Quick update. I left it a while and came back for a late lunch in the sun. The neighbourhood atmosphere is hard to beat. My Doppio Espresso was very good (made with Toby’s Estate beans).
I struggled to find something paleo on the menu, but they whizzed up a very tasty chicken salad for me. Lovely!
This corner cafe is hidden in the most beautiful part of Annandale. It is quiet and has a lovely residential feel that can’t be matched by neighbouring cafes such as Clover and The Little Marionette. I frequently enjoy the superb coffee and wireless internet while I catch up on work. The cafe is user friendly for children and wheelchair access ensures that everyone enjoys this space. It is also nice to know the toilet facilities are located in a separate area to the cafe, and not in the kitchen area as is the case with Clover. The food has improved significantly with a new chef (I believe)… so the service seems faster. This place is fresh and vibrant and offers a great cafe experience for everyone.
I can recommend the camembert and spinach croissant. Absolutely delicious. And I can recommend the ricotta hotcakes! I look forward to working my way through the menu. Esther’s Table uses Toby’s Estate coffee; the best I have tried in this area… although I would prefer my coffee a little hotter.
Esther’s Table captures the history of Annandale with the story of Esther herself. I am not a local to this area but reading Esther’s story has made me want to be!
I used to love this place when it was Buena Mesa, it’s gone downhill since then I’m sorry to report. My strong latte tasted a bit odd to be honest. Didn’t try the food but it looked pretty decent and a lot like the old Buena Mesa menu which was fantastic.
Staff were friendly but seemed new to the whole running a cafe gig. I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and stick my head in in a month or two.
Just after I wrote the original review I was accosted by a potty-mouthed old lady in a wheelchair who demanded I remove my bike from a pole near the cafe and have her favourite seat back. I definitely won’t be hurrying back.