Elbow Room Espresso - Mademoiselle Délicieuse
Oh my god, hang on to your lens-less glasses frames people – Chatswood’s gone hipster!
Serving 5 Senses coffee as well as pastries and organic sourdough from Luxe Bakery, alongside housemade muffins and other treats, Elbow Room is a recent addition to Chatswood’s (to-date, very ordinary) café scene located close to one of Westfield’s entrances. Run by friendly Korean staff, iced water automatically appears on your table and the coffee menu refreshingly offers choices of different blends versus the usual different styles of macchiato, flat white, caffe latte, etc.
The Husband appears to have defected from his usual local coffee choice and has been getting his weekend fix from here instead. Indeed his caffe latte looks excellent with its thin layer of coffee-coloured milk foam, and made that little bit caramel-y with the addition of Raw Goods’ panela for those who take sugar. (I may or may not have tasted a spoonful of the sugar on its own...*ahem*) For those wanting something else the smoothies are good value at $6, served in ample-sized Mason jar mugs, without the usual $7-$8.50 price tag.
I’ve had the Eggs Benedict twice now, both times with smoked salmon though there is also the option of bacon. This is by far the tallest and most sexily-presented Benedict I’ve had – 2 slices of toasted brioche layered with wilted spinach and smoked salmon, topped with 2 perfectly-poached eggs and draped with creamy Hollandaise all for $16.
Husband tried the “Wild mushrooms, rosemary and poached eggs on sourdough toast” to which he added a side of bacon. On the menu it doesn’t sound like anything spectacular but the selection of mushrooms including enoki and oyster varieties impresses us. The bacon is grilled with prominent bar marks and is not at all oily.
I rarely order sweet breakfasts but couldn’t go past the ricotta pancakes on one of our visits, with its mention of “housemade honeycomb ice-cream”. The pancakes aren’t as fluffy as at bills, but you receive a generous serve of thick and fluffy pancakes topped with honeycomb ice-cream AND a chunk of honeycomb. Sour cherries aren’t usually my thing but are the perfect contrast to all the honeycomb sweetness. Sadly, a seasonal change has meant that these pancakes no longer on the menu – I say bring them back, please!
I’d also had my eye on trying the brioche French toast with strawberries prior to their menu change. This has now morphed into “French toast with grilled banana on brioche” served with “house cinnamon ricotta & maple syrup”. It’s eggy and it has berries and it’s brioche and I don’t even like banana but, damn, it’s really good.
All this, from a café with a poky hole-in-the-wall kitchen. in an ultra-commercial area in Chatswood. Who would have guessed?
Elbow Room Espresso
6a Spring St (near cnr Victoria Ave), Chatswood NSW
Tel: (02) 7900 9833
Sat & Sun 7.30am-4pm
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