First thing’s first. Yes, there is a barbershop inside the café, and no, there was no hair in the coffee.
It’s a pretty weird mix of things, this café, but they do it well. As a bald man, who shaves his own head, I can’t really comment on the barbershop itself, but I do eat food, and Blends & Brothers has that covered.
The table wasn’t wiped down at first, but that seemed pretty out of character as the staff quickly cleared every other table as soon as they emptied up.
Blends & Brothers is excellent. Really. Starting with their Warm Chicken Salad ($12) was a good idea. It’s light, it’s tangy, and there are so many things to say but time would be better spent just eating it.
The chorizo slices were a great addition to the dish, providing some peppery zest while the cucumber shavings add moisture and freshness. The chicken was tender and well proportioned. And it was served in a trendy little pot that just feels cool.
They have a milkshake option ($5), but really, it’s just a chocolate milk. Nothing fancy—except it comes in a jar, which feels very hip.
It’s trendy, it’s arty, it’s rustic. The music was upbeat and at a good volume. The staff were laid back and friendly. There was a steady flow of customers, some with whom the staff had a great rapport.
Next up, the Sliders. Okay, so the spread of the American favourite has reached just about everywhere in Sydney, and while the dish itself is good, sometimes Australians fall short of the American recipe. But at Blends & Brothers, it is something to be remembered.
First of all, they are offered individually for $3. That’s cheaper than a lot of places. They are smaller than usual, which isn’t a bad thing, it keeps it light and you can always just grab another one. They have a few different flavours, and they nail every single one. The classic pulled pork with jalapeño is excellent, but not very spicy. The cheeseburger is spot on—pickle, mustard, and a beef patty that tasted real.
The Homemade Lemonade ($4): homemade in this case really just means that they mix things for you. It tasted somewhat like Schweppes with lemon or lime syrup and garnished with fresh lemon and lime wedges and mint. For anyone that doesn’t know, that’s basically a common lemon lime bitters without the bitters. It looked pretty, though.
Now. The coffee—it’s brilliant. It is a bitter (the good kind of bitter), strong, full-bodied, lovely flavour that has gained a new regular customer. The decaf long black ($3) is just amazing.
Blends & Brothers are supplied by Pablo & Rusty’s Coffee, so if you see that label anywhere, expect good things.
If you’re ever caught with someone needing a haircut while you just wanted to relax, or if you just want a cool little café to sate some cravings, then try Blends & Brothers. Blends & Brothers has only been open a few months at Rouse Hill Town Centre, but they really seem to know what they’re doing already. It is far better than many of the café chains that pop up everywhere.
Where: Rouse Hill Town Centre
Cost: Reasonably Priced: 35.50
Good for kids: Yes
Take away: Yes, selected items.