Sonoma Bakery & Cafe, Waterloo
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.
It’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.
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