Last friday night,me and the wife were sitting and watching television. While flicking through channels,a scene of Montmartre,Paris came up. Nostalgia struck and I remembered our bus ride in Montmartre with a Parisienne friend. It was a lovely suburb with a lot of hills and the bus went up and down so fast,that we got a bit scared. Now, I couldn’t take wifey to Montmartre, but I could take her to the Montmartre of Sydney! So,off went the three of us to BALMAIN! I had a voucher for b/f,which she had no idea about. I love giving her surprises. The voucher was an all day b/f deal for 2 for $19. Yes!!
It was a nippy day when we arrived at Circle Cafe.Must admit that it was a bit difficult to locate this cafe’ as it was sandwiched between two buildings. The cafe’ itself seemed to be part of some uniting church. I had read some terrible reviews of this place and arrived with some trepidation. But it was put to rest immediately by two welcoming ladies. There was a waiter there who could do with some energy! Maybe like most kids his age,he probably was hungover. Anyway,once I gave the voucher I told wifey that she could order any b/f item she wanted. She was surprised and relieved! We have to go inside and give the order,which I made the wife do,whilst I clicked some pictures.
I had read that they served the famous(I didn’t know) Elbon coffee. Going back to 1957,it is located in Double Bay. It is a family owned and run business that has been supplying freshly roasted 100% arabic coffee for over 50 years. Its multi award winning roasters John and son Andrew Lowlett, roast daily . Anyway,I ordered the big breakfast which had scrambled eggs,sausages,hash browns and two sourdough toasts with cappuccino. Wifey ordered a Big veggie b/f which had tomatoes,poached eggs,spinach and sourdough toasts with cappucinno.
Normally this much would cost app. $40 bucks or so but we got it for $19. Not bad,eh? Well, we enjoyed our Montmartre like cafe b/f and wish it were a bit more sunny,then I couldve got some nice skylines of the city. Another day I guess,but we must say that the overall ambience,service and the grub was really good! Hope they keep it up!!
Circle Cafe’ 344 Darling Street Balmain NSW 2041
(02) 9555 9755
Hasta la vista