We love when we find surprising new places. Not that this cafe is that new, it’s been open a year, but we had heard nothing about it until finding it on a stroll. Located in a quiet corner of Darlington, near one of favourite restaurants, Kindred and close to Abercrombie and Cleveland St.
Terracotta Roasters is a moderately sized space to fit appropriately 30 diners. White and wood tones, with stylish art, the cafe is cool and comfortable.
The cafe roasts their own beans and this coffee venture is headed by former Australian Barista Championship judge Cedric Kim. He is honestly one of the nicest staff we’ve met, and his team carries this wonderful attitude through the store. Their outstanding customer service makes the visit a standout.￼
Coffee wise, you name it, they’ve got it. Whether it is all-you-can-drink batch or cold brew, milk based or espresso. The coffee was flavourful, creamy and so enjoyable that we did have more than one each. My espresso was an Ethiopian single O, roasted only the day prior and produced a lovely long lasting taste. They are using beans from all around the world to keep it interesting!
They’ve got matcha, chai, affogatto’s, gelato milkshakes, teas, fresh juices and frappes too.
Whilst it’s all about the coffee, they most certainly have also put together an amazing food menu too. We were equally impressed by the food! The humble bacon and egg roll looks like a work of art, just waiting for that yolk to be pierced. It came with a yuzu sesame coleslaw and served on a soft milk bun. And, for only $12 as a combo with the coffee, that’s extraordinary value.
Other offerings include their ‘Ivy Bruschetta’ (soy and lindseed toast with multi-coloured cherry tomatoes, boconccini cheese, basil, honey and a hint of garlic) which you can get with a coffee for only $15. Or shall it be the Roaster’s Eggs (free-range poached eggs and chorizo in a house-made tomato sauce with sourdough), a smoked pulled pork burger, or morning burger with avo and a hash brown?
For vegetarians, the mushroom dish is a winner. Slices of polenta topped with a mix of mushrooms; enoki, Swiss brown, button, king trumpet and topped with and a free-range poached egg and drizzled with truffle oil.
In addition on their all day menu they’ve also got a roast pumpkin salad, garlic prawn pasta, chicken risotto and omelettes or it can be as simple and tasty as eggs on toast.￼
Whilst the cafe isn’t be haunted by all the instagrammers out there, this is part of the charm. It’s busy, but not crazy, frequented by those in the know. It is certainly a quality roaster and cafe and undoubtedly we’ll be back!
1/74-80 Ivy Street
Darlington NSW 2008
Open 7am – 3pm Monday – Friday
Open 8am – 3pm Saturday and Sunday