The whole family were recently invited along to sample a smorgasbord at The Three Williams Cafe in Redfern Sydney and suffice to say, we are now a little in love with this new brunching spot. It ticks all the boxes – an innovative and delicious menu, kiddie friendly and great atmosphere.
The cafe is located in Redfern which is an East Sydney precinct with working class and industrial roots. Today, it is a hub for galleries, the emergence of some very trending food scenes, festivals, it is home to the popular Eveleigh Street Markets. Redfern does a great job of exuding a certain gritty charm and unpolished street-swagger. I think we’re going to see many more popular cafes coming out of this part of Sydney over the next few months and years.
So it is no surprise that this cafe mirrored the precinct’s vibe with their simple decor and exposed industrial elements. The entrance is unassuming, but as you walk in, the space opens up and then first aroma to waft our way is the freshly brewing coffee from the centrally located barista station.
The high ceilings, exposed pipes, rusty bits, concrete countertops and simple wooden furniture throughout the space is a lesson in restraint and it all works so well – comfortable, function and is a sympathetic nod to the vibe of the locale.
As parent’s of an energetic and adventurous toddler, we always appreciate inner city spots that pay attention to the needs of tots and the big chalkboard corner at Three Williams did not disappoint. And unless some of the kiddies who have drawn on the wall are creative geniuses, I suspect some big kids have made there way over to the designated Willie’s Corner. There is also ample parking parking in the vicinity and the cafe has high chairs. Perfect!
Our little Maya had a good play… but was soon distracted with trying to eat the chalk (it’s a toddler thing). So we were glad to be able to placate her with her other favourite pastime – milkshakes! They had a great variety of shakes, juices and smoothies on their menu (an essential part of any brunch menu, I say). Here is Maya post-tantrum sipping on a banana, medjool date and walnut praline smoothie from a cute glass milk bottle that is as big as her torso!
Now to the topic at hand – brunch! Here are some of my favourites from their menu. I’m still drooling over these as I type this up over a week later!
Even with the amazing food scene in Sydney, it can be a little difficult to find a spot that serves up an innovative brunch menu. A lot of thought seems to go into lunches and dinners, but poor brunches never seem to get as much attention. However, this brunch medley definitely hits the spot with some new and memorable dishes together with traditional favourites with their signature twist.
Fish croquettes with lemon, aioli: I was pre-warned that these were addictive and indeed they were. Crunchy on the outside, creamy in the middle – simply delicious. And what a cute idea for serving them up in an egg carton. I’ll have to borrow this idea.
Crunchy brioche French toast, blueberries, yoghurt, roasted pecans and maple syrup: finally a French toast that isn’t sickeningly sweet. There is just this right balance of flavours and textures in this sweet treat. The perfect all-day dessert.
Spicy smashed beans with avocado on charred toast: a nice twist on the regular avo-toast. The charred toast adds a delish smokiness to the dish.
Caramelised cauliflower tabouli, with quinoa, walnuts and preserved lemon: This dish reminds me of a meal my mum used to make as a main with rice. It works really well as a salad and would make for a very satisfying meal on its own, especially for vegetarians looking for some brunch variety.
Hardly and innovating concept for brunch, but this combination certainly is: poached eggs, marinated bull horn peppers, serrano ham, feta, dukkah, on toast.
Beer battered chips with house aioli: these were oh so crispy and served up really hot with a sprinkling of sea salt. Love!
Does it get more Aussie than taking “Naan” bread and turning it into a “Narnie”? There are a trio of fillings served up in freshly toasted naan bread and they all work a treat. My two favourites were: The grilled prawns with avocado, iceberg and aioli and the glazed beef brisket with slaw, gherkins and chipotle mayo.
Pineapple and mint house soda: ok, so this was amazing. Refreshing and not too sweet. The perfect non-dairy and non-caffeine accompaniment to this smorgasbord.
No better note to end a brunch on than a share plate of brownies and donuts. Well, actually, take the word “share” out of “share plate”… that’s how you can make it better. I would have happily walked away with this whole plate to myself like the glutton that I am! But instead, I decided to fight my inner most demon and cut it up for some sharing.
Drooling yet? Get yourself over there and sample their menu for yourself. Their brunching menu starts at 7am till 3pm, so even those of you that are lazy weekend starters can mosey on over with plenty of time to spare.
A big THANK YOU to the amazingly efficient, friendly and accommodating team at The Three Williams who delivered exceptional levels of service on a very busy Saturday morning.