Suggested by a friend, Autumn Rooms on Darby Street in Newcastle certainly delivered to us with friendly and efficient service, great food and really lovely atmosphere.
We arrived and were seated promptly in a comfortable location inside, yet there is also dining upstairs and alfresco, both to the front and rear. Offered a coffee or tea since they have an extensive tea menu. If you’re there later in the day, alcohol may also be on the cards for you. Coffee was a lovely flavour, a little too cool in temperature, though the second one was better.
The menu was intriguing to us, for the options were a little outside the box, something we really like at cafes. Our choices were “Tabasco Tomatoes” (VE) – a lovely serve of Tabasco and lime cured tomatoes, miso and almond crema, tabasco vinnaigrette, chilli crunch, served with a side of roti. We added a poached egg. The Tabasco flavour was not overbearing and despite having a chilli crunch, it was not spicy, but brought a really lovely set of flavours to the dish.
We also had the garlic ricotta Tartine (V) which saw the toast topped with a garlic Garlic honey whipped ricotta, roasted asparagus, gremolata, pickled radish and toasted almonds. This was super good, though probably could have done with an extra slice of toast.
The food was delicious, albeit a tad small in our experience for the price. Next time, I’m keen for the crumpets or torta. Be sure to check out their menu as there’s so many great options.
127 Darby Street Cooks Hill
Newcastle NSW 2300
Mon – Friday: 7am to 3pm
Sat & Sunday: 7:30am to 3pm
Kitchen closes at 2pm