Monday, 15 September 2008

cafe giulia

As published in 3D World Magazine

92 Abercrombie St
Ph: 9698 4424
Fax: 02 9698 1415

The definition of the inner city café holy grail should successfully answer all of the below:

a) The food is always delicious
b) The service is consistently cheerful
c) They make a killer coffee.
d) The venue has enough of a vibe that you just might just find yourself sitting near a famous diner.

Most Sydney cafes can cop to at least two of these, but I’m happy to say that you need look no further than Café Giulia for the royal flush.

Situated on Abercrombie Street in Chippendale, a post-industrial location most others have sprouted and died in, this Sydney institution has held it’s own for years, making it a destination for a guaranteed perfect weekend breakfast, time after time.

Cindy Lauper references aside, Giulia deserves mad props for regularly churning out favourites, such as the Grilled Haloumi Bagel with Avocado, Tomato. Bacon and/or Mushies are optional, but really, why wouldn't you get them?
At under $6.50 for the basic and under $10 for the lot, it’s way under regular Sydney café prices in more high maintenance suburbs.


For the ravenous, there are plenty of options including the Smoked Salmon Breakfast with house-made potato hash, the ever popular Corn Fritters with Bacon, Avocado, Caramelised Onions and mysterious “Special Sauce” which I’ll let you discover it for yourself. And if you’re up for something a bit more “exotic” (and more importantly – seriously hungry), the Spiced Lamb Kofta with Minted Scrambled Eggs and Haloumi is far from your average eggs and bacon combination. Averaging 3 eggs to the average scramble, this dish is also not for the light eater.


If sweet for breakfast is more your thing, the Belgian Waffles with Rhubarb Compote and Mascapone is killer…just don’t order them if you have a cholesterol problem.

And if you have to have it all -sweet and savoury on one plate, that is- the French Toast with Bacon, Caramelised Banana and Maple Syrup just might scratch that itch. Recycled San Pellegrino soft drink bottles serve as handy syrup containers – ask for one if you can’t get enough of the sweet stuff.

And to wash it all down, besides Barrister Nick’s amazing coffees, there’s an amazing array of combo fruit juices and frappes to help the Sunday morning hangover. Try the pineapple, watermelon, mint and ginger juice for a zesty kick in the pants.

It may not be Victoria Street, Oxford Street or even Blair Street, but Café Giulia is one breakfast destination well worth going out of your way for.