Friday, June 07, 2013

Town Bike Pitstop, Redfern

I was going to start this post by saying that Town Bike Pitstop is a "new" cafe that's recently opened up in Redfern. But it turns out that this cafe has been lurking less the a kilometer from my office for well over a year. A YEAR! Why did noone tell me this sooner?


I was particularly interested in checking out Town Bike Pitstop as it combines a casual style cafe with a cute bike shop/bicycle workshop.  I bought a pushbike for myself over the Christmas break and I've ridden it about 10 times which totally qualifies me to pull up a stool in this bicycle cafe like a true cyclist...or not (I don't own any Lycra bike shorts FYI). Whilst I've not ridden my bike since being back at work I like that I can admire other bikes whilst stuffing my face during my lunch break...exercise by proxy.


On my first visit I'm keen to try the Ei, Salmon + Hass ($13.50) - a sensational Dutch version of baked eggs that is super cheesy, a little salty from the salmon and super tasty.  The owners are not Dutch but they've spent some time living over there and I'm glad they've brought this delicious dish to our fair shores as it really is something different.


They don't do iced-coffees here (I'm guessing that they don't have a freezer for the ice) but they do make a mean coffee milkshake.  They very agreeably made me a half serve as too much milkshake makes me feel a bit...frothy on the inside and that's not good.


On my next visit I'm in the midst of #meatFreeWeek so need something vegetarian. They have a bunch of sandwiches on their menu board but nothing without meat.  Nevermind as they happily whip me up a baconless BLT and add a schmear of avocado to the mix - DIY ALT ($7.50), perfect!  The sandwich comes with a healthy dollop of garlic aoili which is a nice change from plain old mayonnaise.


I forgo the coffee milkshake this time in favour of a refreshing ginger "Mojo Kombucha" - an organic soft drink bursting with pro-biotics. It sounds a bit hippy-dippy but it's really light and doesn't taste at all like the mainstream sugary soft drinks that haunt some many cafes.


My kombucha drink had me feeling so virtuous and healthy that it felt only right to undo any good work the drink had done by having a little something sweet. The Stroopwafel (what a funny name - ah, the Dutch) is a biscuit made from two wafer-thin waffles which sandwich a sweet, sticky syrup that tastes like caramel. It's only a small sweet indulgence but it's deadly sweet...in a good way.


Town Bike Pitstop is a cute little neighbourhood cafe that serves simple food made by the friendly cafe owenrs.  I love that there seems be unique little cafes popping up all around Sydney. Perhaps they'll open up some cafes with car washes soon, that'd be great. Oh wait...have they don't that already?


Town Bike Pitstop is at 156 Abercrombie Street, Darlington/Redfern. Phone them on 9699 0096.

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13 comments:

  1. Exercise by proxy...I like it! A half coffee milkshake sounds perfect, I know what you mean about feeling too frothy. I love that you are testing out these unique little places and sharing them with your country friends! Have a great weekend Mel :)

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    1. Sadly that's how most of my exercise occurs - by proxy! Exercise makes me frothy!

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  2. I'm thinking about buying a bike... Does that count? :) that stroopwafel looks delish.

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    1. I may as well send mine to you - for all the use it gets from me. Oh dear.

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  3. Hey Mel, next time you get a stroopwafel, have it with a hot coffee. Then balance the stroopwafel on top of the cup of coffee for a minute or so, to warm the caramel inside a bit ... it's even more delicious that way, if that's even possible! (I may have had a small stroopwafel addiction in my past.)

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    1. Ooooh, it's like a "stroopwafel slam"! Love it. Definitely going to try that on my next visit.

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  4. That waffle looks and sounds amazing!!

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    1. It was good -- and see what Caro above has said to do with it! Genius!

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  5. I'm excited to see that cafes are selling kombucha! And Mojo, my favourite! :)

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  6. I like the look of this place, maybe I can find a new basket for my bike over brunch!

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  7. ahh i've heard delicious things about stroopwafel! finally glad to hear a cafe now sells them.. noms

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  8. love the concept of the cafe in a bike shop. keen to try that stroopwafel :)

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  9. I've read a couple reviews of this place and one thing that gets me smiling is the decor of the place. This is the first time hearing that they have stroopwaffles.. and I hope you ate them all Mel, ALL OF THEM!

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