So one day i asked:
"Hey, where can i get good coffee with Melbourne as the benchmark?"
(Now S being a Sydney-sider who in general deems everything that comes out from Sydney to be the best and anywhere else particularly Melbourne as inferior ..)
"Mate, let me say Melbourne is a sh*thole and do not ask me to make comparisons with Melb to anything. Everything and anything is in Sydney. Full Stop!! :-P"
With that in mind that Sydney is the best, my friend suggested one weekend we go to Campos, an award winning coffee specialist from where else but Sydney!
Determined to keep an open mind, i was slightly disappointed to see that the baristas did look a bit on the young side and looked like they were rushing out their coffees; not a good sign to a good coffee. However, they do serve double ristretto latte and they do a cold drip too, signs that they take their coffee seriously.
The cold drip coffee was served in a wine glass, apparently to give you a better whiff of it when you smell it. Smooth on the palate without being too bitter, this was a good choice for the rather sunny morning.
The moment of truth; was the coffee miles better than a Melbournian coffee? Certainly comparable and i think just about on par with the coffee in Melbourne but definitely not miles ahead. Unfortunately when i read of reviews of the Campos in Sydney, everyone raves about it though. Despite the fact that this might not be the real deal from Sydney, it is still definitely a cup of decent brew and i am comforted by the fact that i can get hold of a good cup somewhere in Brisbane instead of the horrid stuff i get at my office lobby.
How about the breakfast items?
The Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon. The only qualm is the heat from the egg and tossed spinach had totally cooked off the salmon which i didn't like. Otherwise, they did a beautiful job with the poached eggs which came with runny yolks.
Forgive my poor memory but this was the dish that had chorizos and potatoes topped with the sunny side egg. A rather unorthodox breakfast item, it seemed rather odd to eating pieces of roast potatoes for breakfast and could have done better, if it came with a slice of toast.
Another variation of smoked salmon on toast came with a rocket salad on top. Being a rather cold dish, the smoked salmon remained its original texture.
Breakfast with coffee comes up to about AUD 20 per pax. Not as cheap as eating breakfast at home but dollar for dollar, i would be struggling to get anything of this quality back in Malaysia. A place that i can console myself with Sydney coffee since Melbourne coffee is almost impossible to get around in this part of town.
Address and contact details:
11 Wandoo St (just behind James Street Market),
Fortitude Valley, QLD, 4006
Tel: (07) 3252 3612
Open Daily 9am-5:30pm
Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars. The breakfast items could have been better and it was quite hot to sit al-fresco (as it is quite a small place) but the coffee is definitely one of the better ones i had in Brisbane.