Foodcraft Espresso & Bakery

Like everyone I suppose I go through phases where I try and follow a specific type of diet. This makes eating out hard. I therefore find great joy when I discover a place serving a variety of dishes with a least one that fits my needs. Most recently, that place has been Foodcraft Espresso and Bakery in Erskineville.

Although much has been written about their tella balls – they have achieved widespread fame for these, not much has been said about their regular breakfast and lunch dishes which I personally feel are even more noteworthy.
When the tella balls first became famous, photos surfaced online of queues wrapping around the block. Though I think this craziness has now passed, these images have scarred me and I have since been convinced that the only way to get into try this place was to go midweek or super early.

That’s why one Sunday, when my sister and I were up at 6.30am and both shaking our heads at our stupid body clocks for getting us out of our nice warm beds ridiculously early, I suggested we hit up foodcraft for breakky. See everything has a silver lining!
The place was practically deserted and after snagging a prime parking spot, we settled ourselves at a lovely window-side table and took a gander at the menu.

As I was on a health kick, I was immediately drawn to the egg white scramble with poached chicken, mushroom, avocado, spinach and toast ($21). To my surprise, my sister who never orders muesli out (it’s her weekday staple) went for the granola with berry compote and coconut yoghurt ($12).
Sometimes when you choose the healthy option you feel like you’re missing out. Not in this case. All I can say is yum yum yum YUM!!!! This had to be one of the best breakfasts we’ve both had in ages. We were talking about if for days and we’ve been discussing going back ever since.

What made it so great? The scramble was light and fluffy and the juices from the mushrooms and chicken soaked into the bread making it the tastiest thing ever. The granola was well balanced in flavour, not too sweet and my sister was super impressed that it came with a small jug of milk and not just the yoghurt – she’s a big believer of milky muesli and hates it when she is forced into a yoghurt “mush” situation. Plus the staff were both efficient and friendly. It was all round an awesome experience.

Though neither of us are keen for another super early wake up, especially in the dead of winter, we can’t wait to return. Maybe next time we’ll do lunch. I hear a 12 hour, slow cooked lamb sandwich calling my name…


Stumbling across awesomeness

It was a beautiful day. The sun was shining and the birds were singing (well if I lived near bush they would have been). On this glorious day, a group of friends met for brunch. Much fun and food was had by all. And by much food, I mean a ton! We were at Cafe Shenkin (which I’m sure will feature in its own post at another time) and I had ordered the Israeli big breakfast ($18.50). Big isn’t the right word – ginormous is more like it! Poached eggs, home made pita bread, tuna salad, smoked salmon, labne, avo and Israeli salad. It’s wasn’t perfect but it was a solid, extremely filling meal.


Who is their right mind puts half an avo on a plate???

And so, when the gorging was over, I needed to move. Given our location, My sister and I moseyed on down to Newtown. Winding our way through back streets and checking out pretty pretties in funky shops, i’d only just worked up a slight sweat when we popped back out on to the main road and right in front of us was Cow and Moon.


Since their win in the International Gelato Championships earlier this year, this Enmore dessert delight has got to be one of the most talked about food destinations ever! Stuffed as I was, I was dying and determined to try it!


The queue was long but my will power was strong and as we wound our way to the counter, I examined my options. With three cup/ cone sizes and around ten flavours to choose from, I finally decided on the small cup ($5) which gave me two scoops, and despite innovative options like strawberry and balsamic or apple and wasabi, played it safe (and delicious) and went for pistachio and affogato.


The pistachio was epic. Nuttier than the actual nut itself, the flavour was strong and luscious and slightly addictive. The affogato was good too but didn’t pack quite as big of a punch so it got a little lost.

I was happy as a clam but stuffed like a pig. So, just like that little piggy who huffed and puffed to blow a house down, I went wee wee wee wee wee and walked all the way home!!