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Sonoma Bakery & Cafe, Waterloo

2009 October 18
by Reemski

It’s Sunday morning in Waterloo. A clash of cultures, or even, dare I say it, civilisations, occurs in this small part of the world every weekend. The hungover and the locals, versus those come to worship at the altar of commercialised cultism.

My friend and I are on another mission: breakfast. On this gorgeous morning, I jump on my bike and head over very early to secure a coveted seat at this tiny outlet. Already there are people grabbing coffee, pastries and bread, or eating toast with their kids, or even their dogs.

doggyIt’s order at the counter and try your luck with a seat, but as we’ve already secured our perch, we’re free to peruse the range of goodies on offer. There’s a standard baker’s stand filled with freshly baked pastries. Everything from croissants, various buns, tarts and other tasty treats where you can help yourself. Behind the tiny counter is the coffee machine and a case full of bacon & egg rolls, savoury tarts, and loaves as well as a small blackboard outlining the other offerings. This is not a full service cafe. Most of what is here is pre-prepared, but no less fresh for that.

We both quickly order our coffees, a custom blend from Single Origin, and I order the bacon & egg roll with chilli jam.

bacon & egg roll

The bread is soo fresh, and the bacon meaty. None of this fatty, chewy rind business you might get elsewhere. The chilli jam is sweet and bitey. The combo? Superb.

My companion orders the house made muesli a.k.a granola with rhubarb and yoghurt:


Luckily I have tried their house made spelt maple muesli, with almonds. It’s delicious and rich, and my companion’s pick each time she visits 😉

As we while away the morning, I can’t resist popping back inside and grabbing a delectable morsel off the pastry stand. After standing there for moments, tongs in hand, I finally settle on a brioche. Not just any old brioche, but one with nuts, dried fig & date, and TURKISH DELIGHT!!!! Oh yes, this amazing piece of bliss, also hides a dollop of creme patissiere!


I’m really loving the intimacy of this tiny cafe. There are regulars, and they are welcomed warmly. The coffee is consistently good and so are the pastries. Even if you can only stop to grab a take away coffee and a loaf of bread, do it. It will be worth it.

Sonoma Bakery Cafe Waterloo
24/198-222 Young Street
02 8399 1310

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  1. October 18, 2009

    Sonoma Bakery is divine – your post reminded me of the lovely breakfasts I’ve had there 🙂
    .-= Kate Carruthers´s last blog ..Caturday is for everyone everywhere =-.

  2. aptronym permalink
    October 18, 2009

    That dog is too cute!

  3. October 18, 2009

    The danish looks great. i think they must be all gone by the time i’ve visited this place in the past. i’ll have to try and visit earlier next time. 🙂
    .-= Simon Food Favourites´s last blog ..Silo Bakery: Sandwich and Pastry, Kingston, Canberra (2 Oct 2009) =-.

  4. October 19, 2009

    I adore Sonoma bread too 🙂 It’s great how they’ve expanded from the one place in Glebe to Waterloo and Paddington too. Hehe now if only they could set up across the street from my house.

    P.S. Love the shot of the dog!
    .-= Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella´s last blog ..Cafe Nookie, Surry Hills – Sydney’s Smallest Cafe? =-.

  5. October 20, 2009

    The brioche thing looks fantastic!
    .-= Rob @´s last blog ..Ryo’s Noodles, Crows Nest =-.

  6. October 23, 2009

    That might just be the best bacon and egg roll I’ve ever seen. Certainly the fanciest! I know where I’m having brekkie this weekend.
    .-= Syrie´s last blog ..Wagyu BBQ at Chef’s Armoury, Sydney =-.

  7. Tony permalink
    January 5, 2011

    This cafe has the rudest person I have ever encountered working behind the counter.

    After complaining that she had put sugar in my coffee, the woman started berating me in front of the customers telling me that “if say NO SUGAR, then I automatically hear the word SUGAR and write it on the cup”. “If you dont want sugar just DONT SAY ANYTHING!!”

    No, this isnt an episode of Seinfeld, this is actually happening in Dank St Waterloo.

    Best avoided – coffee not good enough to put up with rude staff.

    Yes, cute dog though.

  8. January 5, 2011

    Hi Tony, I think that justifies a letter to the cafe. I haven’t been there since they moved premises, and back then there was a very small tight knit and regular team there, that performed amazingly considering the tiny space they used to have.

  9. Tony permalink
    January 5, 2011

    Reemski, I did send them an email and they graciously phoned me an appolgised….even offered to have a free coffee waiting for me tomorrow morning …. not that i could ever go back now.

    The guy who runs the cafe is very passionate about it, but if you employ staff who are rude to customers, then none of that matters.

    I applaud them for having the decency to call me though and acknowledge their mistake.

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