Stir On Bourke describe themselves as a cafe “with a hint of Lebanese and Greek”. They’re new to the Woolloomooloo cafe scene, just minutes from Surry Hills and Woolloomooloo Wharf. Owners Has (barista and front of house) and Callista (chef) are from the industry and have a lot of experience in hospitality. The next step for them was to naturally own and manage their own cafe.
Outdoor seating lines the pavement outside the cafe, a beautiful spot on a sunny day, and inside are window seats and tables. An abundance of natural light shines into the cute little cafe. Despite being the new kids in town, they’re already a favourite amongst the office workers in Woolloomooloo and Darlinghurst and we saw a steady stream of regulars come in for their morning coffees and lunch time fixes.
In addition to managing the breakfast and lunch menus, Callista also makes her own donuts. They are on offer daily, along with a range of cookies, pastries and banana bread. There are also daily lunch specials. So keep your eye out on the board near the entrance to see what the specials are for the day!
Parched from having walked to the cafe, my first order was for an “Ella Nutella” shake. Nutella, vanilla whipped cream and salted pretzels. Despite the indulgent sounding shake, it wasn’t too heavy on the sugar, and tasted incredible. Definitely recommended if you don’t mind a few extra calories!
Given the Mediterranean influence of this cafe, it was hard not to go past the Mediterranean Breakfast Board. Za’tar flatbread, haloumi, green olives, labneh, mint, pickled red turnip and olive tapenade. Wow, what a brekky board! Visually very appealing and backed up with fantastic flavours and textures. That creamy labneh spread over the za’tar bread was sublime.
It’s also very difficult for me to bypass french toast when I spy it on a menu. This one consisted of thick slices of brioche french toast filled with mascarpone, and topped with caramelised banana, fresh berries, vanilla ice cream and a salted caramel sauce. Be still my heart! Absolutely genius to layer mascarpone between the bread! Added that extra level of decadence. This was absolutely delicious and as much as I enjoyed the Mediterranean breakfast board, the french toast won hands down!
In an area that is absolutely saturated with cafe after cafe, you may be a little blasé about yet another new cafe. However, Woolloomooloo’s latest addition is a fantastic little cafe, owned and run by genuinely nice people who are churning out amazing food. So next time you’re looking for a new cafe to check out, look no further.
Stir On Bourke
1/120 Bourke Street,
Woolloomooloo, NSW 2011
Contributed by Susan, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys