Labld is the kind of cafe you wish existed on your street. It’s quiet and unassuming, but once you’re inside, lively with a great kitchen pumping out a menu filled with diverse options from your standard brekkie fare to more exotic options like dumplings and pancakes.
Unfortunately for us, it’s located on the other side of Sydney, making us super jealous of the locals. But even so, it’s well worth the drive.
Like many cafes, the menu is highly seasonal, and so when Labld invited us to try their new menu, we were only too eager to give it a go. There’s no shortage of delicious options and we’re impressed by range, with some Asian influences, Middle Eastern influences, some healthy veggie filled options and basically everything that I’d want to try!
But first, the drinks.
Monsoon Shake ($9)
So apparently 2017 was the year of the Buddha bowl.
I’m not one to stay on trend, so I’m a little late getting on this bandwagon. But I’m loving bowls at the moment. Poké bowls, Buddha bowls, nourish bowls (to a lesser extent, smoothie bowls), you name it! Because hey, it means that eating colourful veggies is finally cool!
It must be great to live in an apartment complex like the one that houses Basket Brothers. I can totally imagine taking the lift down to ground level each weekend and only needing another 10 or so steps to enjoy a delicious brunch at this quaint cafe.
It’s located right next to the ever so popular Social Hideout, and truth be told we were much more drawn to the colourful dishes and cutely decked out interior of the Social Hideout than the more simplistic menu and decor of Basket Brothers. But we did give them both a go, and are glad to report that Basket Brothers is well worth a visit.
Smoked Brisket Hash ($17.5)
Even if it wasn’t Basket Brothers’ most Instagrammed dish, the Beef Brisket Hash would be my first pick from their menu- and it’s not difficult to see why it’s so popular! The combination of tender smoked beef brisket on toast is something different to your usual avo on toast options, and if that’s not enticing enough, the yolk porn from the fried egg on top seals the deal for me!
And the photo doesn’t do justice for the size of the dish- it is a massive serve- you’ll want to be sharing this with someone!
The smoked beef brisket is as tender as it looks and sounds, and is cooked with carrots in a tomato-ey sauce which makes it more like a hearty beef stew. The slice of toasted sourdough it’s served upon seems tiny in comparison to the pile of meat, so it that’s not enough carbs for you, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s also potato in the beef mix too.
Truffled Mushroom ($17)
It’s not hard to see why The Social Hideout is one of Parramatta’s most popular cafés.
It might not be situated right in the city centre, but the cutely decked out outdoor space and colourful menus is enough to draw a decent weekend crowd.
F45 Granola Bowl ($15.90)
I still remember the day I discovered Paper Plane café. It was a day I had intended to visit one of my favourite Malaysian cafés in parramatta, only to be devastated to find that it was gone and in its place a very ordinary looking café with a funny name now existed. Paper plane café. Twas a very sad day indeed!
Fast forward five or so years, and I’ve still yet to actually try the place out, but much happier memories have been made in its sister location at Paper Plane factory. Located in amongst an industrial area, its pretty much the only business open on the weekend, which makes parking a breeze and means that theres plenty of peace and quiet, if the busy bustling streets of Parramatta are not quite your thing.
It’s also located right next to my high school as well, which makes it an excellent location for catch ups with my high school friends too!
And it appears to be quite a popular pick, with pretty much a full house on the Sunday I visit, despite its relatively isolated location. Luckily most visitors seem to be early birds, so we’re quick to snag a table and the crowd slowly dissipates as the afternoon comes along.
Winter Warmer Bowl ($16)