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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.

Went to see the gypsy, Alexandria cafe

Went To See The Gypsy offers coffee enthusiasts access to world-class brewing and inventive fare. Image: supplied

Went to see the Gypsy

Visitors can expect an airy and sleek design. Image: supplied

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.

Went to see the Gypsy

Guru Projects are known to deliver impressive hospitality fit-outs. Image: supplied

Went to see the Gypsy, Alexandria cafe

The custom Brew Bar allows customers to get up close to the brewing action. Image: supplied

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.

Went to see the Gypsy

Breakfast specialties include French toast, and fig and walnut granola with summer berries. Image: supplied

Went to see the Gypsy, Alexandria cafe

Banana loaf with brûlée banana is one of the headlines. Image: supplied

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, Alexandria Cafe

The Gypsy burger is packed with grass-fed, sesame brioche, smoked bacon, zucchini pickle, aged cheddar and lettuce. Image: supplied

Went to see the Gypsy, Alexandria Cafe

The Romanian lunch bowl packs your daily dose of greens into one tasty serving. Image: supplied

Went To See The Gypsy is located at Shop 1, 76 Mitchell Rd in Alexandria.

Published 06 February, 2019