When A and I usually head to Sydney, we stay in a hotel located within the CBD and try to find eating and coffee options within walking distance. Because A and I are now located in Canberra, the three hour drive allows us to have a car to scoot around the outskirts of the Sydney CBD area, providing an opportunity to try different places. With a little research on Urbanspoon, A found 3Group Espresso located within Darlinghurst, which promised Genovese coffee beans and an excellent breakfast according to reviews posted online.
For those who are not familiar with Sydney, Darlinghurst isn’t too far away from the Sydney CBD and promises a cosmopolitan and up-market vibe. There are loads of cafés, nightclubs and restaurants scattered around the suburb, with the area continually lively.
When we arrived at 3Group Espresso, I was surprised at the small venue on offer. 3Group Espresso still manages to squeeze in a few tables inside, with the same amount located on the sidewalk outside. We decided to sit outside, providing us a great viewpoint to people watch.
Genovese coffee is one of my favourite coffee beans, as it has a strong, bold flavour. Due to our long drive ahead, A and I requested for our coffee to be placed in mugs. The coffee was made well, with the milk creamy and the coffee smooth.
A and I both saw Shakshuka ($13) on the menu and decided we’d order a dish each. When the waitress came to take our order, she told us that one serving was enough to share between two so we decided to take her advice and order only one. When it arrived, I understood her suggestion, as it came in a large pan with two eggs, a baguette on the side with green tahini and hummous. We both love shukshuka, which consists of baked eggs in a spicy tomato sauce. 3Group Espresso’s Shukshuka is vegetarian friendly and would also make a great option for those who are health-conscious.
The baguette was soft and moreish – I spent half my serve mopping up the well-balanced spicy tomato sauce and the other half eating the green tahini and hummous dips, which were quite authentic and tasted similar to what I grew up with. My only criticism was that the eggs were cooked a little too long for my liking, as they were a little hard. Word of warning – this dish is served piping hot and could burn the roof of your mouth if you aren’t careful.
We loved 3Group Espresso and will definitely return the next time we’re in Sydney (which is only in a few weeks!)