Wednesday, September 29, 2010

September 18, 2010: Naked Espresso

Edit 12/02/2013: Naked Espresso is no longer in business here, but Basil Pizza still is. Naked Espresso's chef is now offering vegan breakfasts around the corner at Apt.

Our first morning in Sydney started off at Naked Espresso, famed for its impressive array of vegan breakfasts. Even better, we were scheduled to meet up with a posse of Sydney vegans, led by Mandee from Cupcake Kitteh.

We started with coffees - delicious soy flat whites that come highly recommended. They were just the thing to wake me up enough to face the massive array of brekkie options on the menu. It's a mostly savoury range, with just buckwheat pancakes providing a sweet alternative. Of course, this suited me fine, and after some deliberation I settled on the 'morning after' giant fry-up (two Redwood sausages, three hash-browns, grilled tomato, sauteed mushrooms, wilted baby spinach, roasted pumpkin, home-cooked baked beans and toast, $14.90).

This was a massively hearty treat: some of the tastiest vegie sausages I've had, a saucy bean mix and an array of delicious vegetables. Throw in some wonderful bread and three crispy little hash-browns and you've got one of the best vegan breakfasts around (just wait a couple more posts for another contender)

Cindy also went for a savoury treat, the B.L.A.T. (Redwood bacon rashers, lettuce, avocado and tomato served on two slices of sourdough with vegan mayo and dijon mustard on the side, $11.90).
This got the most order-envy of anyone's meal, a stunning sandwich of fresh and flavoursome salad and Redwood's tasty bacon rashers on some more excellent bread. It tasted as good as it looks - Cindy rated it the best BLT she's had since she went vego.

Everybody else was positive about their meals - Naked Espresso didn't put a foot wrong. We couldn't have kicked our Saturday off any better. We even got to quickly meet cookbook author and Naked Espresso co-owner, Leigh Drew. As well as the wonderful meal, it was great to meet up with a bunch of friendly peeps - Mandee and her buddies gave us lots of eating tips for the weekend ahead and took us on a vegan-sweet eating, op-shop browsing, coffee-drinking tour of Newtown and surrounds. Thanks gang!

Read other reviews of Naked Espresso at Vegan About Town, ZuckerBaby, Cupcake Kitteh (and again!), Kittens Gone Lentil, Lisa Dempster, Munchies and Musings and Tropical Vegan.

Address: 126 King Street, Newtown
Ph: 9519 4880
Price: $6.90-$14.90


  1. It was great to catch up with you guys again as well as meeting Bec. And I am so glad you enjoyed Naked Espresso, it's one of the best vegan brekky places in Sydney :D

  2. I just came upon your blog! And I am so grateful for it! I'm moving to Melbourne soon to start grad school at UMelb...and I absolutely find your blog insightful and delicious. Keep up the great work!!!

  3. Mandee, we appreciate the valuable recommendations as well as your company. :-)

    Welcome, Anon! Glad you're enjoying what we do - it'd be great if it makes your time in Melbourne a little tastier. :-D