I first heard of Mecca Espresso in Sydney Morning Herald’s inaugural Good Cafe Guide 2011, where it was crowned Cafe of the Year! What surprised me about this result was the fact that I had walked past this cafe numerous times without giving it a second thought.
From the outside it looks like any other cafe, bar, or bookshop even. What I’m trying to say is that it doesn’t look like an award winning, exciting, chic or trendy cafe tucked away in a buzzing neighbourhood. Especially one that had just won Cafe of the Year 2011. It’s very understated.
Even the interior could be seen as being a little understated, if not for the perpetual full house of happy, chatty patrons. It really says a lot when a cafe, located in a not so popular area, is always buzzing with activity.
The menu at Mecca Espresso offers everything you would find at most cafes. From cupcakes, to friands, to sandwiches and salads. Oh, and they do coffee as well :) What’s great is that most of the meals are prepared at a counter right next to where you place your order. So although you don’t actually see the food — which is hidden from view — you do get to see the chef working his magic and then call out the order when ready. It’s nice.
During our recent (and first) visit to Mecca Espresso we ordered the following.
Rare Roasted Wagyu Beef Sandwich ($10.50)
With onions, relish cucumber, mint & greens.
The sandwiches at Mecca Espresso are something else. Though they may look and sound ordinary, there are noticeable differences in flavour that really complete the meal. The Rare Roasted Wagyu Beef sandwich was incredibly fresh and bursting with yumminess.
Tuna Sandwich ($10.50)
With tomato, eggs, capers, greens & mayo.
I’m a big fan of Tuna sandwiches and prior to eating at Mecca Espresso, Clipper Cafe at Glebe was my favourite cafe for a Tuna sandwich. But now, I have to say that I have two equal favourites!
The Tuna sandwich at Mecca Espresso was absolutely delicious! Sooooo much flavour that I found myself picking up and eating anything that had fallen out of the sandwich and onto the plate. I just had to have it all.
Regular Coffee ($3.50)
Mecca Espresso offer their own blends of coffee — which are sourced from all over the world. They actually have quite a lot of information and photos on their website about their coffee. If you’ve got some time to spare, do have a quick browse of their gallery. It’s quite fascinating.
Now I don’t claim to be a coffee connoisseur (far from it, actually), however, I really loved my latte at Mecca Espresso. It was silky smooth and had a beautiful organic taste. Definitely one of the top coffees I’ve ever had!
Something else to note about their coffee is that they offer free Coffee Cupping sessions on Thursdays and Saturdays at 11:30am. Although I have never attended one, it’s on my to-do list now :) More information on Mecca Espresso’s Coffee Cupping can be found here.
To finish off the review, let’s have a quick vocabulary lesson. The word mecca means “a place that attracts people of a particular group or interest”. Mecca Espresso definitely holds true to it’s name by continually attracting lovers of food and coffee by offering the best of both!