Gabriel Coffee. 71/65 Myrtle St, Chippendale. In the middle of the built-up part of Chippendale is a playground, and a large, paved area with some outdoor tables and chairs. A sign says “The Sconery”, an intriguing name.
Step inside, and there’s a coffee machine, a windowed cabinet with salads, and a range of pastries, biscuits and more. Cold drinks are served in mason jars. Coffee is well made. Careful talking to Jason – he talked me into an almond croissant. It was delicious.
Caffe di Gabriel. 56 Connells Point Rd, South Hurstville. Doing an excellent job on an upmarket version of Lebanese pizza (the meat pizza is crispy, the Zatar is generously flavoured), their real strength is in the scrolls, where a range of flavours are on display. I try the Tahini scroll, which is a delightful mix of sweet and savoury.
Coffee is really good: the decaf is fresh ground and the milk work is excellent. This is a great spot to sit down and enjoy the passing of time. It’s a little more pricey than the usual, but the quality justifies it. Recommended.
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Caffe Di Gabrielle. Shop 13, 425 Bourke St, Surry Hills. Lots of natural light from the giant glass walls: outdoor seating is on stools, with plenty of space heaters if you need them. A mixed crowd of well-to-do inner city dwellers sample coffees and pastries (the chocolate brownies seem especially popular). The pastries, which look really impressive, appear to be made on site.
Decaf is ground to order. Sweet, slightly earthy decaf latte. If you’re in the neighbourhood, drop in.
Caffe Di Gabriel coffee. 479 Crown St, Surry Hills. (Formerly called Mangiare?) Feels like a new cafe in its interior. A preference for small tables and chairs, this would be a great spot for a catch-up with a friend, before browsing the amazing paper shop next door.
A decaf grinder is almost the first thing you see when you walk inside the cafe, and the coffee is made promptly by a friendly, engaging barista. At first taste I’m not a fan of the coffee, but given a little time, it mellows into a pleasant enough drop.
Caffe di Gabriel coffee, 268B Cleveland St, Surry Hills. A truly small space: just big enough for the machine, grinder, some shelves, and a sink for washing up. It’s noisy here: there’s almost constant traffic, but the available seating (two milkcrates with cushions) suggests that takeaway coffees are the more popular option.
Coffee is good: the decaf is pre-ground (no room for a decaf grinder), but somes together nicely. Worth a look, if only for the curiosity of visiting such a small place.
Caffe di Gabriel coffee. Shop 602, 207 Kent St, Sydney. Lots of outside seating for the smokers, and on the inside, there’s a high ceiling, a licensed bar, and a largish team of staff keeping everything moving along.
Coffee has a good texture, just the right temperature for drinking, with a slightly sweet finish.
Caffe Di Gabriel Coffee. West St, North Sydney. This is a renovated sandwich bar where nothing is as you’d expect. The staff are friendlier, the food fresher, and the coffee is better.
I’ve never heard someone in a cafe say “bless you” to one of the customers – by name – when they sneeze, and especially not when the cafe is busy.
Coffee – a decaf – has swirling latte art, and is a pleasant decaf to boot (perhaps a little on the weak side). A diamond in the rough – look past its fittings, and try something!