Store Espresso – Camperdown

23 Apr

by feature blogger – Rod Eames

Waking up on Saturday morning without a hangover, and seeing that the rain had decided to stay in bed, meant one thing – a leisurely breakfast. Now I must admit that although breakfast is not my favourite meal of the day (as generally there is no wine served with it), there is nothing quite like a relaxing Saturday morning feed. So, where better to go than to Store Espresso in Camperdown?

Poached eggs with fennel sausage in a tomato base

Whilst the food is genuinely decent at Store, it’s not the food that you go for. Store is located on Fowler Street opposite Camperdown Oval, a favourite location for dog owners and joggers. The quirkiness of this cafe is that you can sit in the park and they will bring your breakfast to you. This makes Store uniquely relaxing and perfect for Saturday or Sunday mornings.

I have to admit, that I wasn’t a fan of the concept at first (I think mainly because I would be bugged about getting a dog), but I have slowly come to love it. The coffee is actually pretty good, and you do get value for money (average breakfast is around $15). The service can be hit and miss (depending on how many lemonades the wait staff had the night before), and every now and then you feel that the chef has the day off and someone else is doing the cooking.

On this morning though we were in luck. There were four of us eating and it seemed it wasn’t the chef’s weekend off. One of the wait staff did seem to be bothered by the fact that they had to walk across the park to serve us, but the remaining staff were friendly. I ordered the poached eggs with fennel sausage in a tomato base. The tomato sauce was really good, and the flavours of the poached egg and fennel sausage did make for a fine combination. The other three enjoyed different variations of traditional eggs and trimmings. The hit once again were the mushrooms which appear to be cooked with garlic, butter and 11 secret herbs and spices.

Mixed eggs breakfast - Store

Ok, now I am going to admit that sometimes I do find little things annoy me, especially when you are paying for something, so I can’t write a review without mentioning these things. Firstly, all four of us got our meals before we got our coffees. When one of us dared to suggest that the coffee hadn’t come yet, the response rudely put was that they were really busy (there would have been no more than 15 people). The second thing, which is quite trivial, but I hate it when you pay for breakfast and they don’t butter the bread!!

Overall I really do enjoy breakfast at Store. Maybe it is because of the ambiance, maybe it’s because of the company, and maybe it’s just that it’s different. I would add a recommendation at here but I really wouldn’t want them getting too busy (otherwise we would never get coffee). Overall they get a7 out of ten (they lose a half point for being too busy).


One Response to “Store Espresso – Camperdown”

  1. innerwestbreakfast April 23, 2012 at 1:32 am #

    Cheers Rod – I will be checking out this place soon, the poached egg with fennel sausage sounds and looks great.

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