Potts Point and Kings Cross certainly have a knack for tucking restaurants away in their small side streets. Petrol isn’t too hidden but it’s set back from MacLeay Street and therefore enjoys a quieter outlook.
During our visit there wasn’t a large crowd to contend with but there’s ample seating in the sunny courtyard for when there is. The waitstaff were onto us as soon as we sat down with water served and drink orders taken immediately. The quality didn’t drop either; I was impressed by the attention paid to our table throughout the visit.
Our coffees ($4) hit the spot! The blend was rich and strong and prepared exquisitely. The tea was presented beautifully in a clear pot. Loose leaf teas ($4.50) get their own page on the menu so tea lovers definitely need to visit Petrol.
Smoothies ($8.50) are available as mixed berry with creamy vanilla protein, banana with passionfruit and bee pollen or lychee with creamy coconut and there are a plethora of juices and other house-made beverages.
The menu is large and varied. While a lot of the dishes have Spanish or Moroccan influence, this first one didn’t. The chicken and brie croissant ($12.50) is one decadent dish with thick pieces of chicken and brie. The croissant itself wasn’t as soft as I would have liked but combined with the spinach and walnut pesto this was a flavoursome meal to share.
My favourite dish of the morning was the toastie of pulled pork ($16.50). It’s an unusual mix as you’ll also find mushrooms, fried egg, cheddar cheese avocado and a beetroot and onion relish! It’s moreish and savoury, the pork was succulent, the relish mixed well with the ingredients and the filling was plentiful.
There are quite a few omelettes on the menu including the smoked bacon omelette (Spanish style with mushrooms, spinach and cheddar cheese, $16.50), the vegetarian omelette (Spanish style with tomato, baby spinach, mushrooms and feta, $16.50) and the Spanish chorizo omelette (Spanish style with mushrooms, spinach and cheddar cheese, $19.50).
While they all sound delicious, how could I not order the cinnamon salted roast duck omelette ($19.50)? The omelette itself also contained spinach and gruyere cheese. A spiced hoisin sauce on top brought some more life to the flavours. The duck should have been the highlight but there was too little of it unfortunately. Having said that, I enjoyed the omelette. It was presented well, topped with a cucumber and mint salsa.
I was nagged into ordering the cinnamon French Toast ($18.50) but it was so good, I could have ordered two! The thick toast was cooked perfectly and topped with crispy, thick bacon, banana, a berry compote and marscapone. This was all drizzled with maple syrup.
The menu is quite substantial but some of the other dishes available are The Marilyn (Greek yoghurt pot, dried fig, goji berries, mixed berries, chia seeds, walnuts honey and sweet mint, $14.50), coconut sago pudding with mango, nuts, fig, chia, maple and coconut milk ($15.50), Mad Hatter (smoked salmon and soft poached eggs with avocado, lemon, balsamic beetroot and onion relish on toasted seeded rye, $19.50), breakfast sandwich (smoked bacon, melted cheddar, soft fried egg, baby spinach, tomato relish and aioli on Turkish bread, $15.50) and Turkish mince on toast (beef mince with mushrooms, patatas, leek and yoghurt on sourdough toast, $15.50).
With such a varied menu and proof that the kitchen knows how to prepare what is promised, I would head back to Petrol in a heartbeat!
Overall Rating: 17/25
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