Ed and Dan's guide to Potts Point
This Potts Point café is big on pared back interiors, good coffee and friendly service. They'll do you a solid cold drip, a velvety smooth cap or a milky iced latte. Kick back on the blonde wooden bench and enjoy one with a croissant to kick-start your ay on a positive note. You'll also find KeepCups for sale, native floral displays and take-home beans.
Florists Ed West and Dan Scala took over the Potts Point flower shop around three years ago. They’ve kept the sophisticated operation packed into an elegant blue Art Deco building, arranging bunches of native flowers, or imported roses, orchids and anthuriums to order. They offer other gifts, too, such as Australian made candles and very locally made (300 metres away) Kakawa chocolates.
The Potts Point restaurant that boasts a full house rain, hail or shine, has excellent service and a super-interesting wine list. Risotto all’Ametriciana sees pearly, round little grains of rice cooked al dente with a chilli, fresh marjoram, fine shavings of Parmesan and thin stubs of pancetta, spread out in a thin layer over a shallow dish.
This Llankelly Place coffee spot does healthful breakfast bowls, super shots of espresso and simple brunch dishes. Take up shop inside with a freshly baked sweet treat, or grab a seat outside and watch the people of Potts Point pass by. At lunch they will do you up a sandwich or toastie, including eight hour slow cooked beef brisket with onion jam, cabbage slaw, pickles, rocket and mustard.
Who doesn't love the ‘dandelion’? It’s a simple idea beautifully realised, and an oasis of calm. Bob Woodward's modernist sculpture was installed to commemorate the Australian soldiers who fought in the Battle of El Alamein (in northern Egypt), a turning point in World War II – but has become a fully fledged part of the Cross life – and a popular meeting spot.
Macleay on Manning keep their stock of home design and decoration products as diverse as possible, sourcing unusual pieces from local and international contacts. If you’re on the market for a centrepiece lampshade, some artfully mismatched cushions or even a colourful kid’s toy, you’ve come to the right place. Gift registration and vouchers can also be organised from the Potts Point shopfront.
If home is where the carefully arranged, ceramic Art Deco heart is, then this Potts Point interiors store is right up your alley. The store’s owners pride themselves on handpicking original and unexpected furnishings, lighting, ornaments and fashion items that have been sourced for their unusual style and worldly elegance.
Yellow is as great as ever. The eggplant is roasted whole, trimmed into squares, then individually seared; the goal is to evoke twice-cooked pork belly. The resulting “steak” is ultra-juicy and full of punch, yet still harbours multi-layered surprises instead of overplaying one heavyweight note.
You could pop in for a cheeky drink and end up eating the full tasting menu. You could opt for a quick supper that turns into rolling home heavy with biodynamic wines and light on cash. It all depends on what you’re in the mood for.
Matt Swieboda, Nathanial Hatwell and Tristan Blair, who own Dear Sainte Éloise, want to share the love, not hoard it. That’s why there are more than half a dozen wines by the bottle for under $60 at this all-class European-inflected wine bar on Llankelly Place.