Obey the Rumble: Café Trio
It’s been years since I’ve visited Café Trio – so long that I’d forgotten where it was and had all but given it up for closed. My memory had misplaced it to the wrong part of Campbell Parade, but luckily after a fruitless search one of my more determined party found it, and we ended up having an amazing breakfast that sustained us throughout a long, hot walk through sculptures by the sea.
Busy as it was (and as I imagine it often is) we still managed to snaffle up an outdoor table, providing us with the perfect vantage point from which to people-watch, which is always such a rewarding pastime in Bondi. Our hastily ordered coffees weren’t as awesome as I’d remembered; next time I’d order a double-shot. However the fresh watermelon, pear, ginger and mint juices were top-notch. Ahh…health in a glass.
Their food menu was full of tempting options, savoury and sweet contending in close competition. The cinnamon vanilla French toast or the corn fritters? The banana and nutella brioche bake or the “boss eggs” with fetta and truffle oil? Decisions, decisions. Standouts turned out to be the mango and lime buttermilk pancakes, beautifully presented, so light and fluffy the texture defied belief. Ice cream was substituted in for the double cream, providing a sweet contrast to the tangy lemon curd and sharply juicy strawberries.
Also highly pleasing to the palate was the vegetarian breakfast – a generous platter of eggs, sautéed mushrooms, spinach and cherry tomatoes, avocado, Persian fetta and carrot sourdough toast. That took a long time to write. It took longer to eat. The eggs were perfectly cooked, the tomatoes were roasted into prime juiciness and the mushrooms were divine. The little pile of spinach revived me so that I stepped out of the café with a spring in my step, biceps bulging, Popeye-esque.
There are also a good selection of teas and several gluten free options for those so inclined. Our waitresses were friendly and never rushed us, which I appreciated considering how busy they were. It’s a great spot to linger with the papers. And, if you’re as lucky as we are, you’ll have a bit of free entertainment watching someone over the road try to reverse parallel park into a hopelessly small spot.
Café Trio, 56 Campbell Parade, Bondi
http://www.triocafe.com.au/ 9365 6044
- Lucy McNabb