Bite-sized Summary: Sparkling, sugar-rimmed drinks, mirror glazed cakes, sequins and cat pillows. Averry is anything but your typical city slicker cafe. Located in the heart of Sydney CBD, its a delightful little spot catering for both the morning coffee run, after work cocktails and every meal in between.
Despite countless cafes in the city’s surrounding suburbs, there aren’t many that jump to mind when considering a brunch option in the CBD. Enter Averry, Sydney’s newest cafe brewing coffee by day and shaking things up with cocktails and dinner at night.
Nestled on the Chinatown end of Sussex Street, the flower-adorned entrance to Averry cafe gives passersby a glimpse into the vibrant, rose-themed eatery bathed in a soft pink glow. A long stone bar with brushed gold accents lines one side of the room, showcasing glossy little cakes and the open kitchen behind.
‘Rain Forest’ & ‘Lady Pink’ Sodas
First up, two of Averry’s signature sodas, the ‘Lady Pink’ with cherry blossom and rose, and the summery ‘Rain Forest’ with passionfruit, pineapple and mango ($7 each). I tried the latter; a sweet and refreshing blend of tropical flavours with delightfully fizzy soda. I imagine this would be great spiked with a shot of alcohol, which intrigues me to try their cocktail menu 😏
‘Mr. & Mrs. Benedict’
What brunch menu is complete without an eggs benedict? Averry offers a choice between smoked salmon or bacon with two poached eggs, baby spinach and hollandaise sauce on sourdough toast ($17). The hollandaise was creamy, silky smooth and well seasoned; nothing innovative by any means, but a classic done well. Personally, I would have preferred sautéed spinach over fresh, which I feel would elevate the dish with more flavour and a better overall texture.
‘S & A’
Named ‘S & A’ for salmon and avocado, or Sherry and Ava, the co-owners of Averry Cafe, which is also a blend of the two names. A simple and tasty sourdough toast, topped with smashed avocado, smoked salmon, feta cheese, cherry tomato, and pomegranate ($19). At the price point, this dish displayed some inconsistencies across the table, with some pieces of toast cut significantly thicker than others. Flavour-wise, however, its a classic, failproof combination.
Chicken breast sandwich with chorizo, rocket, homemade sauce, tomato and cheese ($16). A flavoursome and satisfying option filled with fresh ingredients, albeit on the pricey side for a sandwich.
Amongst all the breakfast classics, I’m glad to see a more unique offering on the menu. A soft crepe topped with prosciutto, goat cheese, butter hollandaise, fig and rocket ($19). The semi-sweet flavour of the crepe contrasts nicely with the sharp, salty prosciutto, tangy goats cheese and creamy hollandaise. I can imagine the addition of figs would add another dimension of texture and flavour; unfortunately, they were nowhere to be seen.
After 5 pm, Averry also offers a build-your-own crepe type situation with a choice of fresh seasonal fruits and ice cream. Personally, I prefer dessert crepes, however, the breakfast version was met with positive feedback across the table.
‘Averry Day’ (front)
One for the big breakfast lovers – ‘Averry Day’ consists of bacon, chorizo, mushrooms, eggs, tomato, hash brown and sourdough toast, and is great value at $17. A hearty and satisfying classic breakfast with creamy scrambled eggs and flavourful chorizo.
Displayed at the counter are neat rows of gorgeous little mirror cakes. Filled with light-as-air mousse in flavours like matcha, chocolate and rose, finished with a smooth, reflective glaze. Reminiscent and perhaps inspired by the wildly popular Koi Dessert Bar in Chippendale, Averry’s cakes were delicious to eat, although a little too sweet for me.
Stepping off the sidewalk and into Averry Cafe is like falling down the rabbit hole into wonderland. Its quirky, bright and a great little spot to enjoy food and drink amidst the hustle and bustle of Sydney CBD. We tried lots of the classic breakfast options, which although not particularly innovative, were executed very well. I loved the more unique options like the prosciutto crepe and would love to try their crab scrambled egg croissant. Overall, a great cafe in a wonderful location, I’d definitely recommend office workers in the CBD check this one out. Personally, I’m looking forward to trying one of their beautiful new cocktails!
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A big thank you and congratulations to the team at Averry Cafe! Eats with Marie dined as a guest. All opinions, comments and photos are 100% honest and my own.
339A Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000
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