It surprises me how many cafes and restaurants in Sydney are running with a philosophy that bland food, lazy service and overpriced dishes are simply acceptable. I’ve given up counting how many times I’ve been disappointed and annoyed after being given a ‘blah’ dining experience, which cost a pretty penny.
It’s a rare occurrence when you do find an establishment that actually meets and exceeds those three basic food service principles (1. fresh, delicious and well portioned food; 2. attentive service; and 3. reasonable prices), and coverts you into a local.
So when I visited a new spot in Sydney called Local Mbassy for breakfast I was in for a lovely treat.
From the outside you could miss it, as it’s located on a relatively busy intersection corner in Ultimo (Wattle and William Henry). However, once inside the noise and outside feels like a world away.
The moment I stepped inside I felt right at home with its classic yet sleek 1920s vibe. The interior features rustic lighting hanging from the roof, cooper piping lining the industrial style walls and antique items on display.
Inside is small but cosy and I thoroughly enjoyed how you could see the kitchen working away behind the scenes. Front staff are polite, observant and well presented, kitted out in their hipster checkered shirts and aprons.
The all day breakfast menu featured many classics such as the big breakfast, eggs on toast, eggs benedict, muesli and scones. However, one item that clearly stood out and has now become a favourite of mine is their red velvet pancakes.
Warning: This dish will be a delight on the tastebuds but maybe not so good on the hips (if you’re watching, obviously I’m not).
This visually impressive and tasty three-layered dish featured fresh berries, cream, pistachio nuts, raspberry sauce and of course, fluffy falvoured red velvet pancakes. Its portion size is generous and the flavours are all well balance, and not overly sweet. It’s a dish that makes me feel giddy with excitement like a kid who’s just discovered pancake palace for the first time.
All I can say is this dish will be my undoing!
The next dish ordered was the big breakfast, consisting of eggs (your choice), bacon, sausages, spinach, tomatoes, hashbrown, button mushrooms, grain toast and beans. Again, the portion size is generous and it is full of fresh flavour – not greasy or bland. A perfect compliment to soak up the sugar high I was riding from the red velvet pancakes.
Overall, Local Mbassy is a charming venue delivering delicious, modern and well-prepared dishes – matched with good service and reasonable prices. The atmosphere is vibrant, cozy and relaxed and a nice spot to grab breakfast or lunch.
310 Wattle St, Ultimo NSW 2007
Tel: (02) 8084 3467
Price: $$ (red velvet pancakes is $15.50 and big breakfast is $18)
Menu available here
*Street parking is available on Wattle Street.