“All day breakfast” may just be the three greatest words in the English language. Period. And cafes that serve up a quality feed all day long may just be the best places on earth, and by earth I mean Sydney.
Sydney café, Ironwood Coffee Co is such a place. Born when experienced chef, baker and serious coffee lover Tom Labrakis joined forces with Angelo Glinellis, best known for his much loved YCC Poultry, to bring the all day breakfast goods to Woolwich, along with epic lunch and dinner fare.
Their mouthwatering creations are Mediterranean inspired with a Greek twist, offering market fresh daily specials created on seasonality, so there is always something new to try.
The menu is a delicious read and brings new meaning to the word choice, but it’s worth the commitment. Ironwood bakes their own bread, which brings both the vibe at this rustic eatery, and your avo on toast, to the next level. From staples like house made raisin toast and banana bread even the less adventurous in your clique will have a quality feed. Their dukkah stack is a Greek take on the ol’ savoury sweet with fried eggs, bacon, feta and dukkah, drizzled with honey on their freshly baked sourdough and plated up with a roasted tomato and fresh mint.
A creature of habit I cannot go past baked eggs. Not only is such a dish always insta-awesome it is down right tasty and comforting, especially after a big night. Ironwood’s baked eggs Greek style combines a homemade tomato salsa, with baked scrambled eggs, and their signature feta cheese and sourdough toast. Another honourable mention needs to go to local fave, the mushroom haloumi stack. My pick when it comes to Greek cheeses, this one is grilled and served on rocket with caramelised onion, roasted tomato and the ever faithful sourdough toast.
From the moment you enter, if the name didn’t already give it away, these guys know a thing or two about coffee. There’s a coffee roaster out the back and you can see their different blends displayed on the walls. There’s a long list of boutique blends and single-origin coffees to choose from, all roasted daily, from as far afield as El Salvador and Ethiopia. They are certified organic coffee roasters and are committed to supporting sustainable agriculture in all of the countries where they source their beans, so you can have a warm and fuzzy along with your strong flat white.
And what goes well with coffee? Cake, obviously. And do these guys have cake. Ironwood employs a full time pastry chef to answer all of our dessert dreams with an all day dessert menu, yes dessert at breakfast is officially a thing, including pancakes, and Belgian waffles, finished with Nutella, choc fudge, caramel fudge or mixed berries, and plated up with vanilla ice cream and maple syrup. Their tiramisu comes with a kick, made with Ironwood’s famous homemade espresso and the crème brûlée infused with vanilla bean is so good you might as well get another for the road. With a menu as epic as this, they still know how to keep it simple with a plate of everyone’s favourite, fresh strawberries and vanilla ice cream.
Along with all day breakfast (and dessert), their lunch rolls in to dinner meaning the only concern you have is satisfying your need for, well, whatever you feel like. With a range of Greek mezzedes to start, including my personal fave saganaki prawns and zucchini fries, it’s the perfect menu to kick off your long lunch or early dinner. The penne alla bolognese is made with rich Angus beef ragout and their seafood list reminds you the Greeks know a thing or two when it comes to seafood—be sure to try their Greek style calamari and grilled mix seafood platter that comes with all your favourites.
And just in case you needed one more reason, there’s a wood fire pizza oven taking pride of place behind the espresso machine serving classics like capricciosa and margherita to something a little bit more Greek in the shape of the char grilled lamb pizza.
So whether you’re down for brunch, or up for dinner, Sydney café Ironwood Coffee Co is totally worth getting up early or sleeping in for.
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