SUB-STATION CAFE is a delightful little cafe that packs a wallop of surprise when you walk through the front doors. Huge thanks to PR company I AM STRATEGIST for bringing this discovery to mine, any my parents’, attention. It’s bloody fantastic :).
SUB-STATION CAFE VENUE:
SUB-STATION CAFE is a small heritage listed ex sub-station in Alexandria. Built in 1924, Electricity Substation No. 152 represents a surviving example of the original network of more than 360 sub-stations built by Sydney Municipal Council from 1904 to 1936, which first supplied electricity to Sydney’s industries and houses. The building contributes to the street-scape and is a significant example of civic architecture in the area. Its conversion into a cafe has retained the architectural integrity of the building as a recognisable former sub-station.
Before I had even entered the venue I was in love with it. Maintaining the old to create the new is a sublime form of urbanisation, it shows respect and it allows growth, it is an architectural ying and yang. Being heritage listed they also had no choice but to have the vision of turning this tiny little building into a cafe is genius.
You enter into the sub-station and about 75% of it is all the kitchen, it is not a large kitchen but the venue cooks nearly everything onsite. It is all about fresh, and it is mostly about healthy. The use Single Origin Beans for the coffee and while we had some I thought I had way too many pics as it was. Put it this way, the coffee is good, if you lived in the area and could get a coffee from here every morning and a savoury pastry to eat at the bus stop you would be in heaven.
PASTRIES AND TREATS TO TAKEAWAY:
They cater about equally to both din-in and takeaway and it is evident the venue makes their pastries and treats based on what is fresh at the markets or in season. Mum wanted to take home pretty much every single muffin they had and their pastries left me in a pool of drool, Homer Simpson style.
Once you walk through the Sub-Station serving and kitchen area you the venue opens to covered garden patio extension. It is open to the kitchen side through a giant hole-in-the-wall. You can sit at the bench in the hole-in-the-wall when visiting as a single and lap up the crap Sydney papers are shoveling or read a book (or check out my insta :)). We walked out and sat at the best seat in the house, directly in front of a giant wall of vibrant healthy herbs that are used in the meals. Having that garden to plate thing in action while you sit among it was very special.
KICKING OFF OUR MEALS:
First of all the above Za-Atar Eggs, I have to admit we didn’t eat it but the venue was kind enough to let me quickly shoot it – too pretty to miss. This was one of their specials.
Mum scored my favourite meal of the visit. The Early Rush was just next level sublime and something I could live on. Fresh roll with free-range eggs, crispy bacon, rocket, brie, station-made pesto aioli – and only $12.50. So sexy I wanna lick my computer screen in desperation while writing this article.
Kashkaval Eggs was my breakfast special. These were served with pan roasted tomatoes. It was delicious and the cheese made the dish. This is not something I would usually order and I would have preferred the Early Rush – it was quite tomato heavy and I don’t eat too many tomatoes. Don’t get me wrong, it was finished, and if tomatoes are your thing this dish is something you need!
MIKE ATE VEGETARIAN:
My stepdad does not eat vegetarian – the end. If I go to cook something vegetarian at home both my parental units have looks in their eyes that indicate they feel I am being cruel. But they eventually eat it and love it and Mike’s words “one of the best vegetarian things I have eaten.” While it did have a tiny bit of bacon in it I am still calling this a veggie dish. Zucchini & Spinach Latkes – grilled haloumi, crispy honey bacon, avocado, greens & herbs, tomato relish and fresh yoghurt dressing. Extra egg $2.50. Mike went the eggs and the latkes were superb, sorry no direct pic of them because the egg porn looks too sexy haha.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE:
Just when we were finishing this big breakfast they offered us dessert and a second round of coffees. Mike can live on coffee and I am a sugar addict so it was evident how this offer was taken :).
The chocolate brownie was thick and moist and something I could eat all day long. The below dish I have asked the venue for confirmation on it’s name. I will edit when I find out but I am pretty sure it was a raspberry citrus tart and it was perfection. Light and fluffy with flavours that had my eyes rolling back into my head. Lovely hand modelling from mother dearest.
IT’S ALL WORTH IT FOR THIS:
Breakfast with the parental units is always good, but having it at SUB-STATION CAFE made it all the more better. Just look at their herbs!!! One thing I have to add thanks for. I was invited to SUB-STATION to review and could bring a plus one. I brought the parental units and was going to pay for one of them. The venue wouldn’t have it and comped the entire meal. Mum bought a bunch of muffins to take away with us because she felt guilty that gave us all this wonderful food for free. I can’t thank you enough SUB-STATION for making this such a wonderful breakfast experience.
SUB-STATION CAFE is one of the best little cafes in Sydney. The people, the food and that venue, all sublime. If I lived in the area I would have a tab at this place and be on a first name basis with all the staff.
SCORE BREAKDOWN: 3/3 food, 2/2 service, 1/1 drinks, 1/1 venue & ambience, 1/1 cost, 1/1 toilets and 0/1 bonus
Sub-Station Cafe Deets:
PH: (02) 9557 9868
Mon – Fri 6.30am – 4pm
Sat & Sun 8am – 4pm
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Yes
GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS: Yes
KID FRIENDLY: Yes
*** JK (and any guests of Spooning Australia) were invited guests of the establishment. However, as always, if it was shite I would happily tell you as such.