Bite-sized Summary: Back in 2015, I stumbled across John Smith and fell in love with a certain avocado on toast with goats cheese, chilli jam and a snowstorm of rainbow coloured edible flowers. Fast forward a few years and I’ve rediscovered this glorious little corner cafe, which is full of character and really (really) great food.
Situated on the corner of Botany Road & John Street in Waterloo, John Smith Cafe is hard to miss with its large, gleaming copper sign set above the entranceway. Exposed brick walls, polished concrete floors, bright, stripey booths and low bar seating along the windows make good use of the compact, industrial space, which has a friendly and relaxed vibe.
On the food menu, John Smith offers signature dishes, a list of mouthwatering burgers and a dedicated benedict list with options like candy bacon, semi curado chorizo and avocado salsa with flowers and pink sea salt. Also available are revamped classics like the bacon and egg roll with caramelised onions and cherry tomato relish, or the granola with vanilla yoghurt pannacotta and raspberry gel.
Wild Roasted Mushrooms ($18.00)
First up, a big, generous bowl of wild roasted mushrooms with goats cheese, runny poached egg, red wine reduction and crispy sage on sourdough toast. The different textures of assorted mushrooms studded with sweet, whole roasted garlic cloves and caramelised onion is a heavenly match together with the tangy goats cheese and crispy, fragrant sage. My dining partner proclaimed these as the best mushrooms on toast he had ever had.
Dukkah Eggs ($18.00)
A strikingly beautiful breakfast dish that I’ve had several times and love for it’s unique, vibrant flavours — two golden, runny poached eggs on sourdough with dukkah, burnt butter, caramelised onion, minted labneh and pomegranate avrils. The tart minted labneh is perfectly balanced with the rich flavours of the burnt butter and caramelised onion. Finished with perfectly poached eggs, this is a must-order at John Smith.
A cafe that I’ll return to time and time again. They’ve managed to capture a quaint coffee shop vibe, complete with smiling, friendly service and innovative food that looks beautiful, tastes incredible and arrives much fast than I ever expect. So if you haven’t already, John Smith is absolutely a cafe every Sydney breakfast lover should visit. I very highly recommend the dukkah eggs!
This post is based on an independently paid visit to John Smith Specialty Coffee.
John Smith Specialty Coffee
1 John St, Waterloo NSW 2017
0422 855 811
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