XS Espresso is a chain of cafes that can be found all around Sydney, in locations such as Wetherill Park, North Parramatta, Prestons, Bondi and Gregory Hills to name a few.
We’ve visited a few of the venues now and find the cafes to have a good vibe and it’s a good space to hangout with a group of friends and even your kids for the menu is pretty approachable. The menus differ somewhat amongst the stores but are similar in their offerings. They have brekkie and lunch options like muesli, burgers, salads and plenty of desserts to pick from, you’ll certainly find something tasty. Their desserts are pretty decadent; waffles, pancakes, crepes and filled donuts, for the sweet tooth’s around, they’ll love this.
We visited the Gregory Hills store this time. It’s a very large space and they were extremely accomodating of our family, in particular 3 little kids.
We order a few of the salads; mine served with chicken and quinoa, a pumpkin wedge (sadly undercooked), kale, grilled halloumi, cucumber and topped with a poached egg. The plate is dressed with beetroot hummus and the salad is flavoured with lemon and chilli. It’s a generous serve and a nice healthy option.
Their halloumi and pumpkin salad (a gluten free option) is quite similar to the happy bowl, but with rocket and pomegranate and flavoured with roasted walnut, mint, parsley, and balsamic dressing. We added prawns to this one for a protein hit.
The pita bowl includes your choice of chicken, sujuk or falafel, served w pita bread, hummus, roasted eggplant, rocket, za’atar, feta cheese & pomegranate w lemon & sumac dressing. Quite a generous serve for $19.
In addition, we try the vegan pasta with olives, tomato, basil and olive oil. A light and healthy dish and a perfect option for vegan eaters.
Drink wise, we didn’t go for any of the loaded shakes, rather just a few juices and coffees. They use campos for the coffee and cold pressed juice.
The cafe is welcoming and fairly casual. Meals are reasonably priced. Quite an indulgent menu but I’m sure it would suit all diners.
18 Holborn Circuit, Gledswood Hills