[Sydney] Edition Coffee Roasters keeps changing their menu, and so I still get surprises every year I return.
If there are the “10 Best Cafes in Sydney”, Edition will be a shoo-in for one of the top positions.
Noma’s René Redzepi is also a fan of their coffee, and regularly visited them when he was having a pop-up in Sydney. Perhaps some of his inspirations have also rubbed off to the founders of Edition.
This café at Darlinghurst is a Scandinavian and Japanese inspired place, founded by brothers Daniel Jackson and Corie Sutherland.
They not only produced amazing meals, but are also known for their excellent coffee with beans roasted themselves.
Edition Coffee Roasters made a name for themselves for serving some of the best coffee in Sydney, and now they are expanding into dinner, snacks and sake.
Before transparent tea made their way into mass-manufactured bottles, I first visited them a couple of years back for their Elixir Specialty Coffee drink – looked like tea, tasted like coffee.
Sadly, they removed it off the menu. (Perhaps I can understand why, because it can be gimmicky and distracts customers from what is really good within the dining menu.)
The fusion of Scandinavian and Japanese style cuisine is unusual. Some of the dishes they create are quite unusual which creates buzz amongst other foodies.
The focus is on using the freshest ingredients, keeping a small and easy to read menu and providing Sydney siders with something exciting, new and different from the traditional breakfast you might find at local cafes (e.g. eggs or avo on toast).
One of the novel examples was the Chirashizushi Tacos (AUD22, SGD22.20).
We may be familiar with the Chirashi Don, but their version comes with Koshi hikari rice, salmon, pickles, gochu-jang mayo, puffed rice, served with a sprinkling of gold dust on top.
Talk about a luxurious ‘snack’.
You take a piece of the crispy seaweed sheet, roll up the rice, fish and pickles, and pop it in like a sushi roll.
Other items I saw on the menu included a Curry Katsu Burger (AUD20, SGD20.18) of cornflake crumbed pork katsu, ginger cabbage slaw, bacon; Okono-bacon and egg (AUD18, SGD18.16) of bacon & noodle fritters, kombu roasted tomatoes, smoked mayo with pickles and bonito.
The dessert I had – Yakuza in Copenhagen (AUD20, SGD20.18) was buttermilk pancakes like no other, included with gin roasted rhubarb, rose meringue, and honey sour cream.
The combination alone could lead you to think that the pancakes were sweet, tangy, alcoholic (just a faint notch) and never-quite-expected, and interestingly fluffy-soft like Japanese bread.
The interior was fresh and inviting, with a corner sofa where I would read a book with coffee if I visit alone.
Quite a minimalist space, and there are smooth wooden seats with comfy cushions and old-fashioned style lamps hanging from the ceiling. T
Some say “Best coffee in Sydney” with really friendly staff.
Edition is a very experimental restaurant. They try to fuse different aesthetics, vibes and cuisines and everything they make seems to work and draw customers in.
It is definitely a refreshing change to the Sydney café scene.
Edition Coffee Roasters
265 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Opening Hours: 7:00am – 3:30pm (Mon – Thu), 7:00am-3:30pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm (Friday), 8:00am-3:30pm, 6:00pm-10:00pm (Sat), 8:00am-3:30pm (Sun)
Google Maps – Edition Coffee Roasters
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