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If you drive though Pyrmont, it's hard to miss the bustling corner that's home to Social Brew. This tiny cafe offers a green shelter on a busy street, with outdoor dining under the trees and lazy weekend picnics on the grass.
It's little surprise that the cafe is doggy friendly too, so it's the perfect pitstop on those healthy dog walks around town.
It's clearly a popular spot with regulars, and the suits and trade uniforms during the week morph into local families on the weekend.
The room is airy, with large open windows to transform the indoor space. The outdoor tables are shaded by the large park trees, as you can see by the sunlight dappled photos of our food. It's a pleasant escape from the city streets.
Social Brew provides picnic rugs for the grassy block adjacent if you want to lay back for a lazy brunch en famille. On the weekends, this is clearly the popular choice for the locals relaxing with their newspapers.
They do most of their own baking on site, though some of the bread is from the Bread & Butter Project, and the olive bread I had with my Breakfast Board was by far the best I've had in Sydney. Social Brew is also currently working on a 7 seed gluten free bread mix, so innovation seems to be part of their offering. Delightfully, they're flexible on substitutions, should you need vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options.
They focus on fresh, organic and free range, where possible, thinking about sustainability and flavours. The coffee comes from Allpress and the staff are all barista trained there, so you know you'll get a good coffee! The herbal tea range is more exotic than just the usual offerings, and the ginger and cinnamon tea was delicious.
Their all-day breakfast and lunch menu allows for a broad range of dining options. I ordered The Brew Brekkie Board, which had the best olive bread I've ever eaten, with thick green olive chunks, to accommodate the soft prosciutto, marinated fetta, avocado, tomatoes and the intriguing soft boiled zaatar egg. The herbs on the egg gave the simple, fresh produce a delicious sophistication.
They offer a great range of freshly made juices, but with the bonus option of 'spiking' it with gin, rum or Aperol. My Watermelon, strawberries, pear and basil concoction would have been divine with a splash of gin, had I not been driving.
While I was too full for dessert, my friend managed to select the special of the day, Cremino al Cioccolato. A sweet mix of chocolate & hazelnut mousse, salted caramel ice cream, Italian meringue and amaretti cookie crumble.
There's little wonder there's a constant flow for customers from 7am, and the buzzy vibe but relaxed setting makes for the perfect spot to while away a few hours with friends. The only difficulty is deciding what to order!