Gypsy Espresso has been operating for a number of years now, with the flagship café occupying a small space in an alley in Potts Point. Whilst it might only be a small space, they do good food and quality coffee. They’ve since expanded to a huge warehouse space in Alexandria on Mitchell Road, occupying what once was an Antique centre. We love the café here, light and bright and plenty of room to meet the busy customers.
The coffee counter is slick. A La Marzocco Modbar is out of site, and their other coffee equipment, filters and the like occupy the front.
The staff pouring the brews sure know their coffee. The brand is a specialty roaster and brewer, so they do their best to make every cup, quality. Whether it be a milk based, black or filter, the staff can give you advice. They also have some specialty drinks like “The Bob Dylan” – like an affogato with salted pistachio ice cream, cascara syrup, nuts and espresso or the “Iced Cascara” – infused coffee, cherry skin amongst juices, smoothies and teas. The ‘duck shit’ tea might be a little highly priced for some café goers, it’s got a higher price tag for a reason – quality leaves have been used and the flavour is of honeysuckle, dried raspberries and almonds.
We tried the iced latte with a “special ingredient” as well as their cold brew and filter coffee. Their latte is nice light smooth blend.
The food menu is great. There’s all day breakfast as well as a lunch menu to meet customer needs. We’ve been a few times now and like the variety of options that really would suit any diner. Chef Bryan Loong (of Devon and Cho-Cho-San history) has curated a range of dishes with excellent flavour combinations. The simple things are done oh-so-right.
One of the standouts for us was their pink eggs. Whilst this may sound like it’s for an Instagrammers dream, it’s actually all about the food. The scrambled egg comes topped with splashings of beetroot and horseradish sauce, with arils of pomegranate as well as some thin radish slices and thin tendrils of chive. Served with smoked salmon and two slices of sourdough, it’s not only a filling meal, but an extremely tasty one that has been put together beautifully.
I also have had the Romanian lunch bowl twice now. It meets my health conscious needs. A bowl filled with superfoods; quinoa, baked sweet potato straws, steamed greens, a grain and lentil salad and chargrilled corn. You can add salmon or lamb to it if you please. I love this dish and whilst it may sound plain at first read, it tastes anything but. Everything is seasoned well and works together perfectly.
Our dining partners have the porridge, which I try (and wishing I also ordered myself), nice and creamy, topped with strawberries, peach, blueberries, caramelised banana and a sprinkle of rosewater petals and pistachios. The flavours of this work perfectly.
Not to end there, we also try the Thai chicken curry. Served with jasmine rice, the curry has well developed Thai flavours infused in the curry sauce and left us wanting more.
As we scan the room, all plates coming out look on point. We could pretty much have ordered anything and been happy with it. That’s a good sign as it means we’ll return again.