Toby’s Estate Café, Woolloomooloo – Rating: 15/25

Toby's Estate Café

This Wolloomooloo location plays host to a Toby’s Estate Espresso School as well as a café.  Never short of customers in search of a a good cup of coffee we figured this was a must-visit on our Sydney café endeavours.
The seating both inside and out is quite limited but the patrons here don’t seem to dawdle.  We sat and watched as three sets sets of customers came, ate and left.
We found the service to be a mixed bag.  Three different waitstaff, sometimes always around, sometimes always busy, forgetting to bring the menus and forgetting to take them.  We’re not fussy when it comes to service but the inconsistency makes it hard for us to give them any more than half marks.

Filter coffee

The filtered coffee ($5) features a “specially light roast single origin coffee” which we found to be quite strong.  Very smooth and rich though, which we enjoyed.  “Why don’t more cafés offer filtered coffee” we cry!

Skim cappuccino

The skim cappuccino ($3) offered more of the same (very strong) flavours.  Other beverages available include mocha ($3.50), hot, spiced or orange chocolate ($3.50 each), various affogato including vanilla bean gelato, white chocolate gelato or caramel gelato each with double espresso ($6 each).

Scrambled eggs special

The breakfast special on offer was the combination of poached egg board with avocado, tomato, ricotta and sourdough toast ($14.50).  Our waiter graciously acknowledge our request for scrambled instead of poached and a short time later a board of fresh elements was served.  The scrambled eggs were cooked through nicely and lightly seasoned.

Eggs Benedict

First on the breakfast menu is the ever-popular eggs Benedict served with free range eggs.  Versions available include ham, avocado ($14.50 for either) or smoked salmon ($16).  The serving size was quite substantial and the ham version arrived with toast below (as well as on the side), a layer of rocket and plenty of ham.  We found the hollandaise sauce too thin and lacking flavour but the rocket was a pleasant addition and we were overall happy with the dish.

Other delectable-sounding dishes on the menu include fresh fruits with gluten free muesli and yoghurt, honey and berries ($9.50), macadamia muesli (toasted, natural or gluten free) with fresh apple juice, honey, yoghurt and berries ($8.50) and roast tomato, goats cheese, basil, pesto & olive oil on toasted sourdough ($10.50).

Lemon tart and caramel slice

With a whole counter filled with sandwiches and sweet treats we decided it was our duty to leave room for something else.  The lemon tart was very delicate with the crunchy texture of coconut throughout.  The sweet icing was a delicious touch.  The caramel slice should definitely be shared as it is very rich.  It has a light and airy biscuit base.

Premade sandwiches include fillings such as tuna, tomato, fetta mayonnaise, dill, onion and capers, leg ham, gruyere cheese & Dijon mustard, poached chicken, slivered almonds, chives, salad, mayonnaise & celery and roast beef, Dijon mustard, tomato, Swiss cheese, caramelised onion & rocket ($9 each).

Courses available at the school include barista, espresso, latte art and tasting so be sure to check out the website for more info (and when booking mention seeing “the flyer in the menu” for 25% off your class).

Taste: StarStarStar
Service: StarStar
Atmosphere: StarStarStar
Value: StarStarStar

Overall Rating: 15/25

Phone: 9358 1196
Address: 129 Cathedral Street, Woolloomooloo, 2011
Payment Options: Credit cards, EFTPOS, cash

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