Happy New Year everyone! I don’t quite know when you stop greeting people but since its the first post of the year, I thought I’d say it.
We had an incredible start to the year with the birth of our precious boy which I’ll share more about at some stage but today I wanted to blog about a new café nestled in the neighbourhood I grew up in. Its called The Old Boy Espresso located on Tallawong Ave, Blacktown.
The café is connected to a couple of others you may already be familiar with; Paper plane & Pink Flamingo in Parramatta and another in Girraween. I’ve only heard good things about the existing cafes and was curious to see if this latest addition delivered.
We unfortunately checked them out over the break and missed them twice so always check their trading hours online to ensure you’re not disappointed. I then went to get a take away coffee and banana bread with lemon curd, whipped cream and berries and yesterday we finally got the full experience for brunch.
So our coffees were great. My usual soy mocha was smooth and a great blend of chocolate and caffeine. It went down very easily and quickly! We then ordered the Truffled Eggs which came with sautéed mixed mushrooms, chorizo on sour dough toast. Hubby ordered the Chorizo Hotpot complete with eggs, goats cheese baked in a spicy tomato sauce and a side of sour dough toast and fresh rocket. He also ordered a soy flat white which he liked.
I enjoyed my truffled eggs and couldn’t finish it so sheepishly packed the remaining away but only because it was too good to waste!
I also previously tried their banana bread with whipped cream, lemon curd, berries and a sprinkling of crushed pistachios nuts which I loved. It was like sunshine on a plate. Yumo!
So I’m always here for décor in general and I loved their look. A mix of rustic, vintage books, chairs and props that made it feel warmly familiar matched with mint, retro colours and recycled timber. I also loved the blackboard wall but especially the outdoor seating area complete with a dog water bowl perfect for sun and pet loving patrons. They are conveniently located a couple of doors down from a pet groomer so I thought it was especially smart of them to set it up that way. My only thing which is a personal preference is I wished they had fresh flowers as opposed to the artificial ones by the entrance. It still does the job but a flower lover always prefers the real deal. 😉
Overall, as a girl who was born in Blacktown hospital and grew up on Burrell Parade, just off Tallawong, I’m so proud to have a café that has its own identity outside from the cookie cutter franchise and offers great food and a good atmosphere to catch up with friends. It was like a full circle moment to bring our very young son to the area where I grew up. I’m also glad that we have young people like sibling owners Arvin and Carla and their family who are brave enough to give it go and offer the community a quality option.
Its like the Aussie version of the American dream and its so cool to see and support young, local entrepreneurs. They’ve done a great job and can only hope that they continue to expand in our area.
To find out more about The Old Boy Espresso, check them out here.