I last reviewed Three Williams in March this year and to be honest I was a bit trepidatious about returning. I remembered the food being inspired (especially the French toast) but alternatively I couldn’t bear the ruckus within its four hard walls, concrete floor and timber ceiling.
I’m all for second chances though and I try to give more than one opportunity for cafés to earn their stripes on Sydney on Sunday. I returned on a Sunday and firstly I can say that I am very grateful that we arrived early. The host at the door found a table with ease but by ten o’clock not only were there people waiting within and outside for takeaway coffees but there was a crowd beginning to surge outside! These people brought the noise but so did the toddlers running up and down my biggest bugbear with TW: the internal wooden access ramp. Sure, offer wheelchair or pram guests a way to enter but carpet or reinforce it so that the stomps don’t reverberate through an already noisy environment.
Okay, that’s all I’m going to say about that and you may be shocked to read that that’s the only negative I have for the rest of the review! Service throughout was friendly, professional and insanely precise. It’s obvious that the crew at TW thoroughly enjoy working there. It’s a fun and close environment and their eagerness bubbles over into their service. It’s fantastic to experience.
The bouncing barista was a perfect example of the great service. His enthusiasm was fortunately coupled with expertise. Flawless coffees ($4) that looked and tasted exquisite will have even the fussiest drinker grinning.
All of the common juices ($7) are on offer freshly squeezed and in generous amounts. Last visit there was only orange, apple, ginger and carrot on offer but they have now added pineapple and watermelon. Pick up to three.
But wait, there’s more! There are two smoothies ($8) to choose from. The super smoothie is packed with kale, apricot, apple, linseed, sunflower, almond, banana, ginger and cinnamon! I tried the banana, medjool date and walnut praline smoothie which took a regular smoothie and blew the flavour out of the water by adding medjool dates and walnut praline. The smoothie comes with a super thick straw to allow you to suck up the chunks of crunchy sweet praline. Thoroughly enjoyable and one of my favourite additions to the menu.
The other drink that I guzzled was the shake ($8). Chocolate pecan brittle! I’ve had better chocolate-flavoured shakes but the brittle was a nice touch to overcome some of the absent chocolate hit.
The potato rosti ($18) is comprised of delicate strands of potato, lightly fried and served with heirloom tomatoes, poached eggs and lemon butter. Simple but served with finesse, perfectly poached eggs and a delicate butter. The tomatoes were in need a of some more seasoning but that’s about all I could find!
So good that I had it twice this week! The maple cured bacon ($18) is a thick cut, caramelised and maple cured strip of bacon for those who aren’t on a diet! Rye toast beneath with a thick dash of smashed and seasoned avocado, two poached eggs with a dusting of dukkah and more than a small amount of snow pea sprouts! I wanted more and more of that bacon I have to say! It all melded brilliantly together in ways I wouldn’t have thought. A must-order.
The eggs on toast ($12) can be ordered poached scrambled or fried. My guest added avocado ($4.50) which was served elegantly and simply. Not much to critique but what was presented, was presented well.
So there’s a glimpse into the Three Williams world. Not only do they know beverages but all of their dishes that I have sampled are fantastic. They throw enough of a twist in to the regular offerings but prepare every element with awesome execution. An excellent score no doubt but one that would be nudging some of the top cafés on SoS with the installation of some sound-absorbing ceiling clouds!
Overall Rating: 19/25
Website: https://www.facebook.com/threewilliamscafe and http://threewilliamscafe.com/
Address: 613a Elizabeth Street Redfern, 2016
Phone: 9698 1111
Payment Options: Credit card, EFTPOS, cash