When A and I were deciding whether we wanted to move to Canberra, we found that one of the main incentives was Canberra’s close proximity to Sydney (a mere three hour drive!). I grew up in NSW and spent most weekends roaming around the Sydney CBD with my mum. When I originally moved over to Perth, I was homesick for Sydney and would often head back East to get my ‘fix’ of busy Sydney life. Now, I’m homesick for Perth.
A and I made a road trip to Sydney a few weekends ago and it was great having our car in Sydney, as we were able to head to the Northern Beaches as well as scoot around the inner city suburbs in our hunt for food and coffee.
However, on the Saturday morning we decided to walk to Workshop Espresso, which was close to our hotel (and our shopping destinations!) and had excellent reviews on Urbanspoon. When we arrived there was a line outside, with early birds queuing for their takeaway coffees. Seeing as though there was a line on a Saturday morning, I couldn’t imagine how long it’ll be if it was a weekday!
We bypassed the line and found a seat inside. Workshop Espresso has a row of stools on one side of their tiny premise, with the majority of space taken up by the coffee area and kitchenette. Regardless, we were comfortable and enjoyed watching the baristas work their magic.
Workshop Espresso is like an Australian take of the Italian espresso bars. A and I loved visiting espresso bars in Italy when we were there in April, as the main focus is around a good coffee and everything else is secondary. However, Workshop Espresso also provides friendly service and simple but tasty breakfast and lunch options.
A and I ordered a cappuccino and flat white in a larger mug. I have to admit that I’d yet to have a coffee that I’d liked which was made with Toby’s Estate beans, and never knew if it was the barista skills or beans that I didn’t like. After our coffee at Workshop Espresso, we both mentioned that the Toby Estate beans had a lovely taste but is subtler than what we typically prefer. Regardless, the baristas at Workshop Espresso made us an excellent coffee that was exactly what we needed before a busy day of shopping in Sydney!
For our breakfast, A ordered the Fruit Spelt toast with 5 fruits jam. A said that she really liked the toast, which was full of fruit and accompanied by lovely jam.
I ordered the B.A.T. (bacon, avocado smash, fresh tomato on miche) ($9.90). I loved this toastie, which had a generous amount of the avocado smash and bacon. It was also well seasoned and overall, a great breakfast item.
A and I will definitely be stopping at Workshop Espresso again during our next trip to Sydney. Their coffee is made well and I loved the concept of Workshop Espresso – great coffee, friendly service and tasty but simple food options.