Old Gold Cafe
Try specialty coffee, single-origin Ecuadorian hot chocolates and sour cherry bagels inside an old confectionery warehouse.
March 11, 2020
While you'll want to visit specialty roasters Sample Coffee's Chippendale spot to try its coffee and croissants, you'll also want to check out its digs. Dubbed Old Gold, the cafe is located inside a converted MacRobertson's confectionery factory — the OG makers of Cherry Ripe, Freddo Frogs and, yes, Old Gold.
All the coffee beans come from Sample's St Peters roastery, and are put to the test through the cafe's brewing a selection of single origin black brews and a house-blend dubbed 'Sweet Tooth' for all your flat whites.
Keeping within the history of the building, the cafe has been filled with brass trimmings, dark timber and curved lines, matching with the pre-existing exposed brick walls and concrete floors. Fittings come from many of Sample's St Peters neighbours, like a ten-seat custom table from Jonathan West, plant pots from Inartisan, and dry flowers from florists The Wilds and Sweet Pea & Honey Bee.
Local suppliers are keeping the kitchen well stocked, too, with fresh produce coming from The Vege Box, Leichhardt patisserie Penny Fours whipping up the croissants and bakers ThoroughBread supplying sourdough baguettes and bagels. The former owner of Camperdown's Little Lord cafe, Graeme Alexander, is responsible for the menu, which is heavy on plant-based dishes for breakfast and lunch.
The all-day menu houses cafe classics such as the (renowned) breakfast roll with a smashed poached egg, fresh slaw, cheese, onion relish, house-made pickles, & Big Heart's hot sauce ($12), the (beloved) avo on toast with roast cherry tomatoes and garlic oil ($13), to which you can add feta for an extra $2, and the (classic?) house-made granola which comes with yogurt & seasonal fruit ($13). Other tempting treats featured on the menu include toasties ($13), croissants ($8.5), bruschetta ($14) and salads ($17).
There is also an array of drinks to choose from, including various coffees, teas, hot chocolates and juices — even beer if you're up for it. For a drink without the caffeine, there are a few herbal teas from Lidcombe specialists Tea Craft (ranging from $4.5-$5.5), some specialty sodas (grapefruit or passionfruit — $5 each) and single origin hot chocolates from Aussie chocolate producers.
Updated 16 January 2023