XS Espresso, Bondi Beach

For the best cheat day destination on the east side of Sydney, look no further than XS Espresso.

For the healthy folk amongst us, sure they have smashed avo on toast, an açai bowl, or a quinoa nourish bowl as well as cold pressed juices….But, why would you with the siren call of shakes, crepes, waffles and pancakes? On the savoury front, there’s pizza, pasta, burgers, fried chicken and loaded fries.

The signature XS Espresso shakes have to be tried to be believed. The original cronut is a salted caramel shake with Oreo, Tim Tam and Belgian chocolate blended throughout, and topped with a cronut filled with Kit Kats, M&Ms, wafer sticks, Maltesers and Caramello koala, and these are desserts in their own right.

Great flavours and contrast of textures made the Chicken and Waffle a standout dish; crispy buttermilk fried chicken is perched on a sweet waffle, and served with a creamy slaw and crispy sweet potato tendrils.

The Two in One does double duty as a dessert with a warm, chocolate soufflé on a waffle, and garnishes that transform it into a feast for the eyes.

Dine al fresco or take a seat inside. A stylish interior features white vertical cladded walls and bentwood chairs, grey replica marble round table tops and black banquette seating along the entire length of one side of the cafe. It’s contemporary, welcoming and distinctively beachside.

There truly is an excess of delights at XS Espresso so indulge and enjoy the experience!

XS Espresso, Bondi Beach

99 Hall St, Bondi NSW 2026

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The Butcher’s Block – for a brunch option in Barangaroo

The Butcher’s Block have planted their culinary seed in many areas of Sydney including Wahroonga, South Hurstville, Parramatta and now with their new eatery located in Barangaroo. With an emphasis on seasonal, locally sourced organic ingredients, this is the place to get some nourishment. With a team of experienced Chefs and a magnitude of high end dining experiences, you will find this a culinary delight. The Butcher’s block team has to put multicultural elements  into the menu, providing variety and excitement to the table.


There are many great places to grab a bite to eat in Barangaroo. But there are only a few places to visit for breakfast or Brunch. Butchers Block, with its new breakfast menu is the place to visit. 


The Butchers Block use Allpress coffee and have a menu full of breakfast favourites. All menu items are prepared with the freshest of ingredients. 


Dessert for breakfast, why not?

The Banoffee waffles were a crowd favourite. the waffles were perfect, nice and light topped with fresh bananas, a ridiculously good ginger butterscotch sauce, vanilla mascarpone and roasted almonds.


If you prefer a healthy start to your day, there is delicious Bircher, topped with a mix of seasonal berries, poached pears, pomegranate honey and a sprinkling of homemade granola. 


Another healthy option is the smashed avo bruschetta which is also perfect if you are on the run.


The cornfritters are quality, nice and light and fluffy with plenty of flavour. 


The Green Breakfast bowl is another popular breakfast option. This dish was super tasty with a crisp brown rice flavoured with a sweet teriyaki style sauce and served with a mix of BBQ vegetables including broccolini, zucchini, asparagus, add some more green with a generous portion of avocado. There is something satisfying about cutting in to a perfectly poached egg and watching the yolk ooze out over the breakfast bowl, working its magic, adding flavour as it floods with a tidal wave of yum.


The Butcher’s Block is the ideal setting to enjoy a meal in the heart of Barangaroo. This cafe restaurant is modern with a casual vibe. The service is relaxed and the food is great.

The Butcher’s Block

Shop 2/100 Barangaroo Avenue, Barangaroo NSW 2000

Thank you to the venue and to Wasamedia for the invitation to dine.


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All day brekkie in Liverpool @ Ristretto & Co

Once a hole in the wall strictly serving coffee and a few sweets, Ristretto & Co. has evolved into a café hotspot for locals in Sydney’s South-West on Northumberland Street Liverpool. A small walkway through the cafe’s busy kitchen takes you out to a quaint, rustic style courtyard to sit, relax and enjoy a coffee & brunch with friends to escape the busyness of the world outside.


Ristretto & Co. is a local favourite, renowned for its seamless Campos coffee and menu offering a wide all day breakfast menu.


We chose a couple of favourites and were recommended to try the waffles – every instagrammers dream!


We enjoyed corn and zucchini fritters with aioli, avocado salsa and a poached egg, which had a lovely crunch, yet were still light and fluffy on the inside. The serving was very generous so despite being full, was hard to resist finishing.


We also had the smashed avo (with a side of bacon) just to lighten things up which was nice and fresh with the hint of lemon.


To satisfy our sweet tooth, we tried some waffles served with vanilla gelato, shredded coconut, salted caramel sauce, fresh berries, maple syrup & Persian pashmak! The presentation of this dish was beautiful with the popping colours of the berries atop the glistening maple syrup and the delicate pashmak on the top. It was hard to pull this one apart! Although this was very sweet, the flavours and textures worked well together and left us very satisfied.


We thoroughly recommend visiting Ristretto for an amazing breakfast/brunch.

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A hidden gem @ Glacage

Glacage is a venue that would be aptly described as a “hidden gem”. Minimal signage, and located at the back of a residential block beside a Thai Restaurant, you’d have to know it was there to visit. It was, and is, a very busy place. Therefore, it has a good name in the community and surrounds. We can certainly see why. Everything was absolutely on point.


The space is rustic, wooden panelled walls and wooden tables, some with mosaic tiles. Seats are made plush with cushions and the space is decorated with bird cages and bunches upon bunches of flowers. This styling makes it feel homely and comfortable. The space is large, with a few seated spaces, so you could certainly take a group there.


Order at the counter, and you can select from the wide menu or something small (and sweet from the glassed display shelf). The menu is superb and we could have ordered so many things – healthy açai bowls, to eggs benny, brekkie boards, French toast or waffles, it’s a shame we could only fit three things in our bellies!

Glacage has three brekkie boards to choose from: the Glacage, Aussie and Mediterranean. We went for the Mediterranean – a generous service of chorizo, haloumi, mushroom, eggs, olives and more! A healthy brekkie that is certainly possible to share.


Sautéed mushrooms on toasted sourdough, with truffle mayonnaise, steamed asparagus, and crunchy poached eggs, topped with micro herbs. The mayo was divine and we really enjoyed the truffle flavour to the dish. We would 100% order this time and time again.


We also couldn’t go past the strawberry cheesecake waffles for a sweet choice to end the meal. The crunchy waffles were topped with and a granola crumb. A must order for those with a sweet tooth.


Coffee by St Ali Coffee Roaster, fresh juices, smoothies and more, you will find a drink to suit your meal. We went for a coffee and chai which were both lovely blends.

The staff are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and hospitable, and you will feel very welcome here. Add it to your list of places to visit soon!


The Courtyard, 465-469 Chapel Rd
2200 Bankstown, New South Wales

Hash Brown Waffles, Breakfast Manoosh and more @Morley Eats

Morley Eats is a large café on the corner of Botany Road and Morley Ave, Rosebery. Rosebery is currently a thriving little hub of cafes, bars and dessert stores and this place absolutely fits in the area. Previously Du Liban, it has undergone rebranding and a new menu to suit the clientele in the area. 

A huge space that can accommodate plenty of diners. There are a range of papers and magazines atop the tables for you to browse whilst waiting. Cakes and baklava visible in the front counter and a huge woodfired oven for the marvelous pizzas on the menu. 

The menu has a middle-eastern influence with some great flavours to their dishes as well as heatlhy options and certainly lots of colour. They also sell takeaway meat and vegetable dishes for those needing to get back to work or having lunch on the go. 

Morley Eats make Breakfast manoosh(Pizzas) which is something rare on the café scene at the moment. We went for the Zaatar, cheese, tomato and olive pizza which was cooked in the pizza oven. Nice and crispy with flavoursome herbs, it is certainly an excellent choice. There are plenty of toppings, including a sweet Nutella and strawberry one. Zaatar wraps also sounded good, in particularly the egg and mince wrap, though we had too many dishes we wanted to try.

There were some amazing waffles on the menu, and these are gluten free too! We tried the hash brown waffle, topped with an avocado smash, chilli jam and a fried egg. The potato was inside the waffle mix, soft inside, crunchy on the outer – this dish is one you must order! They also sell Matcha and Red Velvet waffles which are all the craze at the moment.

The breakfast menu boasts a good range of interesting dishes like French toast, quinoa bowls, shakshuka, grilled haloumi and more. We also tried the “Morley’s Muesli” a bowl of oats, seeds, granola and topped with a delicious strawberry labneh (made in store) with poached fruit including papaya, blueberries, strawberries and rhubard with a side of milk. This was extremely tasty and healthy and I would definitely order this again.

We were lucky enough to be offered another dish to try, a spinach and quinoa salad, with poached eggs, avocado, hummus, labneh, pumpkin and flavoured with lemon and a strong sesame flavor. I’m sure this will be a popular menu choice, and an extremely healthy one. 

We also enjoyed a cup of tea, latte and an extremely enjoyable visit.

Thank you to Raed for the invitation and the hospitality provided. We thoroughly recommend this café and we will certainly be back.

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