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Published September 11th 2014
Bunk down for some serious coffee (and evesdropping)
The Bunker is tucked away in one of Darlinghurst's little side streets. On a Sunday morning, its tables are spread across the footpath to catch the most amount of sun. For such a busy café, it's surprisingly calm.
I wandered past on my way to Oxford Street. Seeing the packed tables and getting the scent of good coffee, I had to go in. Or more precisely out – on a sunny morning the long wooden tables of the Bunker are too inviting to ignore. A nearby tree provides just the right amount of shade for warming sun.
It's obviously loved by locals. Sitting reading a book I was able to eavesdrop in a blatant fashion, and I did. There were conversations about everything from Dr Who to the right disciplinary habits to take with your dog. My fellow diners provided just the right sort of entertainment.
The coffee is excellent. I had been looking keenly for good coffee in the area and had to restrain myself from a third.
The food was also good, but my selection of a bacon roll was the wrong choice. It was nice enough, but seeing my neighbours receiving three homemade crumpets dolloped with ricotta and jam made my envy meter go through the roof. The house jam was visibly chunky and the sweet smell made my mouth water.
The Bunker may send the wrong signals to anyone a bit over hip cafés, but be assured it's got the right sentiments at heart. Good food and great coffee make this relaxed, sunny spot an ideal place to stop for a weekend breakfast.