For the health conscious, there’s protein smoothies and acai bowls, and for those who just want a good ol’ millenial brekkie (me), it’s hard to go past the crumpets stack with chorizo and harissa relish.
Located on a quiet residential intersection behind St George Hospital, Culture Bean is buzzing with cafe-goers on a warm Saturday morning. Inside, a red telephone box and hanging plants liven up an otherwise dim, industrial space showcasing exposed timber beams and brick walls. With minimal table service available, we order at the counter and take our number outside where there are several tables under the shade.
Drinks: ‘Green Coconut’ avo, spinach, kale, strawberries, banana, almond butter and coconut water ($10); ‘Vanilla Berry Protein’ banana, blueberries, strawberries, vanilla protein, yoghurt and almond milk ($10).
Appealing to the health conscious, Culture Bean’s signature smoothies are filled with ingredients like kale, coconut water, protein and probiotics. They’re large and ice cold, which perhaps helps justify the steep $10 price tag. Unfortunately, I found the “green coconut” tasted like a chunky green juice thinned out with lots of coconut water. The Vanilla Berry Protein, on the other hand, had a nice berry flavour and was creamy without being overly heavy and milky.
‘Culture Crumpets Stack’ with chorizo, bacon, labneh and harissa relish ($17)
Despite a mild case of trypophobia (aversion to the sight of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes), I always loved hot buttered crumpets. Culture Bean serves locally made Crumpets by Merna in both sweet and savoury form, which is a delightfully unique offering that I haven’t seen in a cafe before. Opting for the savoury version, the crumpets were warm and pillowy soft, layered with jammy, caramelised harissa relish, thick slices of chorizo and bacon, balanced with a touch of tangy labne.
‘Culture Burger’ activated charcoal bun, buttermilk marinated chicken thigh, haloumi, wild rocket, vine-ripened tomato, sun-dried tomato pesto mayo and hollandaise ($18)
For those seeking a substantial dish, this chicken burger was loaded with fresh, mouthwatering ingredients prepared with a lot of care. Surprisingly, this was my favourite dish of the day! I loved the succulent, flavoursome chicken with the soft, grilled haloumi and punchy sun-fried tomato pesto mayo.
‘Knafeh French Toast’ with rose water, pistachio and Co-Yo ice cream ($16.50)
This was my first experience with knafeh french toast and I’m not sure I was blown away like I thought I’d be. I think the fact that we left this until last took away from the texture that it would have had upon leaving the kitchen, so I’d highly recommend eating this as soon as it lands on the table. Flavourwise, it was very delicious with a delicately sweet cheese custard centre enhanced with a touch of fragrant rose water syrup.
Serving up a great range of fresh, delicious and highly instagrammable food, this little cafe in south Sydney is full of charm. For the health conscious, there’s protein smoothies and acai bowls, and for those who just want a good ol’ millenial brekkie (me), it’s hard to go past the crumpets stack with chorizo and harissa relish. I’d also highly recommend the culture burger with buttermilk marinated chicken!
Eats with Marie dined as a guest of Culture Bean Cafe. All opinions, comments and photos are 100% honest and my own.
Culture Bean Cafe
15 Gray Street, Kogarah, Sydney, NSW
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