Saucer is never a fan of cafe food. He thinks most of the cafe food are simple dishes that could be prepared at home. Therefore, whenever we dine outside, we rarely ever go to a cafe. However, a mother’s group that I joined was hyping about this cafe in our neighbourhood which is supposed to be the best cafe around. Known as The Baron, it is apparently the place to go to for coffee and breakfast. The more I read about it, the more I wanted to give it a try, even though Saucer was not keen as usual. Anyway, we made it there on a Saturday morning a few weeks back. There was a queue at the entrance when we were there circa 10.30am. Since it was still winter weather that time, and there was no waiting area inside the cafe, we had to wait outside in the cold. It happened to be windy and freezing! Not helping when you’ve got a toddler who always attempted walking towards the busy main road just in front of the cafe. We managed to get a table after about 20 minutes of freezing in the cold and I thought to myself, “This better be worth it”.
Their concept was an open kitchen in an ex-industrial joint, very hipster indeed. It was as if we were dining at a cafe in Surry Hills. Once we were seated, we placed our orders for brunch and soaked in the hipster cafe atmosphere. I had read so much about the avo toast so I ordered just that – Return of the Avo on Toast. It came with everything that was stated on the menu: avocado, salsa verde, feta and confit tomatoes on spelt rye bread. Was it good? Yes. Could I have made it myself? Yes, but at probably a small fraction of the price. The price tag for this was $14 which I thought was a bit extravagant considering it was really just a slice of toast with avocado on top.
Saucer, on the other hand, had the Baron Benny, which had smoked ham, brioche, 63′ egg, hollandaise and English spinach with a side of mustard and pickle. The egg was perfectly poached and the ham nicely smoked. However, most other places that we had brunch at would usually serve 2 eggs, so when we saw just one, we were rather disappointed. Again, this was something that we could have done at home as well, seeing that Saucer had already perfected the art of poaching eggs.
Overall, even though the food here was good, I don’t think I can justify the prices charged for the portion served. There are so many other cafes with similar food at either half the price or serve double the portion. We didn’t even feel full after that, being Asians and all. In this case, as much as I hate to admit it, Saucer was right. It wasn’t worth spending close to $30 on a meal that he could have easily prepared himself for less than a third of the price. Still, it was nice to experience being in a hipster cafe, people-watching and spending time with my loved ones. Little J would agree!
Shop 461, 4-16 Castle St,
Castle Hill, NSW 2154
Tel: 0401 498 877