On a gorgeous Saturday morning like today ( and after a beautiful ‘sleep in’ ) it was time for Hubby and I to trek off for our ‘Breakfast Food Safari’
Today’s destination is ‘Café Giulia’ at Chippendale. I have read so many positive reviews about this ‘renovated butcher shop turned cafe’ on the corner of Abercrombie Street and have wanted to visit ever since, but because it doesn’t open on Mondays, Saturdays is the only day to go!
I was warned to head over early as this place serves some of Sydney’s top breakfast fare as recommended by The Sydney Morning Herald, Time Out Magazine and rates very high on www.eatablilty.com, that it gets packed out quite early.
We arrive at a little after 12pm and as we stepped into what appeared to be a small cafe – was really quite spacious and packed inside. We were surprised at the amount of people here already and the lively buzz and energy was really exciting with happy weekend people and staff carrying around the food up along the narrow cafe. The huge blackboard menu that immediately grabbed my attention on entry, was scribbled ‘choc-a-block’ with choices and my eyes could not make out what was written as I was scurried along by the waitresses carrying around dishes which looked AMAZING and kindly, yet abruptly asking us to ‘step aside’ as to keep the traffic of people moving. Although it was slightly chaotic inside with people looking for seats, ordering along the counter forming an orderly queue to staff walking around with plates serving – it seemed somewhat controlled with the professional and friendly staff helping us locate a table.
Thankfully, apart from the huge blackboard that first catches my attention, I also managed to spot a familiar face inside the cafe near the window. It was my friend ‘Chezza’ whom I haven’t seen since a wedding we have both attended of a mutual friend. We have been meaning to catch up for the longest time and it was here on our ‘random Food Safari Breakfast’ that I should see her and her friend at a table! I say, ‘Thankfully’ – because as the cafe was packed to the brim with people and with no free table in sight – we were able to share the table with Chezza and her friend David. It was truly a ‘divine appointment’! God’s timing is hilarious and most awesome – especially today!
After getting over how ‘random’ our meeting was ( as if we had planned to do breakfast together the entire time!) Chezza and I get up to inspect the gigantic blackboard menu while David and Hubby chats away and minds the table. ( Later we were to laugh at how people in Asia, particularly in Malaysia and Singapore – people would use packets of tissues to ‘reserve’ seats at tables. Packets of ‘Tempo’ tissues would mean a sign of authority while in Australia, items of clothing on seats would be the same thing….although if you did that in Asia, you would most likely be missing your jacket or have people take your table in a blink of an eye!)
So, as I was saying, Chezza and I queue up along the counter as instructed by the staff – as if we were to stand anywhere to look at the menu, we would be mowed over by the efficient staff with their hot plates of food and coffee, as well as be blocking the herd of people flowing in from the entrance and spotting for a seat before they can order. That is the system – stick to it!
Our eyes scanning the endless scribbles on the menu – I was determined to order something that would satisfy this long awaited visit. Brain ticking, tummy rumbling, noise of people around us buzzing, coffee machine churning, bacon sizzling and the breakfast smoke aroma rising and happily soaking into our clothes and hair as I tried my best to concentrate to decide….
‘What would you like honey?’ asked the staff at the counter. I was seriously impressed with her calm composure as she waited for my order while a mile long queue was behind me. *Ok – so it wasn’t a mile long, but you get the idea…* ‘Take your time….’ she assures me as stumble my words of ‘Haloumi …
‘ I want something with haloumi… ‘ ‘Can I have the Kefte with scrambled eggs, tomatoes, haloumi and mint…and the French toast with extra side of bacon please’ I ordered. ‘And two mochas – one skim and one regular.’
Phew! I ordered under pressure ( not because I was hurried…but because there was SO much to choose from and so much I wanted to try!) and I walk back to my table looking forward to our food.
This dish was so delicious! The ‘Kefte’ was minced lamb with herbs and made the perfect compliments to the fluffy scrambled eggs packed with grilled tomatoes and my all time favourite cheese – halomui and I happily bite into chunks of it burrowed within my tasty eggs. I could go on forever! The sour dough toast soaks up all the flavours from the egg and the kefte just have a party in my mouth! This is a ‘Happy Meal’ for breakfast on a plate!
As we all giggle about how delicious all our breakfast choices is – the French Toast with bananas, cream and a side of bacon ( an extra $4 was worth it!) – comes with maple syrup for your pouring pleasure in a recycled ‘San Pellergino’ glass bottle. (Loves it!) This dish wowed the Hubby as he LOVES french toasts – and the sight of this dish just brings a smile to his face from ear to ear. He digs in and lovingly cuts some off for me and places it on my plate – and can I say that this combination of banana, soft pillowly french toast drenched in maple syrup with bacon and a smear of cream is worth the queue for a table on a packed weekend here alone!
While waiting for our food to arrive – our creative brains went into overdrive ( possibly from the excitement as we wait for our yummy breakfast and that we had just happily bump into old friends for a random breakfast catch up!) Our funny conversation with Chezza and David started when we talked about bacon with french toast and how much we all love our bacon. ‘Bacon completes the meal!’ David exclaimed. And so went our silly conversations to saying how there should be such ice cream flavours with bacon chips in it, such as, ‘Apple crumble with bacon chips…or Wasabi ice cream with dried beef jerky…’ Mmmm…bacon chips with ice cream… hehehe!
After our silliness, we suss out what we each ordered… Chezza ordered the Spinach and fetta omelette with a Pineapple Apple Ginger & Mint juice. (Mmm… fresh juices.) I was contemplating why I didn’t order a fresh juice….David: Field mushrooms with scrambled eggs and tomatoes plus a Watermelon juice with mint. Mmmmm!
After today’s visit – we were so impressed that Hubby and I are bound to be back to sample more of it’s delicious goodies! It reminded us alot of this diner we visited while in New York last year – loved the simplicity, ‘no fuss’ attitude of this place and the food served within the chaos and still manage to have happy smiling people enjoying their food – hopefully means this establishment will stay for many more years to come!
Cafe Giulia Take Away Menu can be viewed here: http://www.cafegiulia.com/storage/caf__giulia_take_away_menu.pdf