Diamond Cafe, Hurstville

Diamond Cafe, Hurstville

Mokador Coffee. Shop 4, 1 Diment St Hurstville. Formerly “Espresso Lane” this cafe is now an unusual combination of a chinese restaurant and a cafe. The menu is as broad as it gets, I think: you can get standard toast / eggs / big breakfast combinations, but also a range of different Asian cuisine, and even (tapioca) pearl drinks!

Coffee is surprisingly good: the decaf is preground, but has a pleasant flavour, and a good balance between the milk and coffee.

Open from 6am each day, this place would make a great stop before heading up to Hurstville train station, if that’s your daily commute.

George St cafe, Burwood

Mokador Coffee. 26 George St, Burwood. near the train station, this is a cafe with a big sandwich bar, and a good range of breakfast options from the bay marie, and the staff are helpful, and suggest options.

The decaf comes pre-ground in a translucent container, and – though the first few sips are not great – eventually turns into an acceptable cup.

Achieves what it sets out to do well: it’s a good place to sit and catch up with friends: there’s space between the tables, and the staff are friendly and polite.

Café fix, Sutherland

Mokador coffee. Corner of flora st and merton st, sutherland. On a recommendation from a friend, we turned up back here again: eating nooks galore, and a broad menu with a couple of off-beaten-track menu options.

Coffee is okay. Neither hitting the high notes nor the low, it’s a good complement to the food on offer.

If you’re in the area, this is as good a place as any to call in.

Cafe Fix, Sutherland

Café Monz, Cronulla

Mokador coffee. Shop 4, perryman pl, cronulla beach. The outdoor tables (mostly) have water views, and all can hear the ocean. A big range of breakfast choices, q little expensive, but big serves.

Coffee is slow in coming out, and it’s served hot – too hot to pick up at first. The decaf latte is served with a too foamy head. Though the first sip is bad news, it improves with time, and gets to a point of being drinkable.

The Avenue café and espresso bar, Mosman

Mokador coffee. 185-187 Avenue Road Mosman. Sinatra music is softly piped into this cheery wood-lined space. Dark chocolate colour scheme, friendly staff, locals enjoying breakfast. Not cheap – the big breakfast weighs in at $16.50, but that includes juice and coffee.

Coffee is the right temperature, but the aroma is straw-like; it has that sense of floury taste that I’m sadly not a fan of. It’s a shame; as a place to spend time, it’s very pleasant.

Bar mokador, Pitt St, Sydney

Mokador coffee. Plenty to look at if you take a seat inside. A big range of pastries, and pasta choices for the lunch crowd. Staff are efficient, if not exceptionally friendly, and the service is fast, especially from the takeaway window. A couple of exotic beverage choive adorn the otherwise standard drinks menu: for example, an italian hot chocolate.

Coffee, though not fresh ground, is pleasant – certainly drinkable. Hot enough to drink immediately, smooth and without unpleasant afteraste. 7/10.

Train Stop Café, Cobargo

Mokador coffee. This place will love forever in my memory because it is half shop, half train carriage. Inside a converted suburban train carriage (one of the old red rattlers) is seating for twenty or thirty people, mostly at tables and chairs, but for the lucky few, on one of the original train seats.

The store also has a range of lollies and souvenirs for sale, and a breakfast and lunch menu with a broad range of choices.

Coffee takes a while, and it’s nothing to write home about; I would order the devonshire tea or something more substantial instead.