Did someone say Truffle? Start your day the right way with the new Bacon, Egg and Truffle Roll from Coffee Box Espresso!
At 6.30am each weekday morning (8am on weekends), Vasili Doukakis and his team at Coffee Box Espresso open the doors of their busy Darling Harbour cafe, to the delight of their regulars. Office workers, students and travellers line up one by one for their morning cuppa and are greeted by name, and with a smile.
The cafe is instantly recognisable. It is – as it’s name suggests – a Coffee Box, tucked on the second floor exit on the northern end of Darling Harbour’s Harbourside Shopping Centre. Large windows are framed by dark wooden panels. They reveal a stylish and functional kitchen space that’s great to work in until, as Vasili puts it, it becomes a wind tunnel.
Toby’s Estate is the bean blend of choice at Espresso Box, and I know I’m in for a delightful start. I order a Mocha ($4.50) and ask for the sexiest thing on the menu – something I learnt to ask from my friend and fellow foodie Robbie Hammond from @itd_be_rude_not_to. Alex, a barista, suggests I try the new Bacon, Egg and Truffle Roll ($8.50).
As he pours my coffee, Vasili tells me that he followed in the footsteps of his parents and has worked in the hospitality industry his whole life. He did attempt to break away from the industry by studying accounting at uni. “I wanted to get as far away from it as possible,” says Vasili. Good thing he did pursue this venture, The News Post recognises Espresso Box as having the best coffee in Darling Harbour.
Seconds later, my mocha arrives and I can smell the rich chocolate flavour. It’s quite a chocolatey beverage and the coffee flavour is masked by the sweetness. However, being the absolute sweet-tooth that I am, I can’t complain – It’s delicious! I’ve heard it through the blogosphere that their iced-coffee is equally divine.
You can’t go wrong, with a Bacon and Egg Roll first thing in the morning. especially when it’s served on a buttery brioche roll that’s perfectly crisp on the outside and soft on the inside. I just can’t stand sandwiches made with bread that is basically all crust and no sponge. It’s all about the texture for me. #firstworldproblems aside, the eggs are unctuous, well seasoned and are perfumed with the glorious scent of truffles. I would have preferred the bacon to be a touch crispier but I’m pleased it was cut into smaller pieces which made eating the roll a delight – and prevents any spillage onto light coloured clothing which I’m unashamedly famous for! Alex tells me they used to make it on toast but chose to switch it up to a roll. I imagine this is due to the current Burger Craze that continues to sweep Sydney, even after 2+ years. Alex says, “I hope the burger craze never dies down.” I certainly agree.
If you’re in the mood for something sweet then look no further than a freshly baked Muffin. The batter is made each day by Vasili’s mother, then freshly-baked in store. Today’s choice is Mixed Berry, topped with a generous dollop of Hank’s Strawberry Jam and a juicy strawberry. Also try the other house made Pastries and Banana Bread, and Cronuts from Brewtown Newtown.
The curse of being a small eater – I know it’s ironic because I’m a food blogger – means that unfortunately I was too full for a muffin this time, but I’ll definitely be back!
*Brendon The Smiling Chef dined as a guest of Coffee Box and Sydney Public Relations but all opinions are his own.
Want more breakfast and brunch options in Sydney?
Check out Devon Cafe for trendy eggs and delightful sweets with an Asian twist. Or enjoy breakfast in the comfort of your own home with my easy recipes, like my Baked Eggs with Chorizo and Zuchinni which serves 2-4 for less than $10.
Don’t forget to tag #brendonthesmilingchef in your food photos on Instagram and Facebook so that I can check out your delicious creations. I’m quite the Instagram addict and I promise I’ll like and comment if you tag me @brendonthesmilingchef.
Happy cooking and keep smiling,