In the morning before we leave Sydney for Melbourne, my brother and I decided to wake up early and we made a spontaneous decision to walk to The Rocks. We’ve been to the Opera House before but since we rarely come to Sydney, we decided to do all those touristy stuff again anyway. We wanted to grab some breakfast after walking through the beautiful and quiet alleyways in that area and came upon The Fine Food Store. It was nestled in the corner of Mill and Kendall Lane, and situated right next to a hotel. At first, I was surprised by the number of people in line at such an early hour on a working day, but I came to realize many ordered takeaway coffee. The cafe was a hidden gem and it was just one of those unexpected finds that turns out to exceed your expectations. Bottom line: Don’t know where to get breakfast or brunch in Sydney? Try out The Fine Food Store!
– General Review –
- Service: 7.5/10
Decent service, although some staff were friendlier than the majority who were quite passive. A variety of merchandise on display, not limited to just coffee. They don’t provide a wide selection of food choices though.
- Servicescape: 7.9/10
I liked the servicescape here and even though it’s not the most upscale cafe, it’s really relaxing and chill. Although the cafe was crowded, there’s a sense of peacefulness as well. The Fine Food Store is located in a quiet and hidden alleyway away from the touristy areas of The Rocks, but it’s still very popular. There’s a strong coffee aroma that can be detected right after I step inside the cafe, and there’s upbeat and cheerful music playing in the background. The cafe has a fairly low ceiling, a little dark on the inside, but brighter when you sit closer to the window. There were plenty of quaint decorations on display, and the whole cafe just gave off a warm and cozy feeling.
- Non-smoking area: Yes, seats are indoors and smoke-free.
- Vegetarian dishes: Limited vegetarian dishes available, including the Shakshuka and Baked Mushroom Toastie.
- Price range: $ (AU$7 – $15 for most main dishes.)
Overall Rating: 8.7/10
– Food Experience –
Beautifully presented, strong coffee taste, and well-balanced with chocolate and milk. Loved the coffee!
2) Brioche Toast:
I ordered the Brioche Toast and it was the best decision I’ve made all week or something. Since I was suffering from a sore throat on the last day, I was relieved that the dish was so easy and soothing on the throat. The sweetness wasn’t too overwhelming and sickly, since it was balanced out by the sourness from the strawberries and caramelized banana. The honeycomb was lovely, and it was so helpful in making my throat feel better. The toast was soft and cut thickly cut, and the dish was topped with crushed macadamia nuts. The Brioche Toast also had a lovely presentation and it was an amazing dish overall.
The Shakshuka is vegetarian-friendly and it’s a savory dish that went really well with the thin and crispy grilled Lebanese bread. The butter that accompanied it was also really fragrant and easy to spread. The shakshuka was also a little sour and spicy, but because the spices were quite strong, it itched the throat a little. I didn’t have much experience with Middle Eastern food but it’s definitely one of the most exotic dishes I’ve tried.
Contact number: +61 2 9252 1196
Website: The Fine Food Store
Operating hours: Mon – Sat: 7am-5pm
Posted by: V