Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 31/40
When someone told me Riley was the new Crown, I thought they were epitomising the Sydney hipster. Luckily for you I take on these challenges so you don’t have to waste your time.
First café on the Riley Street rundown is Robocog Cafe. Look, yes, I know I’ve’ve missed the mark here, I can hear you screaming “Sydney Coffee Nerd you’re so 2011”, well the good news is it’s still bloody amazingly cool.
Found between Campbell and Reservoir Streets, you’ll see it firstly because of the single speed with nominal break bikes chained up outside and second it’s the only house wedged between two warehouses.
Nerd 2 and I did not have much of a wait to get in, but then again, I reckon we hit it at a sweet spot between non-hung over and hung-over people’s key breakfast time.
Okay, you know how some cafes have cool names, but you simply don’t get them? Even some of my favourites I don’t really get, for instance Le Monde, around the corner, has no globes (or French news papers), Robocog I promise you, you will get.
Walking in service was fast and ridiculously friendly. Two robot menus were presented to Nerd 2 and I. We ordered drinks, I went a latte.
The latte was presented well simple elegant heart, while saucer, good heat to it although a little light on the foam to milk ratio.
Looking at the drinks aroma, it was surprisingly heavy, having a bit of a cocoa smell to it with a slight fruity bitterness to it. The flavour of the drink followed through from this, although the acidity was lower than I would have guessed from the aroma. It had a reasonable balance to it overall.
At some point during our breakfast the café became crazy full without either Nerd 2 or I noticing it. It was a true Surry Hills experience with three tables right on top of each other. Great gossip location it seems.
Overall, what’s not to love about a café based around robots. Service I noticed was criticised by some bloggers here was lovely and friendly. Food a little different (did I mention it was somewhat Mexican themed?) and coffee a rather different option away from the increasingly monotonous branded landscape.
1. Coffee score
Style (look and feel): 7/10
Experience (taste and smell): 8/10
Coffee total: 15/20
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): Robot cafe
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 31/40