Campos Coffee. 392 Chapel Rd, Bankstown. Spotted this place at random out the car window one day, and thought that a place selling Campos coffee in Bankstown had to be worth a look. As you can see from the photo, there’s lots of outdoor seating, but the inside is a comfortable place to sit too.
The menu, the signage and some of the interior photos have a playful typography to them, and the kitchen out the back works busily the whole time we’re there, filling orders at a comfortable pace.
One offering they have is something I haven’t seen before: it’s called a Bombon – espresso coffee poured over condensed milk: you’re meant to stir it, and then drink it in one go. It’s a syrupy beverage, as sweet as you would expect, but an interesting way to consume coffee.
They have a decaf grinder, and the decaf latte I had was very pleasant. Come for the coffee, stay for the food: try the beef bacon: thinly sliced strips of beef that are cooked up (as far as I can tell) to be a bacon colour,flavour and texture.
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Primo Coffee. 256 Chapel Road Sth, Bankstown. I’d driven past this place any number of times in search of Vietnamese cuisine, and its confused use of an apostrophe, and the face that it looks like a franchise store made me want to explore. It sufficiently piqued my curiosity that I was prepared to overlook the “Primo” banners that surround the cafe, and venture inside, with my kids, no less. As such, please excuse the blurriness of some of these photos – they were taken one-handed with a cameraphone while I nursed a baby with the other hand.
But I digress. The Window part of the name refers to how much glass there is surrounding the cafe – it’s floor to ceiling, it’s the gelato bar, even the fish tank. To keep everything looking tidy, there’s a feature display of window cleaning products:
This place has a strong vietnamese heritage in its menu, and in some of the signage: there are a range of vietnamese coffee drinks on offer, in addition to the traditional western beverages. And they have two grinders – I’m told one is for caffeinated and one for decaf.
The coffee is better than I’m expecting – not amazing, but certainly drinkable. Where this place really shines, though, is the gelato – an impressive range of flavours (I try the sticky rice), each served in a large glass on a bed of diced watermelon, with a cocktail umbrella. If you’re in the neighbourhood looking for a gelato fix, then look no further.
Open 8am-10pm, every day.
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