Gone are the dining days when the streets of Alexandria were lined with tuck shops and takeaway joints. Sydney's Inner West is taking a page out of Surry Hills' book with boutique cafes slowly popping up. The pioneer of this movement is Belle & Bloom's very own Global Sales & Marketing Director, Orit.
Orit has always had a passion for food, not surprising as she's originally from Israel, the mecca of good food. Her passion for food become a business when her and her husband decided to open their first cafe in the hungry for wholesome food, Alexandria.
Orit's cafe aptly called, Sub-Station Cafe, from it's history as, you guessed, a functioning electric Sub-Station, is a welcomed treasure to the local and the not-so locals. Sub-Station is worth the travel.
After drooling over Sub-Station's drool worthy Instagram, I decide to take Orit up on her invite for Saturday brunch. So last Saturday morning I make my way from Potts Point to meet Orit at her sweetly styled cafe.
As per usual, I arrive at the cafe wearing head to toe in Belle & Bloom garb. It's getting a bit chilly in Sydney so I am wearing my Academy Turtleneck Jumper, a soft sweater in camel colourway and my black genuine suede leather Into the Woods Skirt. Orit and I, both fans of Belle & Bloom' luxury fashion far before working here, is carrying the brown Just Because Leather Shoulder Bag.
The cafe has a vibe about it; leafy with retro touches and a lot of dogs. I'm in heaven, it was definitely worth the travel. Orit orders a flat whites for us and she insists that I try their best selling Acai Smoothie. I'm not sorry she did. Sub-Station feels like an Israeli cafe with an Inner West twist. The menu has Challah French Toast and Kashkaval Eggs as well as Avocado & Toast and a Veggie Breaky Roll.
I ordered the Shakshuka, the best shakshuka I've had since my trip to Israel a few years ago. Orit tells me about her favourite dish, Potato Latke's - fresh range scrambled eggs and grilled haloumi with tomato and apple salsa. I try a bit, delish!
I can't help myself and I order a piece of carrot cake AND an apple strudel. I can't help it, I'm American, everyday is like an eating contest! After one more coffee, I bit Orit adieu with a box of fresh Israeli bagels in hands and a smile on my face.
Whether if be at their Alexandria location or their new Rosebery cafe, Sub-Station delivers great service, distinct character and the most beautiful brunch you've ever had. Put on your new Walk the Line suede boots get there. Sub-Station Cafe is worth the travel.