Three Williams: Obey The Rumble
The folks behind Three Williams have not only created a café with good food, they’ve cleverly opened in a location that was formerly a culinary desert. Located smack bang in the middle of that awkward stretch of Elizabeth Street where you’re at least a ten minute walk from anything decent to eat (but, maddeningly, within a stone’s throw of twenty yoga studios), this place is well worth a breakfast or lunchtime visit.
Coffee is decent, if potentially a couple of degrees cooler than I’d personally prefer. Coming in at highly recommended is the Raspberry and Coconut dairy free smoothie, served in a milk bottle with a chunky straw. Pleasingly filling thanks to its thickshake-esque consistency, it manages to be creamy, fruity and slightly tart all at once.
Also delicious is their salad of caramalised cauliflower tabbouleh with quinoa, pomegranate seeds, onion, walnuts and preserved lemon. They also sneak in some crunchy fennel, which provides a beautiful contrast to the earthy walnuts and bitter lemon. Nutritious never tasted so good. Sandwich lovers will enjoy their "narnies" - a house made naan-style flat bread (slightly thicker and heavier than a traditional naan) filled with goodies. The grilled prawn version is a success, and if you’re vegetarian you’ll dig the friend tempeh version with crunchy Asian style pickled veggies, a fairly mild sriracha and tangy lime mayo.
Laid-back and friendly in vibe, 3 W’s is free from hipster pretentiousness and you won’t feel conspicuous eating alone, given the number of solo diners from nearby studios munching on salads whilst scribbling and sketching away.
Three Williams 613 Elizabeth Street Redfern http://www.threewilliams.com
By Lucy McNabb