It was exactly two months ago I visited this fantastic cafe in Potts Point. I remember clearly, the morning following I drove to the snow for a week’s holiday. It was pissing down with rain, I still had a hacking cough, it was freezing and it was blowing a gale plus I caught a ferry in to the city. And yet after travelling through basic typhoon conditions I still had a brilliant time at the lovely Uliveto Cafe. I pronounce it and find it clever – You Live to Cafe – love it :).
ULIVETO CAFE VENUE:
One of my foodie guests cancelled on the morning. The other, the very thorough flatlay obsessed grammer, @eatingwithyoureyes was running 40mins late due to weather so I sat under shelter, rugged up with book and mocha, reading and checking out the venue.
The venue is a little oasis in the heart of Potts Point. On the fringes of the CBD its outdoor seating area is something more common on the Northern Beaches. Having been established for fourteen years the people at ULIVETO CAFE know what they are doing. They source locally roasted coffee beans from The Little Marionette coffee roastery and all the produce is professionally prepared and presented. It has a certain Parisian cosmopolitan dining feel to it that was not hindered by the pesky weather. I loved sitting outside under cover and watching the rain, it made my coffee nicer.
ULIVETO CAFE MENU:
ULIVETO CAFE has a fairly extensive and appealing menu. The winner being that they offer all day breakfast and all day lunch dining. No annoying time restrictions on either menu – you like it, you want it, order it. This would be very appealing when hungover on a weekend :). As there was only two of us we decided to try a couple from the breakfast and a couple from the lunch menu. Nothing disappointed in the slightest.
Following on from coffee and fresh healthy juices we commenced on the food and our first dish was the most vibrant pancakes. Buttermilk and cinnamon pancakes with banana, berries, and coyo and pistachio dukkah. And we were off – just look at how beautiful it is below. Nearly too gorgeous to eat.
Next was my favourite dish from the morning, the always stunning always hearty, Spanish Eggs. Spanish style baked eggs with tomato, capsicum, onion, garlic & spices for $15-. YES PLEASE!! It had an incredible heat to it that made me fall in love it it and was nearly more pretty than the pancakes. I would return for this dish alone.
The rest of our dishes, excluding the mussels are either breakfast or lunch so we shall call them brunch meals. Kicking off with the uber healthy, uber divine, Avocado Benedict. Avo base, poached yolk porn worthy eggs, hollandaise sauce and tomato salsa. With a side of bacon this is the perfect meal in every way. This meal, as with the pancakes, were specials so they will not be on the menu all the time. I suggest if you see them you order them.
Next up was the least pretty but a most worthy dish. A meal I know my mum would HAVE to order if we visited ULIVETO CAFE together. Smoked Trout, shallots & parsley omelette. I could nearly live on smoked trout as my go to protein – it is so sublime. As was this dish, but dig in hot, this one is not suited to 45min flatlays prior to eating.
Another dish not suited to a 45min flatlay was the mussels, however we kept the lid on between shots and it stayed warm. This was @eatingwithyoureyes’ favourite dish. That broth was incredible. Tasmanian mussels cooked in garlic, onion, fresh herbs & creamy white wine sauce. I credit that flavour to the wine, it also explains why @eatingwithyoureyes loved it so much :).
ULIVETO CAFE offers much more than the food we indulged in. Besides the wonderful menu they are soon to be offering a Paleo Fit Food menu option and also Coffee Classes. The place used to be a little famed for its fantastic coffee-top art and that plus its use of locally roasted beans and its size make it ideal for coffee classes. On top of this they also own the first floor, a large studio space ideal for whatever function or event you need. It plays host to KoiYoga regularly embracing the newly gentrified healthy hub that is now Potts Point.
I was expecting a one of thousand standard cafe experiences in Potts Point/ Sydney. A place that makes standard cafe food but makes fine coffee. Instead I found an institutional cafe that is fanbloodytastic and aims to better itself and the local communitty. Can’t do anything but praise that. I will be back for more, perhaps on a fine summer day . Happy feasting friends.
PH: (02) 8318 2240
BOOKINGS: Not necessary
TAKEAWAY: Yes – limited
KID FRIENDLY: Yes
Mon to Sat: 7am – 5pm
Sun: 8am – 5pm
*** 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.