The ever exciting and transforming cafe culture is growing within Sydney’s West. Cafe Fred in Penrith is the latest premises to open it’s funky doors, offering delicious coffee with a menu of light food options.
Front of house
Pull up a stool, sit in the sun and read the news.
There are small stools located outside the shopfront for sippers who prefer a street view, or walk into the ultra-modern interior and take a seat. Charcoal painted walls are adorned with bright modern prints, matched with classic black and white cushions which line the seating.
Bold, bright artworks decorate the walls.
Classic black and white cushions
It’s a brisk saturday morning and I am caffeine deprived with breakfast on my mind. A quick greeting from a staff member, I am advised to take a seat anywhere inside the near empty cafe. A waiter comes over and hands me the menu with no greeting or explanation of the options/blackboard specials.
Cafe Fred menu
French art prints give a classy touch
An impressive drinks range featuring Molineri blend coffees starting at $3.50; Teas by Tielka ($4); Juices by Raw Wellness ($7.50); OJ by Fred ($5) and Organic coconut Water ($4). Customers also have access to two fresh water fountains - a choice of tap water or lemon infused.
Water Fountains for customers to use
Organic Coconut water
Ordering a mug of soy latte ($4.80), the coffee is robust and definitely the wake up call I was looking for. Beautifully made, and a very enjoyable drop.
A great mug of soy latte
Menu options are restrained. For Breakfast there are a few options like: Hot Vanilla Crumpets ($5); Organic Fruit Toast ($6); Toast (Turkish, sourdough served with jam, honey or vegemite $6); Avocado Smash ($9.5); Breakfast Trifle ($7) or Eggs and Soldiers ($8).
Take away items
Lovers of the classic jaffle (toasted sandwich) will be pleased with their strong presence on the menu - starting at $7 and up to $8.5. Choose from classic combinations like The Reuben, Baked Beans, Leg Ham, and for something different mixed berries.
The blackboard special for the soups ($9) featured a green soup and pumpkin soup. Salad ($9) was beetroot, red onion and walnut. Muffins and sweets start at $4, with the muffin of the day being raspberry and granola.
Blackboard menu items
As I am a zealous lover of avocado, I ordered the avocado smash. A fresh combination of avocado mixed with lime, chilli flakes, baby spinach, coriander and a sprinkle of goats cheese generously served on top of a crusty piece of sourdough. It was an energising synthesis of flavours.
For something sweet I also ordered the organic fruit toast. Four thin slices of bread, delicately decorated with pieces of juicy organic fruit. Great for a small bite to eat.
Organic fruit toast
I also ordered the very appetising Breakfast trifle; constructed with layers of muesli, yoghurt, honey and berries. Unfortunately the trifle never arrived…
After explaining the no-show with a staff member, she was apologetic and provided a take away version of the trifle as compensation.
The breakfast trifle, bright and bold.
There is potential for Cafe Fred to be a leading cafe in the area. It has a gorgeously designed interior, and the menu is inviting. Given that it is only new, some teething problems are evident - especially the staff’s lackadaisical attitude; one of the main contributions to the lukewarm ambience.
Simple eats and great coffee for a dine in brunch or quick take away.
Rating: 6 /10
Where: Shop 7 354 High Street Penrith NSW.
Why: Good coffee and light meals.
Cost: $4 up for food items, $3.50 for coffee.