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Dose Espresso, Willoughby

3 Feb

Since converting to drinking black coffee, I have learnt to appreciate even more the art of good coffee. Cue in Dose Espresso where Sam Gabrielan who owns the boutique roasting company Di Gabriel. He is a coffee judge and former chairperson of the Australian Barista Guild, if he doesn’t know good coffee, I don’t know who else will.

Dose Espresso shares the same address as High St Bistro and The Italian where the cafe oozes comfort with long wooden tables and assortment of different coffee apparatus which belongs in a science lab. The place is packed early on with families enjoying the paper (plenty of room for the kiddies to run around), several morning bike riders and couples out for their daily exercise, all stopping by for the one thing.

Simple menu

Simple menu

Lots of open space

Lots of open space

Liquid gold

Liquid gold

The menu offered is no fuss divided into breakfast and lunch options. Mr Dough had the brekkie toast. The schiacciata was deliciously crunchy when toasted with stringy cheddar cheese pulling apart upon each bite leaving the mouth.

Brekkie toast - $10

Brekkie toast – $10

I opted for a vegetarian option of crushed avocado with pan-fried haloumi adding the saltness to the creamy avocado.  The basil pesto on the sourdough added the little extra specialness to the toast.

Crushed avocado with Haloumi - $14

Crushed avocado with Haloumi – $14

 

When I left, I found an excuse to come here every weekend as Harris Farm is right next door. So I can complete my grocery shopping and indulge on coffee, all in the one place!

 

 

Dose Espresso

6/187-191 High StreetWilloughby 2068

T: +612 9967 2552

Mon – Sun: 7:00am – 3:30pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Grounds of Alexandria, Alexandria

31 Jul

What do you do with an old Four n Twenty pie factory? Turn it into a cafe of course! That’s where The Grounds of Alexandria comes in. I have heard great things about this place and was warned to be prepared to wait. We had just frequented the Growers Markets and Mr Dough had round 1 of his breakfast so I had about an hour before the hungry beast growls again.

The Grounds of Alexandria is really impressive use of the 1800 square meter space. Upon entry there are vegetable gardens with roaming chooks and large outdoor communal space where people can buy takeaway. There also houses a coffee research facility (they take their coffee pretty seriously), bakery and most importantly the cafe. There were hoards of people waiting at 10am and we put our name down on the list and were informed it was an hour wait. I didn’t mind as I amused myself watching the chickens walk up and down their enclosed pen.

Spot the chook

Directions..in case you are lost

Ok, on to the food. The wait wasn’t too bad, we were seated within 45 minutes and the food came within 10 minutes of ordering.

The coffee so good, I had 2 cups

Too funny….I couldn’t resist

The scrambled eggs were light and fluffy and I think they can give Bill Granger a run for his money.

House-cured ocean trout with a fennel and herb salad, dill creme fraiche and scrambled eggs

I ordered this because I am fascinated with quinoa at the moment. I never had crisp quinoa before and I imagined it to be like little rice bubbles but to my surprise it was actually quite hard. It provided a really interesting textural element but after a while it keeps on getting stuck in my teeth!

Soft boiled eggs rolled in crisp quinoa

 

I wouldn’t be put off by the constant queues, in fact the service here is professional and welcoming. Grab a takeaway coffee and sit outside and just enjoy the weekend.

 

The Grounds of Alexandria

Building 7A, 2 Huntley St

Alexandria, NSW 2015

+612 9699 2225