The new Miss Carter Café took over the old Verdict Café in Sydney CBD. This cafe is going to get a complete makeover in terms of management, décor and menu.
The new owner - Taz is not an unfamiliar face. In fact he was the original owner of the LoveBite Café. He ran that café so successfully, he sold it for a healthy profit. Taz has had a lot of successful experiences in the café business. The main attributes to his success are: 1) his coffee is hot, strong and nice; 2) Taz's mum's food is so delicious; and 3) he makes sure that your start to the day is the best it can be.
Taz just opened Miss Carter Café last week and already the news of his comeback has spread across the CBD. He brewed a really good coffee, and he priced reasonably compared to some coffee houses in Sydney city.
Miss Carter Café also offers a fresh variety of breakfast and lunch options. I remember those gorgeous little poached eggs and salmon in miniature rolls fondly.
When I visited Taz's café this afternoon, I recognised a lot of familiar faces. Taz greeted everyone warmly. He even remembered my name!
We examined the new menu with keen interest and we ordered the following:
The lamb souvlaki ($16.50) has got to be my pick of the day. My friend was exceedingly pleased with the tender juicy lamb skewers. The roasted eggplant stack matched perfectly with the grilled haloumi cheese and the zesty green dressing added a tangy sensation.
I wasn't sure if there was enough on the plate, my friend polished the plate clean when I next looked up.
The Ruben sensation sandwich ($11.50) looked quite ordinary, but my friend assured me that it was very flavoursome with the layer of pastrami, sauerkraut dijionaise and a trio of cheeses. It was served with a mixed green salad on the side.
The biggest wow from Miss Carter Café has got to be the quinoa salad ($15). The towering salad stack was filled with quinoa, avocado and vodka-cured ocean trout, topped with beetroot relish, garnished with pistachio specks and a green lemon dressing.
The beetroot relish was slightly overpowering and it masked the delicate taste of the vodka-cured ocean trout. Nevertheless, it was a good salad. The serving size should be a bit more generous as I was still hungry after the salad.
As seating is quite limited it is best to get the pre-made sandwiches during the lunchtime rush hour.
The only downside I can think of when it comes to this café is the dated décor. Unlike Taz's last success, LoveBite Cafe, Miss Carter Café lacks natural light and the existing lighting is quite tired and very orange in colour.
A 'revamp' renovation project to lift this café completely is in the pipeline already, hopefully we will see a sparkling, modern Miss Carter Café soon.
Where: Shop 132, 277 Castlereagh Street Sydney NSW 2000
Why: For Taz's signature dishes and a decent coffee.
Cost: $15 p.p
When: 7:00am - 4:30pm
Good for kids: Yes, but seating is limited
Take away: Yes