Marrickville Pork Roll
Vietnamese pork roll or bánh mì, has recently been talk of the town and the search for the Sydney's Best Banh Mi is an ongoing treasure hunt! Even though each roll is sufficient fora very satisfactory lunch at a bargain price of under $5, the price doubles the bánh mì sold in Vietnam which costs around $2! My partner and I fell in love with this bakery in Saigon called ABC Bakery & Cafe which sold bánh mì, cakes, pork buns, coffee and bread. We went almost every day!
|Where all the magic happens|
|BBQ pork roll, $4.00|
Marrickviille Pork Roll
04 2096 6368
When we first went to Marrickville for pho, our go-to place was PHD. Their beef broth was exceptional but this no longer was enough to make up for their growing bad attitude and lack of service. Also upon having pho at PHD, I would always get a rash after eating which has made me think I have a slight black pepper allergy (there are sprinkles of it on top). And so we ventured a couple of shops down and discovered Thuy Huong (used to be called Pho James).
|Table number 1! Assorted cutlery, oyster and chilli sauce, tissues|
|Chillies, bean sprouts, mint and lime|
|Pho bo, $8.00|
304 Illawarra Rd
Next stop... coffee!
Our usual destination for coffee is Coffee Alchemy (another great place for coffee is Double Roasters) but on Sundays they are closed, even though we swore we always went on Sundays. We even drove there, parked the car and walked over to discover there weren't any coffee addicts standing outside sipping away. They still hold the reign of serving the best coffee in town hands down! As much as I would have loved to blog about Coffee Alchemy, it will sadly have to be postponed to another day. Oh and Bourke Street Bakery is only a ten minute walk from there! What could be better - Sydney's best coffee in one hand a a pastry/muffin/sourdough loaf/pie in the other!?
A brand new cafe relatively in the middle of nowhere, as it is not located around the main strip of Marrickville. But when you're inside, it certainly doesn't feel like it. It's nice and dark and makes it cosy. They've put a lot of effort into the decor as there a hanging antique clocks, tea candles in the brick wall and paper cups in bird cages. To simplify it, it's very hipster.
Even though we were only staying for coffee, the short time we were there gave us a glimpse of how the cafe was running. Let's just say, it's a little chaotic. The waitress is running everywhere. Just behind the counter is a girl is washing a never-ending stack of dishes and food boards, which the waitpeople constantly add dirty plates to the pile with loud bangs. Food scraps are getting thrown out into a garbage bin next to the display fridge which customers can see and walk past. Customers ordering take away coffees are waiting and customers ordering eat-in coffees are also waiting but nothing seems to be getting done.
|Soy latte, $4.00|
|Ice skim latte, $3.50|
Getting the bill was also problematic. We tell them what table we were on but they have no idea what we got. They're confused, we're confused. It finally gets sorted and we leave bemused. It doesn't seem like it's an easy task running a cafe. No matter how good the food or coffee is, there needs to be a system and each staff member needs to know what they're role and responsibility is. If it doesn't run smoothly, it confuses and frustrates customers and they may not return. But I'm still interested to try their food, give them another chance and hopefully they've organised themselves by then!
106 Addison Road
106 Addison Road