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First Drop Café, East Redfern – Rating: 19/25

First Drop Café

First Drop Café

This busy corner café is a hive of activity on weekends.  Thanks to a few twists to some of the most popular Sydney breakfast dishes, First Drop Café’s menu as well as their accommodating staff, help to turn once-off visitors into regulars.

They focus on fresh ingredients with dishes that err on the side of aiding you to stay healthy and fit.  There are normally crowds but arrive before 9:30am and you should be able to easily slide onto a seat straight away no matter whether your preference is inside our out.

The waitstaff went out of their way to ensure that everything was well under control.  Everyone I encountered during my visit provided excellent service.

Flat white

Flat white

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

Affogato

Affogato

Coffees are a measly $3.30 which is unheard of these days.  Great price for outstanding cups.  There’s a weekly single origin available so ask the staff.

You can also order Hipster the Greek (traditional Greek style coffee) for $4.50 or organic tea by Harney & Co ($4).

Super berry smoothie

Super berry smoothie

The smoothies ($8.50) here are quite different to most other places not only in terms of the flavours you can choose but also the fact that you can select the main base: full cream, skim, soy, almond milk or coconut water.  You can then optionally add a scoop of vegan Coyo yoghurt ($3.50) or icrecream ($4).  Once you’ve gotten through that you can select from super paradise (mango, pineapple, aloe vera, maca, and shredded coconut), green Hulk (kale, broccoli, spinach, lemon and honey), choc mint (banana, cacao, mint, organic protein and yoghurt).  Quite the interesting selection.

I opted for the super berry smoothie which comes with Sun Warrior organic protein, mixed berries, goji berries, turmeric and Greek yoghurt.  FD takes some powerful ingredients and combines them into some fantastic tasting smoothies.  Kudso on some ingenuity and great combinations.

Ricotta brekkie

Ricotta brekkie

The ricotta brekkie ($16.90) looks simple but combines some great flavours.  Ricotta, poached free range eggs, spinach, double roasted tomato, avocado and basil pesto.  Not only was this dish presented well but it offers a selection of ingredients that have been prepared exquisitely and that work in unison.

Johnny's famous high protein

Johnny’s famous high protein

Johnny’s famous high protein ($19.90) combines everything that those in search of a high protein meal would want.  Combined in the bowl were salmon fillet, scrambled egg whites, broccoli, zucchini, bacon and quinoa.  I’ve never tried bacon with salmon and I still believe that it was a slightly odd combination.  The chef obviously knows what he’s doing but overall I think that this dish serves its function as a protein provider rather than a flavour powerhouse.

Veggie breakfast (with side of bacon)

Veggie breakfast (with side of bacon)

The veggie breakfast ($18.90) is essentially a typical big breakfast without the bacon or sausages (even though my guest added bacon)!  It consists of poached free range eggs, Greek beans, hash brown, grilled halloumi, grilled tomato, mushrooms and spinach.  The mushrooms were a star here, well seasoned.  The eggs were poached perfectly.  The beans in the teacup were unfortunately not appetising and I think that overall both my guest and I were hoping for something with a bit more… pizzazz.  Having said that, she did order blind from the menu when she said to the waiter “just choose something vegetarian for me” so had we read the menu first, we would have been prepared for what she received.

Aegean breakfast skillet

Aegean breakfast skillet

The Aegean breakfast skillet ($16.50) was served sizzling hot with delicious sourdough on the side.  I absolutely loved this dish and would order it again in a heartbeat.  The price was also fantastic.  I normally prefer baked dishes to have a predominantly liquid base but the flavours within this skillet won me over.  Two free range eggs, chorizo, feta, double roast tomatoes and a basil & herb mixture all worked perfectly together.

Other items that we didn’t get to include Mediterranean French toast (fresh Greek sweet bread, marscapone, nut butter, raspberries, cinnamon and maple syrup, $16.90), the Schwarzenegger omelette (Tasmanian smoked salmon, kale, Spanish onion and capers, $17.90) and the brekky burger (free range bacon, halloumi andhash brown, $13.90).

The menu is accomplished, the location is fairly quiet and leafy… there’s so much to like about First Drop Café so do yourself a favour and add it to your list especially if you’re in search of a high protein fix!

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

Overall Rating: 19/25

Website: http://www.firstdropcafe.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-First-Drop-Cafe/7190247101
Address: 69 Baptist St, East Redfern, 2016
Phone:  9690 1611

Payment Options: Credit card, EFTPOS, cash

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