Morgan’s coffee. 291 Annandale St, Annandale. I’ve been to Annandale a few times, and so when I looked up this place on my list of “cafes to visit one day”, I was surprised that I’d never seen it before. Arrive there, and you’ll realise that this is the only retailer for a reasonable stretch in any direction. Plenty of places to park on the street nearby, and a couple of comfortable places to sit while you’re queueing.
Arrive here late for breakfast on a Sunday, and you can expect to spend 15-20 minutes waiting for a seat. As it was, we took an outdoor table – the first available offering, and settled in. While you’re waiting, the staff are an absolute pleasure, though – they’re happy to keep you updated with availability, and ensure a warm reception at your table (there are even blankets provided for patrons, on the back of each seat). This is a place where the details have been carefully thought out.
After surveying the menu, I’m actually stuck between a few choices. When in doubt, I generally order a vegetarian big breakfast. Anyone can make a plate full of bacon and other delicious treats work well, but if you can make an appealing dish for vegetarians that doesn’t feel like leftovers, then you’re doing something right.
On a busy day like the day we visited, there was a long wait before the food arrived – we’d finished our first round of coffees and were almost persuaded to order a second round before the food arrived!
Indeed, the vegie breakfast is amazing. The eggs are a little bit more runny than I’m expecting, but the pan is so hot that they cook after you break into them with knife and fork. A great mix of flavours between the beans, the fetta and the avocado – I surprise myself by eating the whole thing!
For the carnivores, there is a more spectacular option – the big breakie looks and smells amazing, and is well received by my breakfast companions.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the hot chocolate: I think I prefer my hot chocolate to be thicker, and stronger in flavour. It’s perfectly drinkable, but not amazing.
The hotcakes, on the other hand are amazing. So incredibly sweet, and with great texture – I don’t normally order something like this, but I’m seriously tempted to try them on a return visit.
And this brings me to the coffee. I couldn’t see a decaf grinder in my brief time inside the cafe, and – while perfectly drinkable – this didn’t seem to be the amazing coffee I was hoping for.
In short, this is a place to visit when you’re in the mood to savour some great, well-made food. Don’t come here if you’re in a rush, but bring a big appetite.