Numero Uno Coffee. 153 Avoca St, Randwick. Heard about this place in the midst of my 30 cafes in 30 days of June challenge, but didn’t manage to make a trip over to Randwick. Indeed, if you’re looking to drive to this part of the world, it’s best to allow some extra time to find parking – it’s a busy street, and there are crowded streets surrounding it.
The barista works in the round: – if you’re seated in the right spot, you can see what they’re doing the whole time.
There is plenty of space to sit with friends and enjoy the ambience: there’s a piano and a guitar in one corner, and a couple of motorbikes inside as decorative features.
The coffee is good enough – I haven’t tried a lot of numero uno decaf, and I couldn’t see a decaf grinder, but there was certainly nothing wrong with it.
Where the place shines is in the food: – there’s a broad range of menu options, and they’re all well executed. You’ll need to look past the graphic design of the menus: when I first saw them, I was worried that the food was not going to be up to scratch.
The service strikes that rare balance. It’s exceedingly welcoming, and clearly, the opportunity to serve any food or drink is a great pleasure. In contrast, it’s not obtrusive: you’re left to make conversation with whoever you’ve brought along.
Reading their blog (at dukeslounge.wordpress.com) it’s clear that this is a place where the owners have poured a great deal of passion, and this comes through in the way they welcome you into your space, and look after you.
They’re also on twitter at @dukeslounge.