Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 28/40
While hispters maybe going the way of emos, fear not my awkward friends hope is still at hand with some hipster cafes still living strong in the heartland.
This morning finds Nerd 2 and I walking around Darlinghurst looking for a café (on the Sunday right after New Years), we find it surprisingly hard to find a place which is open. Having walked past 4 closed placed we eventually hit Darlinghurst road to the quaint people-watching mecca of The Royal of Darlinghurst.
The Royal (café) Darlinghurst, not to be confused with The Royal (pub) in Darlington, is the perfect ironic place you can chill at for hours. Service is slow and relaxed, music chilled and only interrupted by personal phone calls (they use their iPhones as the DJ) and food as noted by a few other blogs as delicious.
Positioned on Darlinghurst Road, right on the intersection of Liverpool Street, the café has a steady stream of locals sitting on the street (for the people watching) or grabbing their coffee from the takeaway window.
Initially we grabbed a street side seat, however noting that service was a little on the flustered side (and we were right on the edge) we quickly moved to an inside table as it opened up. With our new table we had our drink (latte + organic lemonade) and food orders taken, pretty quickly.
Coffee came out quickly, typical glass presentation and a nice off sharped heart art work happening. And quick from the machine, with the coffee still settling as it was put down. Initial take on the coffee was positive.
The heat of the coffee was high, I’d not like to see it any hotter. Due to the heat the aroma of the drink was a little pale. The Royal use their own blend, roasted by Little Marionette roasters, so not really smelling much was a bit of a downer.
A great looking Smashed Eggs meal arrived distracting me from the coffee and the café patrons – a guy wearing new fluro blue Nikes with large woollen socks (super odd combination, thanks inner city hipsters for breaking all the frontiers).
Back to the coffee the taste like the smell was a little paled by the heat. Letting it steep though brought out a quite nutty (a hazelnut nut taste perhaps?) and spicy tasting drink, well worth letting it cool.
Overall, if you’re a hipster in need of a place to feel at home, a person walking around on the first Sunday of the New Year and struggling to find somewhere good to get a coffee, or most importantly someone who values good food at a great price, with coffee with high potential, The Royal should be on your list.
2. Cafe score
Style (what’s it feel like): Darlinghurst hipster heaven.
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 28/40