John Montagu’s Mistress

BY NICHOLAS JORDAN on BROADSHEET SYDNEY – 11th April 2016

With ideas like the black-sausage breakfast bowl, Ms Murray is already making a name for itself.

John Montagu, the Woolloomooloo cafe inspired by the probable or accidental inventor of the sandwich, has a mistress. Her name’s Ms Murray and, just like the 18th-century socialite who romped with the Earl of Sandwich himself, she’s the subject of gossip.

Most of the early chatter has to do with chef and co-owner Raymond Lim’s yoghurt bowl. It’s a mix of coconut and chia pudding, iced fruits, Greek yoghurt and toasted oats, that looks like an edible terrarium.

“We’re going for some kind of British influence,” confirms co-owner Narada Kudinar. England was Fanny Murray’s motherland, after all.

It’s not all English, though, and it’s certainly not traditional. Witness the salmon rillette with cream cheese and coddled egg on a lily pad of pea panna cotta. Or start the day with a blood-sausage breakfast bowl – pumpkin rice cooked in chicken stock, topped with Maffra cheese, spiced nuts, buttermilk and an onsen egg.

Lim has fine-dining pedigree (Attica, Les Amis) and says this menu was the plan all along; John Montagu just didn’t have a big enough kitchen. Kudinar adds, “Our focus is to put more of a dining sense into it.”

The cafe design is smart and following the look common in Sydney: white tiles, light wood, half table seating and half bar. The intention is clear – the focus here is the food.

 

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Ms Murray

Shop 2, 88 Liverpool St, Sydney
(02) 8387 5513

Hours:
Mon to Fri 6.30–4pm
Sat to Sun 9am–4pm

Back & Forth – Castlecrag as posted on Well Fed friends

There is no good day without a good breakfast. PERIOD. And wow did we have a good day today after indulging in a delicious breakfast from our newest local, Back & Forth!

 

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When a fresh new cafe, serving Gabriel Coffee, deconstructed Acai bowls, Roast Sweet Potato Hash’s, and “Life Changing Seeded Loaf” for breakfast, you are under a strict obligation to get yourself there on their opening weekend!

The Back & Forth menu definitely leans towards a healthy and nutritious offering, with a plentiful amount of Gluten Free, Vegan, Refined Sugar Free and Dairy Free options. Saying that, those seeking a little more of a treat would not be disappointed with offerings such as the Bacon and Egg Roll with Crispy Bacon, Jack Cheese & BBQ Sauce ($12) (with the option to be “pimped up” with a Sweet Potato Hash (+$3), and the Buckwheat Waffle with Fresh Banana, Peanut Butter Ice Cream and Pecans ($17).

 

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After indulging in a few too many beverages and food on Saturday night, we decided to opt for a wholesome and nutritious Sunday morning feast, including the Deconstructed Acai Bowl with Hippie Lane RAWnola and Fresh Fruit and a Green Bowl with Kale, Avocado, Broccoli, Asparagus, Salsa Verde, Soft Boiled Eggs and Quinoa (…we definitely added Bacon (+$4).

 

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After seeing the Deconstructed Acai Bowl across social media throughout the week we instantly flagged it as a must order. To be honest, there was a small hint of doubt in our minds about deconstructing something that was pure perfection in its “constructed” form, however Back & Forth took to the challenge and knocked it out of the park! The plate of goodness was sweet, yet not overwhelmingly so, and it had the perfect balance of crunch from the RAWnola, and softness from the Acai, blueberries, banana, kiwi fruit and cloud like freeze dried raspberries. We have no doubt we will be having what we like to call “pregnant cravings” for this dish!

 

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To fulfil our savoury cravings, and in the hope to reverse some damage done to our bodies the night prior, we opted for the Green Bowl – dairy free, refined sugar free and gluten free – full of kale, avocado, broccoli, asparagus, salsa verde, egg and quinoa. How they make a dish so full of nutricious, cleansing and wholesome food taste so damn delicious is beyond us. All we know is that when we know our bodies need a little repairing assistance, or when we feel like a wholesome, healthy breakfast, we will be knocking on Back & Forth’s door!

A highly recommended local cafe for any North Shore dwellers, or even those seeking a little adventure outside of their neighbourhood 🙂

– C

The powerful brand that your cafe deserves.

 

Every cafe needs the support of a strong coffee brand behind the counter. At Gabriel, we’ve spent 2 years researching and rebranding our product with a view to providing our cafe partners with a strong, graphic brand that is both contemporary and classic.

The new ‘G’ logo is a powerful, eye-catching icon – and our black and white palette is specifically designed to compliment any colour scheme.

Bondi’s uber cool coffee scene just got cooler.

The Shop in Bondi finds itself in the midst of one of Sydney’s most competitive cafe scenes.

The Shop is surrounded by what are arguably many of sydney’s finest cafe’s – and certainly one of its busiest cafe precincts. They have been pouring Gabriel Coffee for some time now and their customers pass an array of outstanding coffee shops to get to The Shop everyday… But they keep coming back.

And just when Bondi thought The Shop couldn’t get any cooler, we dropped off a consignment of our rebranded Gabriel cups…. Boom.