olives divinely hit the spot. If you're also fan of this spectrum of Mediterranean flavour, you're in for a treat. The plain sourdough and sweetness of the tomato formed the right balance to these, and overall, one delicious feed.
Keeping the cafe true to its name, short black coffees are on the menu, so are your range of other caffeinated favourites. If you're in a need of a generous fix, you may get your coffee in mug form. The mocha was creamy and also generous with the chocolate. I learnt from my friend's order that a chai latte comes with your choice of more or less cinnamon for spice.
Head on down to Short Back in Penshurst for a good cuppa, brekkie, or lunch date. From what I saw, they have some good looking burgers. Enjoy the buzz of this place, along with your little taste of the Mediterranean. Check out the rest of the food menu here.