The newest in a chain of coffee cafés, Kingston & Co., Chatswood opened up in the Lower North Shore's favourite shopping centre, adding a classy and cosy option for shoppers looking for a cup of coffee or decent meal.
Part of Chatswood Westfield's transformation into a cornucopia of food, Kingston & Co. brings with them their trademark modern Australian fare and one month in, It's proving to be popular.
Toasty and warm inside the box.
Having organised a local coffee catch up one Saturday afternoon, a friend and I decided to give it a go. What was really appealing was the fact that there was seating in a glass enclosed courtyard, all decked out with timber bench seating and gas flame heaters. It was the ability to sit in a deliciously warm, protected space while still experiencing the beautiful winters' day that got me. I could see this working just as well in summer but in reverse.
From the moment we arrived to the paying of the bill, the service was just incredible. It was by far the best part of the experience. They were attentive without being overbearing, friendly but not fake, and gave us great beverage recommendations.
King's French toast.
As there is nothing better than second breakfast at 2pm, we decided to share the King's French toast ($15) also available with bacon on request. It looked delicious and the portion was absolutely massive -a thick piece of eggy brioche bread slathered in jam served with a tea cup sized side of whipped cream. Unfortunately it was a classic case of looks being deceiving. The flavours were all good but the bread was too soggy with no caramelised crunchy surface that makes biting into a good piece of French toast worth it.
Our drinks on the other hand were lovely. We ordered a large long black ($5.50) which was the perfect strength and bitterness, a peppermint tea ($4) and the recommended hibiscus tea ($5) which was poured hot over a glass of ice - interesting and refreshing and something I definitely recommend for lovers of iced tea. For those who like their tea piping hot, it's probably not your cup.
All in all it was a lovely afternoon and the look of the food being delivered to others indulging in a late lunch suggest that Kingston & Co. might be worth another go.
Where: Westfield, Anderson Street, Chatswood
Why: A classy and cosy place for a catch up
When: Sunday to Wednesday 7.30am-5.30pm, Thursday to Saturday 7.30am-9.00pm