Whole experience (cafe + coffee): 28/40
A Saturday morning craving finds Nerd2 and I on a slow (but epic) walk from Darlinghurst to Surry Hills in search of a quality bagel. Yes, I hear you say bagels are everywhere around Sydney today with the American cafe food trend, but I was not after any old bagel.
Brooklyn Hide, found on Commonwealth Street close to Foveaux cross section, is a cafe about three things – cow’s hide; bagels; and luckily for me coffee. Walk in, being sure not to wipe your shoes on the cowhide and grab a table along with your likely choice in bagel brunch.
For a Saturday of a long weekend, the cafe was busy but not hectic, but hey 10:30am in lower Surry Hills district is practically 7am for the rest of Sydney… except of course unless you’re planning a breakfast at the always popular Reuben Hills.
As Little Marionette is the roaster at Brooklyn, short lattes are never a bad call. A Reuben like bagel (the midtown) and a latte was soon on its way. For Nerd2 a chai-latte and smoked salmon bagel (SOHO) was on the menu.
The crowd was mostly young, possibly hung over and there were a few morning after breakfasts going on. The relaxed staff, dark cafe colours and relaxed electro music worked with the crowd.
The latte, chai and two bagels soon made their appearance. The coffee was made with a casual leaf pour, the glass smaller than most would expect (a very good thing for the drink) and heat and proportions right.
The coffee’s aroma was rich, punchy with a hint from both the smoky roaster and the dark chocolate bean. Taste wise it was a good drink with flavours mixing and punching through the milk well. I’d describe it as a mix of both dark chocolate and orange like flavours.
Nerd2 would also like to note the chai was fantastic drink, a nice well-balanced spicy and sweet drink. She’d recommend it for those who are coffee adverse.
Overall, it’s a good choice for coffee, bagels and even chai. Brooklyn Hide, a 2013 establishment, was/is likely ahead of its time, with bagels and Americana being all rage. I loved my Reuben bagel and moreover enjoyed a coffee that was made to a relaxed high standard.
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): Americana
Whole experience (coffee + cafe): 28/40