Ah, Sydney does do a cafe very well. As we were both sitting in Uliveto browsing the menu with the sun pelting down into the courtyard and plenty of beautiful people sipping their lattes and reading the paper I realise this is one thing I miss about Sydney. Kim and I both living in this neighborhood when we were in Sydney, and working above at Hugo's Lounge (when it was still a restaurant) Uliveto was a regular stop of ours.
It's nice to see some of the classics are still featured on the menu. But the space has expanded! They've done a great job at keeping the cafe feel with the courtyard, but there's a nice little indoor space and a much bigger kitchen. We both spot Walter hanging around and talking to regulars, but also see him jump into the kitchen when they're getting slammed and pump out some dishes, before getting right back to chatting away.
Our drinks arrive promptly. I have a delicious carrot, apple and ginger juice. Freshly squeezed and oh-so vibrant. Kim has a mango smoothie, full of ripe fruit and not too sweet.
I order a bowl of Austrian salad. There's a few plump tomato chunks and a mountain of grated carrot heavily dressed (I guess that was the Austrian part?) with some mixed greens sitting on top.
To accompany this I choose a mini-roll. It arrives on a little crispy sourdough bun (definitely from Infinity) and there's rocket, prosciutto, roasted corn relish, dried tomato and goats cheese. I'm very happy!
Kim has a panini that has great thick slices of lamb sausage, some grilled zucchini, sweet onion relish, rocket and lashings of dijon mustard. The bread is a big fluffy Turkish fella and the generous fillings make this an all round good sanga.
As we're paying, a jar of Dutch Speculaas draws me in.
I often enjoyed Specalaas as a kid, with the whole Dutch family and all, so can't resist 2 to-go. We don't even make it to the end of Bayswater Rd before we're both munching away at this heavily cinnamon spiced, crumbly, sweet goodness.
33 Bayswater Rd
Kings Cross, Sydney