I was told West Juliett Cafe in Marrickville is a very popular cafe with locals and you can expect to see queues lining up for coffee, breakfast and lunch on every weekend. I was excited to try this cafe.
The cafe atmosphere was chilled and cosy at 8:30am when we first arrived. By 9:00am, the cafe was buzzing. There was a queue of hopeful diners standing out in the front waiting for a table or for their morning coffee. I was impressed with the staff's professionalism to deal with customer surges. The service remained friendly and efficient, coffees delivered quickly, beautifully presented food was also served in a reasonable time frame.
Plenty of baked goods and pastries at the front cabinet near the register. They are all baked in-house!
My friend's coffee was the first thing served and she said it had a nice creamy texture with just the right amount of coffee taste. For those who know their coffee lingo, West Juliett's coffee is roasted by Five Senses.
I was satisfied with my fresh pressed juice. It was a good, healthy drink and perfect to have on a nice sunny day. We turned our attention to the menu which offered a good selection of delicious sounding dishes. West Juliett just introduced a new menu and they have transformed the basic cafe offerings with pleasant twists.
My friend swiftly decided on the Smashed Avocado. It looked like the most popular breakfast item because we saw half of dozen of these whiz past.
Smashed Avocado $18.50 (poached eggs, roasted vine tomatoes, hazelnut, dukkah, fetta,lemon oil, watercress, toasted sourdough) plus a side of sauteed wild mushrooms $4.50
The simple avocado toast was generously topped with two poached eggs, avocado, fetta, hazelnut, dukkah, lemon oil, watercress and roasted vine tomatoes. It was more flavoursome than we expected and the dukkah was a nice touch to even out the creamy taste of the fetta. We felt adding the sauteed wild mushrooms was a good choice, as they added a nice earthy taste to the vibrant dish.
The eggs were perfectly poached and the toasted sourdough was a great base to soak up all the running yolk. There was a wonderful balance of flavour across the combination of ingredients. My friend enjoyed it greatly.
West Juliett Green Bowl $19.50 (kale, snow peas, wakame, poached salmon, edamame, sesame, spinach, avocado, wasabi vinaigrette) Add poached egg $3.00. Added a side of cured salmon $6.50
For me, the winning element was the flamed torched salmon, in true Japanese aburi style. It had a smokey taste which complemented the wasabi vinaigrette dressing nicely. The salad bowl tasted fresh and satisfying. It was a great health-conscious dish to have.
I spent a good amount of time food envying the 'waffle dessert that is good enough for breakfast'. It was one seriously epic dish consisting of one thick and fluffy waffle, stacked with berries, crushed pistachio and edible flowers. It was topped with mascarpone and drizzled with a Nutella chocolate sauce. It was so artfully presented that I wondered how one could possibly destroy this creation, but my friend certainly had no qualm messing it up!
The waffle was indeed a joyous dish to have for breakfast. I could not fault anything on this plate. It was divine. West Juliett has certainly hit the sweet spot!
White Peony Tea $4.50 (white tea flowers, young peaches)
We were so satisfied and I thought nothing could beat this fantastic breakfast, but our lovely waitstaff raved about the famous West Juliett's cookies, so we got two cookies to go. Later in the day, I took a bite of the cookie and I regretted not getting half a dozen! The gigantic choc-chip cookie had a crispy edge but it was soft, chewy and gooey with caramel. It was insanely good!
All in all, West Juliett is a fantastic cafe. The servings were generous with very reasonable prices that will keep you full and satisfied for hours. If you're in the Inner West and haven't been, then it's a nice spot to check out - and do try their cookies!