Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 32/40
A Saturday stroll up William Street and then down into Potts Point finds me walking amongst one the most random areas of Sydney, Macleay Street. The area is a true mix of socialites, walk-of-shame revellers and fitness fanatics all clash with one another every Saturday morning.
What Macleay Street for all its NYC or London like cosmopolitanism charm (and/or trash) seems lack, is a café of style and substance with some quality coffee thrown in. There are some wonderful exceptions on the street to this blanket statement, namely Coffee, Tea and Me, however most coffee joints on Macleay, particularly close to or before the ‘line’ (the mark between Potts Point and Kings Cross) look quite unpleasant regardless of the hour.
The good news is that about 6 months ago someone read my mind and opened Marcelle on Macleay. Found right across from the iconic Potts Point Fountain you’ll be sure to find it by either the queue of peeps outside the cafe or by the small tables on the footpath.
Having spotted an outside table (that on most winter mornings could have been dangerous, however on this sunny one, majestic) I made my move and sat down.
A girl came over to the table quickly. Deciding to follow the guys beside me I went for a piccolo latte (and a scrambled egg with spicy tomato relish sandwich for breakfast – bread naturally from Brickfields).
The coffee’s aroma was quite dominantly nutty and a little bittersweet to the nose, you can tell the roast they use is not your typical Sydney milk chocolate affair.
Taking a sip, the nutty flavour seems to be distinctly almond like in flavour. There was also an interesting dark cocoa flavour which tended to linger then the nutty flavour. I would describe the coffee as an initially bitter and punchy experience followed through by sweeter rounded slightly ashy flavour with a hint of honey thrown in somewhere. All in all, a wonderful over analysis of a drink if I do say so myself.
If you leave your drink a while, the dark bitter flavour remains, however there is a lovely bit of something more sweet to the aftertaste, a flavour I can’t quite put my finger on this morning, any thoughts?
Overall, I’m sure impressed with the place. The staff were wonderfully pleasant. The atmosphere, sitting on the footpath, sheltered from the wind, in the sun on a glorious Sydney morning was amazing (although I do admit a little hard to replicate. It was just one of those classic Sydney morning moments.). Food, thanks for asking, tasty. Although I could have used a knife and fork to eat the egg with (don’t turn down the cutlery like I did). And coffee (likely the house blend by di Gabriel), a wonderful and brave experience by a café not afraid to reject the normal milk chocolate or caramel flavours we’re all coming to expect from the Sydney coffee scene. Killer spot, nice coffee.
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):
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 32/40