Not much gets me up early on a weekend. There's got to be something in it for me, like great food and coffee. That's what petite Abercrombie Street, Chippendale café, Something for Jess, offers week in, week out.
|Side window at Something for Jess, Abercrombie Street, Chippendale|
|Lemon meringue pie affogato|
From the specials board, the Lemon Meringue Pie Affogato comprised a delicious lemon and meringue ice cream complete with bits of pie base throughout, drenched with a smooth espresso shot. It was definitely a great way to start the weekend on a sweet and strong note.
|Chalkboard menu with weekly specials|
This translates to seriously fresh produce on every plate and a changing menu which highlights various seasonal goods on offer from week to week.
On this occasion the array of vegetables on the bruschetta surely helped me reach my weekly intake of greens. Blue goats cheese-infused quince puree joined Brussels sprouts, grated yellow zucchini, spice-roasted eggplant, garlicky yoghurt, roasted macadamias, grilled zucchini flowers and some mixed greens thrown in for good measure.
This tasted as vibrant as it looked, with a good hit of garlic from the yoghurt adding even more flavour on top of all the fresh vegetables, while the roasted macadamias added a lovely crunch to the whole bruschetta offering.
|Slow-cooked beef brisket open sandwich|
This day's selection was slow-cooked beef brisket with spicy organic pear jam, pickled red onion rings, rocket, braised mushrooms, grilled zucchini and Pepe Saya crème fraiche.
The beef was tender, and when combined with the pear jam, pickled onions and dollop of crème fraiche to balance out the flavours, what was on the plate was gone in a matter of mouthfuls.
|Front counter display|
|Something for Jess sign|