Saturday, November 5, 2011

Le Monde Cafe - (Sydney, Australia)

  One of the most fascinating things I found in my very few days in Sydney  (even considering that I’ve been up here so many times in the past 20 years, but I’m a slow learner),  is that Cafes up here are fairly different from the Melbourne Café scene.    One of the most important differences is sheer size of scale.  Melbourne cafes tend to be much bigger and almost all of the ones I patron regularly are always filled to the brim with people from morning to the afternoon.  The Sydney cafes seem to be slightly smaller and just a little more quieter in general  (with the exception of places like Mecca Espresso or GRIND coffee, etc, but they don’t serve much food).   Le Monde Café apparent does very good Café food but I wasn’t in my best state on the day so decided to skip breakfast and went straight onto the coffee,  which is artisanally roasted by 5 Senses Coffee.   I think I’ll regret not eating here 1 day!



This Café is tiny -
But sounded promising


Menu -
That single Egg Benedict look-alike item is cheap and very promising.
The other food on offer seem to be quite advanced for a café in Sydney, 
which is quite Melbourne like these days..


Single Origin coffees on offer -
A good selection of choices,  to be made as pour-over filter or espresso, 
depending on the batch and roasting level of that particular bean.


Cappuccino without Chocolate -
As said in the Café Ish review,  I find most Sydney coffees too hot and cappuccini to carry not enough foam.   Even in this 3 beans rated café.   The taste on the other hand was good,  it is well balanced.   I think this is juggling a bit between 2nd and 3rd Wave coffee a little much and trying to satisfy everyone in between.  It tasted like a blend which works in milk for everyday drinking -  but ultimately it became a little too 2 dimensional  ~   7.5/10




Espresso ‘House Blend’ -
It is hard to explain the minute differences between the variation of coffee styles,  as drinking a black coffee and then a milk coffee are entirely different things.   I personally prefer cafes to use a dedicated Espresso blend and a separate Milk Based Coffee Blend,  except for the very rare occasion when it somehow seems to work,  such as at Melbourne’s Proud Mary, Ora Café and Eclipse Coffee.   They can’t always work simultaneously together,  as the milk’s alkalinity kills the espresso base most of the time!   I think Le Monde has achieved this pretty well.  The espresso worked better for me with a hint of caramelised orange tone,  a hint of savouriness and just a hit of chocolaty bitterness in the base.     ~  8/10



A Oats Muffin with a Crunchy Top -
Pretty decent too



Price: AUD $7-8 per person
Coffee : ♕♕♕♕♕

Opening Hours:
Monday to Friday 6:30am – 4pm,  after 3pm Take Away Coffee only
Saturday 7:30am - 2pm

Address:  83 Foveaux St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: 02 9211 3568


  1. Yes I am pretty sure it is! It is pretty good but just a little dense !



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