WEST JULIETT is Sydney cafe phenomenon. Located in Marrickville, in the Inner West, I gratefully accepted an invite to check it out from the fine folks at Wasamedia and invited Pete from Where Do I Eat Pete to join me. He had been numerous times, worshipped the place and so I thought he would be good company and a positive influence on my visit. What I didn’t expect was to fall in love with everything about this venue. One of the best cafes I have visited in Sydney since I have been writing reviews. Full five spoons tick of approval.
WEST JULIETT VENUE:
Located on a corner on Llewellyn St, Marrickville, WEST JULIETT is massive. There is outdoor seating on both sides of the venue (from memory), one main, huge, indoor section, and then a section off the side and down some steps that also doubles as a second kitchen and actual training kitchen for cooking classes, catering, and the like. It is warm earth colours and off-white walls with cement floors. Industrial Scandi would probably be the best way to describe the interior, it’s simple, modern, and wonderfully designed to be functionally efficient.
We settled on the second kitchen room and it was just superb – it would make my perfect home kitchen. Cooking equipment on one side, one wall a giant window flooding the place with natural light, and warmth, and then an island table to make me swoon – it was ideal for photos and the setting itself just made me buzz before the food had even arrived.
The service was wonderful; after meeting the owner and talking about the venue, a wait-person took our order, delivered it and check on us once more. It was ideal; friendly and efficient but leaving us to our own devices. We arrived not long after opening and when we walked back out of the side room the main part of the restaurant was packed to the rafters and I am pretty certain there were even people waiting for tables to become available.
WEST JULIETT MENU:
WEST JULIETT make their own pastries and baked goods and they use All Press Espresso coffee. Their fresh Jersey milk comes from Warnembool and they make their own sodas. Beef is grass fed Angus from Taralga Springs and they use free range eggs, honey tomatoes and more goods delivered directly from Mary’s farm. On top of that most of their fruit and veg is hand selected from the markets. It comes across in every dish. Every plate we ate was rustic and no matter how dessert-like some dishes looked, they all felt clean and healthy (to some extent) and made with love. The plating was exquisite and seemed to be made with as much thought and design as the venue itself.
There is menu choices for all kinds of eaters with vegan options, gluten-free options and a selection for kids. We stuck to three dishes from the Breakfast and one from the Lunch Menu but I must return to WEST JULIETT because that lunch menu sounds sublime – particular favourite I am eyeing is the 12hr pork, fennel, sharp cabbage, apple, kohl rabi and parmesan and I wouldn’t mind trying their grass fed beef burger!
WHAT WE ORDERED:
- Yoghurt bowl with granola, mango, passion fruit, lemon balm
- Mushrooms, caraway, kasseri, burnt onions, herbs on toast (with added poached eggs)
- Juliett salad, avocado, seasonal vegetables, leaves, nuts, seeds, herbs (with added poached egg and chicken)
- French toast, vanilla strawberries, ricotta, salted caramel
WHAT WE THOUGHT:
Flawlessness filled every plate. Every dish was simple and promoted the ingredients, there was no fireworks and the dishes lacked the bombastic flair of meals these days to get the insta crowd aroused. Instead they concentrated on fine ingredients and wonderfully nuanced balanced dishes and the simple but elegant plating itself highlighted the rest.
The granola was so pretty and while I love granola I could never solely order this in a venue – I need my protein! But if you love granola it doesn’t get much better than this. The mushroom dish was easily my favourite, Pete’s also. The mixture of the Kesseri and the Caraway and the Burnt Onions was divine and the mushrooms were so fresh you would think they were picked out the back of the cafe.
The chicken salad is something I could live off for lunches, so light and perfectly balanced and the panko crumbed egg was a next level addition. And to end our meal the French Toast is one of the best I have ever had. The vanilla strawberries were wonderful and the ricotta was a dream come true. And it was so instaporn without trying I nearly applauded it’s plating.
WEST JULIETT is the culinary equivalent of less is more and it made me fall in love with everything about the venue. If only I lived closer I would be visiting for a regular fix. WEST JULIETT is easily one of the best cafes I have visited this, or any other, year.
SCORE BREAKDOWN: 3/3 food, 2/2 service, 1/1 drinks, 1/1 venue & ambience, 1/1 cost, 1/1 toilets and 1/1 bonus
WEST JULIETT Deets:
PH: (02) 9519 0101
30 Llewellyn St, Marrickville NSW 2204
Mon – SAT: 6am – 4pm
Sun: 8am – 4pm
TAKEAWAY: Coffee and pastries (I believe) – check with venue
LOCAL DELIVERY: I doubt it – check with venue
VEGETARIAN OPTIONS: Yes
GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS: Yes
KID FRIENDLY: Yes
*** JK (and any guests of Spooning Australia) were invited guests of the establishment and/or any PR agencies representing them. However, as always, if it was shite I would happily tell you as such ***
Thanks to Wasamedia for the invitation to attend WEST JULIETT.
For more reviews of Sydney’s finest cafes check it out HERE.