I have fallen in love with Runcible Spoon, a cafe hideaway with a quirky name taken from a whimsical line in Edward Lear's The Owl and the Pussycat ('they dined on mince and slices of quince which they ate with a runcible spoon'). Located down a side street behind Parramatta Road's Deus Cafe, it has a crafy, homespun vibe with plants in repurposed pots, interesting portraits on the walls and a rustic bookcase stocked with jars of spices and food books. The menu is excitingly left of centre, with all-day breakfast offerings including Thai style fried eggs with pork belly, and a fabulous Mexican-style concoction (my meal of choice - pictured) with pureed black beans, avocado, tomato, poached eggs and salsa. The coffee is strong and flavoursome Golden Cobra, and there are some enticing desserts like a popcorn and salted caramel slice. Low-key, friendly and with an ever-changing menu, Runcible Spoon is well worth the quick detour from Newtown. Love!
Runcible Spoon, 27 Barr Street, Camperdown, tel: +612 9519 2727