Clipper Cafe, Glebe, Sydney

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I had made big plans for myself to get up super-duper early each day when I was in Sydney so that I could stroll over to my new favourite restaurant Bills for breakfast before heading to the Uni for my conference. Those big plans were all fine and dandy until I had a succession of late nights.  I think the Boy’s keen passion for a good night’s sleep and his persistent cry of complaint to turn the lights out each night actually has a great influence on me. Just don’t tell him I admitted that. If you take his sleeping demands away and leave me to my own devices I seemingly want to have the best of both worlds. I want to be a night owl AND a morning person. This is a hard act to follow and before long something had to give.

I fell asleep to dreams of Bills’ eggs only to feel like I woke up five minutes later.  That night I had finally decided to pull the curtains closed for the first time in three nights and the hotel room was cloaked in pitch black. I guessed it to be around 3 to 4 o’clock in the morning and gazed lazily over at the clock.  To my horror it wasn’t 3am or even 5am. It was 7.15am and I was supposed to leave at 7.00.  I needed a good 45 minutes to shower and get dressed so a deviation via Surry Hills was not an option.

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Begrudgingly I dragged myself out of bed, into the shower and out the door as quickly as I could and Urbanspooned while I walked. I found a suggestion called Clipper Café that had great ratings and was very conveniently located directly on my route from the hotel to the Uni.  I was greeted by an effervescent American waitress who proudly told me I could have nearly anything off the menu gluten-free.  I ordered my usual short Mac while I perused the small menu which contained traditional staples with a few slight twists.  The coffee is Clipper’s own blend roasted at Coffee Alchemy in Marrickville.  I really enjoyed this cup; it was much sweeter than my coffee at Bills with a lovely creamy aftertaste.

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I ordered poached eggs on gluten-free bread with prosciutto, tomato and Pecorino.   My order came out in great time as I was definitely on a tight schedule due to my little lie-in.  The salty crisp grilled Pecorino totally overpowered the prosciutto flavour and I was left wishing that I had read the menu more carefully before ordering.  To make matter more disappointing my poached eggs were slightly overdone leaving only a small amount of gooey egg yolk to goomp everything together.  The gluten-free bread tasted like standard shop bought bread and was nothing special.

Overall I enjoyed my breakfast but it simply did not compare to my repeat experiences at Bills.  The coffee however was very good.  Oh, and by the way just a little heads up if you go there – they are cash only so bring your wallet.

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Clipper Café
16 Glebe Point Road, Glebe 2037 | 0411 800 063
Price:                    $ ($7-12 Breakfast)
Food:                    2.5/5 (slightly overcooked eggs, crumbly GF bread)
Service:               4/5 (quirky, fun and quick)
Ambience:          3.5/5 (country café feel)              
Drinks:                4.5.5 (scrumptious coffee)
Total:                  14.5/20

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    • Wha? 50?! In what space of time?! Little Perth isn’t that lucky I’m afraid. I am quite excited however that thanks to James Packer, Guillaume Brahimi is joining Neil Perry and Nobu Matsuhisa at our Burswood Casino which is only 5 minutes from our house!!! Woot!

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