[invite] Bianca: I’ve had Marrickville stalwart West Juliett on my hit list for many years. Mainly due to their famous salted choc chip cookie. The inspiration for my favourite go-to recipe, my Pink Salt Choc Chip cookies. Its charm lies in its complete unpretentiousness, it’s a suburban cafe in a residential area doing a roaring trade.
The menu is rather short and conventional but they more than makeup for that in the flavour stakes. An early morning visit on a Saturday means coffee is required, stat. Our Skim Cappucino’s $3.50 needed a small teaspoon of sugar to cut through the bitterness.
A regular fave in FFS land, Smashed Avocado, Poached Eggs, Roasted vine tomatoes, hazelnut dukkah, fetta, lemon oil & watercress $18.50. The real point of difference here were the sweet roasted tomatoes, the textural interest and nuttiness of the dukkah and the sharp fetta. I’d happily throw my mortgage money away for this every weekend.
Burgers at 9am? Why of course. I’ve been on a fried chicken tangent of late and zeroed in on the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Burger, butter lettuce, chipotle mayo w/ fries $18. Excellent for a cafe burger, great equal ratios. The milk bun held up well, this was one case the fresh lettuce came in handy. The thick tomato slices were a little OTT but a very tasty little burg.
Not quite my beloved pancakes but a perfectly adequate substitute. The West Juliett Waffle, Nutella sauce, mascarpone cream, fresh berries and crushed pistachio $17.50. Despite its hefty girth, I feel a person flying solo could easily tackle this and it does not become too sickly. The waffle remained crisp despite the generous amount of sauce. I wasn’t a fan of the Nutella sauce as it tasted like it had been mixed with a Cottee’s-esque chocolate thinner and that was all I could taste. Straight Nutella would be my preference with a wee little drizzle of maple syrup. The fresh berries adding a slight tartness.
And slightly gluttonous but purely for the ‘research’. The Salted Chocolate Chip Cookie & The White Chocolate & Macadamia Cookie! And I can see why these cookies are so highly lauded. Both delicious but the soft, fluffy texture of the choc chip cookie instantly stole my heart.
There’s really not a whole lot of variety but what they do they do very well.
Photos by Alex
*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of West Juliett.