First Look: Behind The Scenes At Alexandria’s Hottest New Cafe
Mario Szucs and Will Smallbone are elevating Sydney's coffee pedigree with their latest venture, Went To See The Gypsy.
Coffee enthusiasts at the ready. Newly opened Went To See The Gypsy (of Potts Point’s Gypsy Espresso fame) occupies a massive space in Alexandria and is now the brand’s flagship store.
Went To See The Gypsy is the brainchild of Mario Szucs and Will Smallbone and is 10 times bigger than its East Sydney sister location. Design comes courtesy of well-known hospitality fit-out crew, Guru Projects, and honours the building’s original charm and character.
Think low-hanging exposed wooden ceilings, polished concrete floors, rattan seating, a standalone Brew Bar and brass accents, and you’ve got the right idea.
The heaviest hitter on the line-up comes in the form of the Brew Bar itself; symbolic of Szucs and Smallbone’s passion for elevating Sydney’s coffee pedigree. An under-the-counter Mod Bar allows you to experience the entire specialty coffee-making process up close.
The fare? Bryan Loong (ex Cho Cho San) is knocking about the pans out back, serving up a seasonal menu. Breakfast highlights include brioche French toast complete with strawberry gelato, mascarpone chantilly and toast pistachio, banana loaf and brûlée banana for the sweet tooths among us, coconut milk sorbet and salted caramel, as well as Meredith Goats Cheese and kale truffled smashed eggs. Count us in.
After something more substantial? Don’t look past the classic Gypsy burger or the Romanian lunch bowl for all that asparagus, sweet potato and broccolini goodness.
Went To See The Gypsy is located at Shop 1, 76 Mitchell Rd in Alexandria.
Published 06 February, 2019