If it wasn't for the brand new chill out, shopping and play space The Pottery opening, Macchina Espresso would probably not exist.
My foodie neighbours know about this place already, thanks to me and my own backyard food discoveries as of late.
Apart from the wind, I have nothing to fault about this brand new cafe and trendy foot spot in what is fast becoming trendy Kingsgrove.
The staff are friendly. Regardless of who serves you, that is what I've recently discovered. You can either pay at the counter, or full table service is provided. Apart from roasting quality arabica coffee, Macchina Espresso also is licensed to sell a combination of local and imported beers. Their head chef has well over ten years experience in the hospitality industry.
Came here for lunch recently, just to get out of the house. The value for money (almost $20 well spent) was my meal ticket (sorry, no pun intended) to a beautiful siesta warming up to conduct another twilight food walking tour.
Iced Chai's (to begin with) are hard to come by in Sydney. I was excited to discover that Iced Chai's were on the menu. As it was a hot day, and therefore without any reservations I went for a Small Iced Chai ($5). It did not take long for this drink to arrive on my table. A bit of milk did spill around the edges, however, the staff member serving me apologised and fixed the situation up real quick. It pays to not cry over spilt milk. I was blown away with the serving size of this drink. Imagine how much you'd receive for a large if that was a small. I was full as. This drink was beautifully presented, and there was the perfect amount of ice to keep my drink cool for long enough, without having to suck the ice later.
However, in saying this, I did not regret ordering an Eggs Benedict ($13.90) with poached eggs, ham and spinach with hollandaise sauce on sourdough bread - toasted of course. Thank you so much for allowing customers to enjoy an all day breakfast option.
Served on a black plate, I tucked in as quickly as I could. There was just the right amount of butter on the sourdough bread. This is even coming from someone who does not consume much butter in the first place. Loved the eggs. The yolk was at the right consistency, and the spinach was fresh. It blended in beautifully with the ham. There was just the right amount of sauce.
Again, I was full. No faults. I am so pleased with the whole experience at Macchina Espresso. So grateful that this place is only a two-minute train ride from my house.
Where: The Pottery, Masham Avenue Kingsgrove. Right next to Kingsgrove Train Station.
Why: All day breakfast options, and for their Iced Chai's.
Cost: My bill came to $18.90.
When: Lunch time