I’ve been blogging so erratically these days, the main reason being that I don’t eat out much due to medical reasons. I haven’t really found any joy in trying new recipes either, so I’ve been falling back on cooking comfort foods – and a lot of Vietnamese summer rolls, because they’re just so fresh and easy to prepare!
Last Saturday, though, I went to the Armory Wharf Cafe with my boyfriend for brunch, just to catch some fresh air and take a short walk along the riverbank. The Armory Wharf Cafe is a favourite with Sydneysiders, so you can expect a little crowd at any given time (it’s probably best to make a booking for lunch or dinner!).
The Boyfriend ordered the traditional English Breakfast - poached eggs with bacon, roasted tomato, mushrooms and thick sliced sour dough toast. All the elements were done just right – the tomatoes were juicy and perfectly roasted, the bacon not burnt to a disgusting crisp as can be in some cafes, the mushrooms lovely and caramelized. He would have ordered his usual Eggs Benedict (which he gets every single time for breakfast, if it’s on the menu) but Armory Wharf does a seasonal menu, and it wasn’t among their Spring/Summer offerings.
I had the sweet potato and coriander cakes and grilled bacon with avocado, roquette and cherry and tomato jam. It’s such an unorthodox breakfast selection, but I really loved this dish.The avocado was soft, but not mushy, and balanced out the strong flavour of the chutney and bacon. The coriander cake is gentle in texture, but definitely not in taste. There are little unexpected but delightful bursts of spice and coriander which give the dish a Thai feel.
They also have options for smoked salmon or poached eggs, but surely bacon tops. I do love both those things, but give me bacon with my breakfast any day.
For dessert, we shared the vanilla pannacotta on rhubarb and raspberry gazpacho with pineapple and blueberries. The Boyfriend was somewhat disappointed. Personally, I loved it! Probably because I refrained from dairy/sweets for two months until my specialist told me it’s okay to eat on occasion (really, I’m so happy to know I can have red meat again as well, even if only occasionally). I’m not a fan of pineapples in desserts, but otherwise, it was great. The pannacotta itself was creamy, the gazpacho sweet and sour and ever so colourful (in flavour, as in hue). Yum :)
The Armory Wharf Cafe:
Blaxland Riverside Park
Newington NSW 2127
PH: (02) 9714 7513, MOB: 0423 884 801