Best Café: Time Out Food Awards 2018

The second edition of this Scandi-Japanese café is a Kyoto cool kid dressed in charcoal black
Inside at Edition Coffee Roasters
Photograph: Anna Kucera
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Winner: Edition Coffee Roasters Haymarket

 

When Edition Coffee Roasters opened their light, bright Japano-Nordic café in Darlinghurst, it rocketed to the top of everyone’s brunch bucket list. Edition’s Haymarket outpost is, however, no carbon copy. Its pared-back layout is inspired by Japanese farmhouses, and it’s also leaning more heavily on the Japanese half of the concept. Sure, you can get open sandwiches (smorrebrod) on a malty, chewy rye that they bake in-house. But from there, the menu steers into more recognisable territory with things like the pork katsu burgers with miso and a bright yuzu coleslaw. Soufflé pancakes are whipped to within an inch of their lives, risen in the oven like a phoenix and served with a vanilla and white chocolate ganache and strawberries. Of course, if you don’t have time to sit down, a coffee here will transport you to a place far from the new business precinct in the time it takes you to drink your DIY macchiato. The two Edition Coffee Roasters are siblings, not twins. Both are very good, but Haymarket has the pancakes, so that’s why we’ll be going back as often as our pancreas allows us.

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