I don’t even live that close to Ashfield but I have fond memories of this cafe so last weekend, I returned for a quick visit to Excelsior Jones. The professionalism of the staff and the environment here as a whole are apparent as soon as you walk in. And seeing as it has been reviewed before, we can jump straight in…
If you like you coffee ($3.70) strong, full bodied and rich in flavour, you need to visit EJ. They know their brew and also offer filtered coffee ($4.50). Teas ($4.50) by Teacraft, malted milkshakes ($7) and spiders ($6) are some of the other beverages available and they’re prepared with skill behind the counter.
I once again found myself heading back to the house smoked salmon hash ($16). It’s also available with pork but the house-smoked, flaky salmon is the perfect accompaniment to the fried buckwheat, eschalots, herbs and poached egg. The crunchy buckwheat and great combination of herbs make this a superb savoury dish.
The breakfast salad ($16) can have the same smoked salmon added for $4 (which is a bargain by the way). This fresh salad is a vegetarian’s dream because it’s done so well. The quality ingredients of baby spinach, avocado, carrot, radish, crunchy quinoa, cranberry and apple meld so well because of a light yuzu dressing.
Aside from the blackboard specials, some other dishes worth trying include the bacon and egg sandwich with capsicum relish, roquette and smokey paprika mayonnaise ($10) and the house made granola with yoghurt ($10).
It’s a short but still accomplished menu. There are a number of other items but what’s encouraging is that every dish is prepared so damn well! So what other encouragement do you need?
Overall Rating: 20/25
Payment Options: CC, EFTPOS, cash