Review: Vargabar Espresso (Newtown)

It’s embarrassing to admit that in the almost four years I’ve been living in Sydney and frequenting places around Vargabar Espresso several times a week, I had never eaten there. I’ve had a few hundred coffees there (mostly takeaway) but not a single bite, even when my good friend Gary used to work there as a chef. Shame on me.

With another friend working there recently (and briefly) as a waitress, I thought it was about time to try the food. It’s good to note that the cafe has been opening for dinner most days for a while, unlike most cafes that open for breakfast and lunch only.

I find the decor very typical for the Inner West. Being in the corner of Erskineville Road and Wilson Street, the cafe is good for people (or traffic) watching, even when my photo seems to suggest the opposite.


Toilet sign


They roast their own coffee but I didn’t get to drink it this time (it was past my caffeine hours). I enjoyed a pot of Rabbit Hole organic jasmine tea instead, which was very delicate and fragrant.

Coffee signs

Jasmine tea

Jasmine tea ($5.50)

I followed Sam’s suggestion of ordering The protein plate with a few tweaks. The dish comes with organic lamb backstrap, chickpeas, baby spinach, asparagus, organic cow’s feta, macadamias and onions. I had it sans chickpeas and cheese, and added bacon and avocado. The kitchen changed a few other ingredients (presumably based on availability), so that the baby spinach became salad leaves and the macadamias were replaced by hazelnuts. Nothing too serious to worry about. The whole thing came topped with thin sweet potato chips (yum!). The dressing was great, and the dish was an overall winner. I hope it doesn’t take me another four years to eat there again.

The protein plate

The protein plate ($17.90)

Vargabar Espresso
10 Wilson Street
Newtown NSW 2042
(02) 9517 1932

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  1. It’s a cute little cafe isn’t it? And I’m surprised more places don’t offer protein plates given current dining preferences

  2. Its funny how that always happens. I’ve been working at the same place for two years now and only just started going to a great little Vietnamese place for lunch that was just across the road that I managed to not visit once before and it’s great! Always good to go food exploring :D

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