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18° & CLEAR SKY ON THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER IN SYDNEY
By Marissa Ciampi
September 25, 2019
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Frankly My Dear

Escape to this Blue Mountains cafe for butterscotch lattes and miso pumpkin toasties.
By Marissa Ciampi
September 25, 2019
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The cafe scene in popular Blue Mountains towns like Leura and Katoomba is already well established. But the team behind Glenbrook's Kickaboom has managed to bring something new to the table. Owners Alisha and Dylan Johnson (Paramount Coffee Project) are focusing on specialty coffee in a way that few other nearby venues are. And so far it has proven a success — just two years after opening their first cafe, the duo has now launched Frankly My Dear in Katoomba.

The spotlight here is shone on quality, ethically sourced coffee from the likes of Reuben Hills. Even the milk used in your cuppa is special — it's sourced from a family-run farm in Dubbo called Little Big Dairy. As well as black, white and filter coffee, there are turmeric, butterscotch and Speculoos (a spiced Dutch biscuit) lattes, PS40 sodas, milkshakes and cold pressed juices, too.

The food also focuses on seasonality and quality, with a made-in-house mentality where possible — from the almond and macadamia milk to the liquorice bread. Tuck into plates of beetroot and gin-cured salmon tartine ($19) or slow-cooked pulled brisket on top of a soba noodle salad ($18).

If you're looking for something heartier, there are also chocolate pancakes with maple cardamom cream ($17), egg and bacon burgers ($13) and miso pumpkin and bechamel Sonoma toasties ($16).

Like its Glenbrook sister, Frankly My Dear is worth the drive out of central Sydney to visit.

Images: Liam Foster

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