I first visited the warehouse wonder of 10 Neild Avenue in early 2013, at the time that it was the former residence of modern-Mediterranean restaurant Neild Ave. Iím sure you couldíve imagined the near heartbreak I felt at the news of its closure months after. Vivid memories of Pinot Noir, charred octopus and mural filled ceilings came rushing back to me. Though I (and my fellow Sydney Food lovers) dearly mourned the loss of this food haven - fortunately it wasnít long till it was returned to us. Destiny (embodied as The Keystone Group) re-birthed this industrial masterpiece in the deli-lightful form of Rushcutters by year end.
Once this good news surfaced, the dual forces of my warehouse crush and love for breakfast food had me there my first vacant Sunday morning. My heart was on the road to recovery from the 'Neild Ave no moreí saga, and a latte and something deli-fresh was indeed its medicine. Walking into the new fit-out, that feeling of astonishment came over me again like my first visit. The meeting of towering timber columns and soft, poetic lighting greets you upon entering. The space is so bold, yet ever so elegant. It illuminates the most stunning kind of charm - like a super sized, chic winter cabin.
Taking a seat, we were met by crisp blue napkins and art-deco style water tumblers. Iím a sucker for attention-to-detail, and Rushcutters was really ticking boxes, starting with their table dressing. We put in our coffee orders and discussed what the menu had to offer. I (as per usual) had a bit of a sticky beak at what surrounding tables were chowing down. Nosey I know. I ordered Crushed White Bean on toast, roasted tomato and oregano ($14) with a side of Avocado ($4) as always. Once ordered, the wait on our meals became a little lengthy. After-all it was Sunday morning - brunch peak hour. The team at Rushcutters however made no excuse of this. On their own accord they apologetically sent over a complimentary round of coffees. My attention-to-detail radar continued to skyrocket. I really admire waiters that genuinely care for the experience of their patrons. Hospitality chivalry isnít dead here.
My breakfast soon arrived upon a beautiful navy, floral-print plate. I couldnít wait to scoop up a dollop of the creamy avocado. My sourdough was toasted to perfection (not overdone and crunchy); it still had that right amount of sponge to it. Graciously honouring its part in the textural hierarchy of my breakfast. Crisp sourdough; juicy-sweet tomato; warm-mushy white bean and fresh avocado all came together deliciously. Simple and classic flavours always win in my books.
Three lattes later, brunch came to an end. I was supremely impressed and too relieved. My heart was fluttering over the beautiful Rushcutters Bay address once again. Not only was this warehouse-wow back in the game, I think it was maybe even bettering its predecessor. Stop in for a takeaway coffee and ready to go pretzel one morning, or maybe an afternoon vino and smoked meats is more your speed. Whichever your poison, Rushcutters is sure to satisfy.
Where: 10 Neild Avenue Rushcutters Bay NSW
Why: It has it all. Coffee, brunch, wine, take-away and more.
Cost: $15 - $40
When: Monday - Friday 7am-late. Saturday/Sunday 7:30am till late.