I wish that I had checked out the Foursquare tips for Jo and Willys Depot Café before I visited. If I had, I would have seen the suggestion to arrive prior to 9AM to avoid the crowd. And what a crowd there was! At 10AM, we huddled under the awning with about twenty other people. Some were there for takeaway while others were waiting for a table. We added our name to the list and fifteen minutes later, had our table.
If you want to be seen with a trendy crowd, this is undoubtedly the place to be. We squeezed in among the tanned, fit and beautiful people of North Bondi to be greeted by specials such as hipster breaky (poached eggs with kale, quinoa, pearl barley, wild rice, chilli, ginger, lemon & humus, $18) and golden smoothie (tumeric, mango, macca, honey, cinnamon & coconut, $11).
All of the service was spot-on this morning with friendly, chatty and quick staff. You’ll find a plethora of sweet or takeaway-centric items at the counter including muffins, Danishes and bacon and egg rolls.
Our coffees (regular $3.50, large $4) were made very strong and received two nods of approval out of the three of us at the table. One of my guests found it too strong. I enjoyed my cup especially the definite hints of caramel from the beans.
The fruit salad ($12) comes served with one of the stars of the morning, the honeycomb which had a profound sweet flavour hit. This comes resting on yoghurt to dip the fruit in. There was a large variety of fruit and it was all decently ripe.
If you’re after a bit of everything, the BIG breakfast ($18) should have you covered with eggs done any way, spinach, bacon, avocado, mushrooms, tomato and toast. Despite such a full plate, one of my guests was disappointed by the fact that he only received one piece of toast. He also found the poached eggs too vinegary. The avocado was fresh though and the bacon crispy and plentiful.
The eggs in my eggs Benedict ($16) had sadly also recently received a vinegar bath. Everything else on the plate was delicious though with a well-rounded, tangy hollandaise, slightly cooked spinach and more ham than you could poke a stick at!
The specials menu is large and changes often but other permanent dishes include Spanish brekky (roast capsicum, tomato and basil salad with poached eggs and chorizo, $16.50), green eggs and ham (prosciutto, rocket cigar with poached eggs, pesto and baked Parmesan, $16.50), lentil brekky (spiced lentil with spinach, poached eggs, tahini and sesame seeds, $16.50) and gluten free pancakes (with mixed berry compote and yoghurt, $14.50).
There are plenty of healthy and/or vegetarian dishes to choose from at Jo and Willys Depot Café – comment if you have visited and tried any!
Overall Rating: 16.5/25
Address: 286 Campbell Parade, North Bondi, 2026
Payment Options: Credit card, EFTPOS, cash