Foodcraft Expresso & Bakery is a huge social media sensation lately, thanks to their newly invented Tella Ball Shake. We just had to come and try this place out on an early Sunday morning.
The café is located at the ground floor of the “Erko” residential complex in the hip inner-city suburb of Erskineville. The café is small internally, but has a large outdoors space for seating.
We arrived at 8am, and waited about 20 minutes before being seated down. The wait staff responsible for the waiting list got our name wrong and the number of guests wrong as well. When we finally sat there, the first wait staff asking for our drinks order was very enthusiastic, while the second staff asking for our food orders had a Gen Y “meh” attitude.
Tella Ball Shake ($10)
We tried two flavours – the Nutella flavour, consisting of a Nutella filled donut with a Nutella milkshake, as well as the Salted Caramel flavour, consisting of a salted caramel filled donut with a salted caramel flavoured milkshake.
The donuts were very dense and was the perfect complement to the shake as we sipped the drink up through the donut. The donuts were very sweet, and it balanced well with the more milky flavour from the shake. This was the ultimate comfort food, and we enjoyed our drinks immensely.
Bacon & Egg Panini ($10)
This consisted of free range eggs, crispy bacon, provolone cheese, topped with house tomato relish and aioli. A very standard staple food and nothing special to report. However the mix of tomato relish with aioli was quite special, as it tasted like a creamy version of BBQ sauce.
Foodcraft Big Brekkie ($20)
This included bacons, eggs, Italian sausages, grilled tomato, hash brown, grilled haloumi and field mushrooms on organic sourdough. Everything was done right, with nothing burnt or smoky. However, there was no elements of surprise.
Haloumi Stack ($16)
This consisted of grilled haloumi, balsamic glazed tomato, poached eggs, baby spinach and avocado. The menu actually stated that there would be an organic sourdough, but there was no sourdough on the plate. The haloumi was not grilled properly, and there seem to be an overindulgence of balsamic in the dish.
From the items that we have ordered, the only item that is special and worth coming here for is the infamous Tella Ball Shake. All the other breakfast items we have tried are very ordinary. If you wish to try the Tella Ball Shake, you need to be here early, as they tend to sell out quite quickly.
Foodcraft Expresso & Bakery
Address: 33 Bridge Street, Erskineville.
Phone: (02) 8971 8817
Opening hours: Tues to Fri, 7am to 4pm; Sat and Sun, 8am to 4pm
Accepts MasterCard, Visa and American Express