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Belaroma Coffee, Balgowlah – Rating: 20.5/25

Belaroma Coffee

Belaroma Coffee

This coffee hub adjoins Belaroma Coffee’s warehouse and roastery so you can be sure that you’re getting the freshest beans and with the new breakfast menu, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.  This is a popular stop for Northern Beaches residents but because of its size, you shouldn’t have a problem finding a seat.

Service was on the ball with a water bottle and glasses hitting our table almost as soon as we sat down.  The waitstaff will definitely take good care of you here.

Flat white

Flat white

Cold drip coffee

Cold drip coffee

Single origin long black

Single origin long black

Feel free to shoot me down or to voice your opinion but I really wasn’t as blown away as I was hoping to be by the Belaroma coffee ($3.90).  I found the blend to be too bitter.  I enjoyed the single origin ($3.90) with it’s much more characteristic tones although the most enjoyable by far was the cold drip ($5).  Batch brew (small $3.50, large $4.50) and pour over ($5) is also available so coffee connoisseurs will feel well at home making their way through the various offerings.

Other beverages available include chai ($4.50)hot chocolate ($4)SereniTEA teas ($4.50)ice cream shakes ($6)smoothies ($7) or juices ($6) such as vege juice (carrot, apple, orange, ginger)fibre juice (pear, banana, chia seeds and cinnamon) and straight up (orange or apple).

Fresh Hawkesbury figs

Fresh Hawkesbury figs

The weekend special that my guest tried was the fresh Hawkesbury figs ($21) which was brilliance on a plate if you ask me.  The figs star in this dish and alongside them was served serrano jamon, buffalo mozzarella, roasted hazelnuts, jerez vinegar and Cooks Co-Op extra virgin olive oil.  The light flavours harmonised with one another perfectly.  An excellent example of a chef knowing what works together.

Cheese burger

Cheese burger

The urge to resist ordering a burger when I see one on the menu and it’s available in the morning was simply too strong today.  I caved.  And it was glorious.  The cheese burger ($11) is basically as simple as the traditional cheeseburger is: bun, patty, cheese, tomato sauce.  This version kicks each ingredient up a notch which takes it from ‘regular’ to ‘outstanding’.

A soft and slightly sweet brioche bun, thick homemade patty, oodles of oozing cheese, ketchup, dijonnaise and thick cut bacon ($2).  These ingredients meld exquisitely.  My one criticism was the limit of only two options I was offered for the patty: medium or well done.  Of course I chose medium but I should have requested rare as this would have resulted in a juicier and tastier patty. Having said that, I would order this again!

Interior

Interior

While I haven’t provided you with a good idea of the breakfast dishes on offer (one of the above is a special and the other, while available at breakfast time, is a lunch item and not ordered by many people in the morning), you should have a good idea of the level of food available at Belaroma.

The breakfast menu is quite substantial and some of the other items include croissant with spreads ($4.50) or ham and provolone cheese ($8)seasonal fruit board with natural yoghurt, walnuts, honey and berries ($13)avocado on toast with tomato and coriander salsa, fetta and lemon ($12.50)breakfast board with leg ham, tomato, avocado, brie, pesto, poached egg and Italian sourdough ($19) or the breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, Brazilian black beans, Portuguese chorizo, capsicum and guacamole ($13).

With such a broad range of items on offer from the drinks, breakfast and lunch menus and excellent quality dishes, I would not hesitate to drop in to Belaroma again.  My experience there this morning was first class.

Taste: StarStarStarStar
PresentationStarStarStarStar
Service: StarStarStarStarStar
Atmosphere: StarStarStarStar
Value: StarStarStar

Overall Rating: 20.5/25

Website: http://belaromacoffee.com.au/ and https://www.facebook.com/belaromacoffee
Address: 35 Roseberry Street, Balgowlah, 2093
Phone: 8966 4345

Payment Options: Credit card, EFTPOS, cash

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