[Sydney] If there is a top “10 must-visit cafes in Sydney”, Three Williams should be one of the shoo-ins.
Despite opening for quite a number of years (since 2013), it still remains the favourite of many in Sydney, due to its great ambience, excellent service and always-changing menu.
Come during the right season, and experience its amazing truffle dishes.
The only thing is being located at Redfern, the location is slightly ‘off’, though it is still a relatively short 15 minutes’ walk from Central station.
“Three Williams” named after three men who were significant to Redfern, their names were William Redfern, William Chippendale and William Hutchinson.
The owner of the café is Glen Bowditch, previously associated with The Grounds Of Alexandria and Sonoma Bakery. Toby Laccarino is co-owner, they met in the hospitality industry and this is their first venture together. The chef Tim Bryan used to work at Aria and Chiswick.
They have aspirations to be a destination for people to go to repeatedly.
The hip café Is located within an old warehouse (previously used for a furniture store), so expect concrete floor, wood, exposed pipes and bricks, washed blonde tones, and tanned leather benches.
It is also quite large and spacious (not many like it in the Redfern area), very welcoming, and you never have to wait too long for their well-presented food and coffee.
The menu is constantly changing, they want people to keep coming back to see what’s new.
Basically, they are trying to put their own twist on café classics and keep things exciting.
The team also supports local growers, so things like kale, cauliflower, avocado are all sourced locally and the rest (apples, oranges, daikon) from rural growers and through Fruitique from NSW farmers.
Known for their highly inventive dishes, an example is their ‘Narnie’ (AUD18) which is a sandwich similar to bao and is made with a folded piece of house made toasted flatbread (a bit like naan bread) and then stuffed with fillings like Peking duck, beef brisket or tea-smoked chicken.
Other items on their menu include the Cheese Burger (AUD20), Fig and Maple Granola (AUD14), Vegan Bowl (AUD18), Poke Bowl (AUD22), Chicken Quinoa Salad (AUD23) and Maple Bacon Blini (AUD22).
One of their signatures is also the French Toast, which changes quite regularly (note: my photos show an older version of their French Toast).
Currently, they serve up a Golden Gaytime French Toast (AUD18) of crunchy brioche topped with house-churned vanilla ice cream rolled in chocolate cookie crumbs, fresh strawberries, chocolate crisps, and toffee sauce.
A visual treat as well.
(Photo credit: @pinkypiggu)
Head over during the truffle season (typically launched during June), and you get to experience special truffle dishes available only a short period of time.
The Roasted Peking Duck Angel Hair Pasta (AUD36) makes a comeback, with ginger infused cream sauce, parsley, fresh truffle and fried onion crumb.
You can Crispy Truffle Skin Chicken Breast (AUD36) with sweet corn puree and kernels; and Mushroom Scrambled Eggs and Sautéed Kale (AUD34) – both topped with fresh truffle of course.
Coffee is supplied by Single Origin, a well reputed roastery from Surry Hills. Character of the beans is smooth and nutty, a real crowd pleaser.
613A Elizabeth St, Redfern NSW 2016, Australia
Tel: +61 02 9698 1111
Opening Hours: 7:00am – 4:00pm (Mon – Sun)
Google Maps – Three Williams
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