A Stanley Street cafe offering refreshing and inventive takes on breakfast classics.

Those who know Third Village on the bustling Stanley Street will know the colourful cafe has been around for almost two years. And now, with a refreshed collection of classic Sydney breakfasts and lunches, the place is filling up seats and bellies fast.

First things first, we all need a good coffee regardless of what meal and when. The Toby's Estate Broadway blend does the trick nicely. The food is just as satisfying. We opted for a little geographical journey to start our day and tucked into Eggs Mediterranean and one of three specials, the Eggs Mehicano.

The former of our choices was zesty and refreshing. Roasted tomato topped with a pesto dressing and small crumble of sheep feta rests on avocado and Sonoma sourdough next to a well poached egg. Times two. The latter was a spicy and gooey eggs Benedict of the same set up, snuggled with Black Forest leg ham and sobrasada (think chorizo) paste, dashed with Habanero chilli sauce. If you like it hot, which some do, there's plenty more sauce available. If only the same could be said about the feta.

There are some nice sounding lunch options too, like the Chicago Italian beef sandwich (we see a trend here), and for gym junkies looking to build there's the five-egg white omelette, fittingly named, Extra Fit.

But tiny niggles over an entirely decently sized breakfast aside, Third Village is doing well. The dishes are full and fresh, the place is inviting and the staff are professional.

Published on April 08, 2013 by Jack Arthur Smith

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