Something For Jess is a breath of fresh air in a Sydney cafe culture that's regurgitating clones of cafes week after week. This unassuming Chippendale cafe is set in a cozy space with an open kitchen that could fool you into thinking you're at home. With doors wide open, ladders leaning against walls with blackboard menus, and fresh flowers on every table, Something For Jess emulates country chic in the heart of the city.
We sit down, read the paper while sipping on coffee, and order our food with the über-friendly staff. The coffee by Five Senses is excellent. And I hear the juices are great, so I'll have to come back for those. There's also a white chocolate affogato on one of the blackboards that's tempting me.
Featured on blackboards, the short menu at Something For Jess changes frequently, focusing on fresh produce and what's in season. There are also ready-made sandwiches and freshly baked muffins and friands by the kitchen.
I order the potato hotcakes with beetroot, zucchini, roasted macadamia, grilled haloumi, fresh radish and salsa verde. The hotcakes are doughier than I expected, but this is mostly because I was expecting something more along the likes of a potato roesti or a hash brown. Regardless, I like that there's sweetness from the sweet potato hotcakes and a complementing saltiness from the haloumi. The dishes are unpretentious and rustic in their presentation. I love how everything is about simplicity and freshness.
The hot dog with housemade chilli jam, creamy corn puree, vintage cheddar, fresh tijuana salsa, pickled white cabbage and housemade guacamole is right on the money. There's a spicy kick from the chilli jam and crunch from the pickled cabbage. The flavours speak for themselves, but it's a bit difficult to eat. We end up dismantling it with a knife and fork.