Not Bread Alone
Location: Crow’s Nest (Sydney), Australia
Not Bread Alone is a cute little café located in Sydney’s northern suburb of Crow’s Nest, a fun little suburb filled with shops, bars, restaurants, and cafés. But of all the cafés in Crow’s Nest, none are as good, as lively, or as unique as Not Bread Alone.
Not Bread Alone is located on a street corner in a small antiquely styled building that is used only as a kitchen and check out counter. Guests of Not Bread Alone sit in a gazebo next to the building which is covered to protect from the rain or too much shine, and lined with creeping vines. It is a beautiful spot any time of year. More seating can be found in front of the café where tables and umbrellas are set up. This is a great spot to bask in the sun or relax under the shade of an umbrella while you enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Which, by the way, all sport fantastic selections.
If you’re there for breakfast, the French toast is amazing. The bread used is of a nice, soft, and thick variety which soaks up the syrup delightfully while still seeming light enough for brunch or a light eater. The lunch menu is packed with delicious salad and sandwich selections that are packed with flavor including a café favorite, the Tandoori chicken sandwich. If you want something a little heavier, go for one of the many pastas offered. The lamb ravioli with pesto is an awesome choice for lunch or dinner, and you can order it in an entrée size or a main size depending on your appetite. Other dinner selections not to be missed are specials which change on a weekly basis. Anything marked the specials board is sure to be hit with patrons, and if you’re there you might want to give one a try.
After you’ve ordered you can sit back, talk, relax, and enjoy the selection of music smoothly playing around you. Not Bread Alone always has something interesting on, usually relaxing lounge music or a nice indie selection. Strange although the two choices together may be, whether you like them or not, they help to add to the kick back atmosphere to be found at Not Bread Alone. An atmosphere that is complemented by the extremely friendly and efficient waitstaff. There are generally three to four waiters/waitresses working at a time, and even with the breakfast, lunch, and dinner rush they manage to hold the place together well. Perhaps this is why there is a line at lunch time waiting to get in, the place is just that good. My recommendation though, is have an early or late lunch to miss the crowds. A nice sunny day, or one slightly overcast as Sydney weather tends to be, would be an excellent time to go. With a table for two or three in the gazebo looking out over the umbrella-ed tables below and out toward the quiet tree-lined street you can watch the local birds as they play, sing, and flutter about the tree tops. Sydney’s local cockatoos and other colorfully original birds are always a treat, and watching them at Not Bread Alone is one of the many great ways to view them.
Not Bread Alone is a Crow’s Nest classic and a must visit location in the Sydney area. If you’re visiting, look them up, you may find yourself visiting a couple times before departing Sydney. And, while you’re out this way, you might as well take a short trip into the neighboring suburb of Mosman for a trip to the Tarongo zoo located next to the water with a great selection of animals, activities, and fantastic views of the Opera House, Harbor Bridge, and Sydney Harbor. At this point, you have no reason not to come out to Crow’s Nest and make a day of it.