I rarely cross the bridge. Being from the 2166 area, it is considered a mission. However, with that being said, after visiting The Wooden Whisk [hereafter, WW] for the first time, there is now more of an inclination to.
To me, brunching is a liturgy. Without fail I always begin with a coffee. At The WW, I started with a ‘Magic’ (a term coined by Melbournians) – a double ristretto, three-quarter latte. Here, they have their own blend crafted by Single Origin Roasters in Surry Hills and it was fantastic – full-bodied, earthy with chocolate tones; a precursor to what was to follow.
For those who know me best, know that I am a chorizo fiend. Whenever there is a dish on a menu with chorizo, that’s the dish I would go for. Here, at The WW, they offered chorizo in their ‘Spanish style baked beans’. Now, these weren’t ordinary chorizos… they were Rodriguez chorizos! – a smallgoods artisan featured in the SMH’s Hall of Fame. Along with this amazing chorizo, WW throws in black pudding, fetta cheese, smoked paprika, poached egg and toast. If this isn’t enough and you want to dirty it up, do what I did and add haloumi and hash browns to the mix.
After a quick 10-15 minutes of waiting the dishes came out. What was set out in front of us made me gush, ‘WOW!’ From the presentation to the size of the dishes, everything was ‘on point’. On this particular day, I hadn’t had anything to eat prior to this so I demolished my meal in a breath. Those that are fond of baked eggs/beans will not be disappointed by this Spanish appropriation.
Dining alone was never my thing, so naturally, I brought along a friend. The benefits of bringing a friend to any brunching situation is that they can order the other dishes you wanted to try. My dining companion, M, ordered the other dish I was eyeing out, ‘Sautéed field mushrooms with garlic, truffle butter, marinated fetta, smoked pork, poached egg and toast’. BOY HOWDY! This packed a punch in terms of flavour. The mushrooms were buttery and redolent of truffles. In looking at the other components of the dishes, the poached eggs were perfectly cooked – yolky and running. As for the bread, the sourdough at WW is supplied by Brasserie Bread so you expect and get great crust and good bite.
To round off the ritual, I always finish with a juice. The WW’s ‘Kale Crave’ hits the spot. Unlike other green juices, WW’s ‘Kale Crave’ is uber fresh and fruity, despite there being healthy stuff in it.
All in all, The Wooden Whisk is a beautiful café, dishing out hearty dishes with a real focus on quality ingredients. Coffee is great and so are the juices. Make it a place for your next brunch date!
The Wooden Whisk is located at Shop 7, Albany St, St Leonards, NSW
Check out their Instagram for more yummy dishes here.