Address: 613a Elizabeth Street Redfern NSW
Tel: (02) 9698 1111
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I was super excited to be invited for a menu tasting at Three Williams in Redfern, along with some of my fave food bloggers, Excuse Me Waiter, The Lamstock, Simon Food Favourites, VegeTARAian, Jugernauts, 84th and 3rd, Food is our Religion and Hillary and Dijon.
I’d heard a lot about the Three Williams and was keen to find out whether it lived up to my expectations.
Three Williams is located in Redfern, in an area that is apparently “not in the dodgy part of Redfern,” I was told.
The easiest way to get there is to drive, and there is plenty of parking out the front. MC kindly dropped me off right at the door of the cafe.
The cafe was busy but not quite full when I arrived at 9.30am for brunch.
By the time we left at 11.30 however, there was a steady stream of customers walking through the door and a serious queue forming of patient customers, waiting by the counter for a table.
The crowd at the Three Williams is a somewhat “messy cool” mix of mothers with screaming children, playing in the kids corner and trendy foodies casually enjoying a coffee and muesli.
The decor is simple and almost “warehousey” but still quite funky, with a mix of light wood and industrial grey paints.
Overall, the place oozes a trendy and hip vibe and is perfect for those looking for a quick, quality meal before heading out to the markets or going to explore the city. That is, if you can get a table!
Service during our tasting was quite good.
The staff were all polite and friendly but perhaps a little overwhelmed by the busy crowds and in particular, our fussy table of food bloggers!
This is what it is like to dine with food bloggers!
While I thought they did a great job with handling most of the orders, my Chai Latte did take a while to come out (I had to ask how it was going to remind them).
Overall however, service was quite good and I don’t have any major complaints.
Upon our arrival we were served coffee and drinks.
There was a delicious jug of fresh OJ, which was sweet and bright orange, perfect for the warm weather.
Fresh Orange Juice, $5 a glass
The coffees were spot on. They were well presented and well made.
House Chai Latte, $5.00
We also enjoyed a delicious Pineapple and Mint Soda.
Pineapple and Mint Soda, $12.00 a jug
Some of the bloggers ordered the Peanut Butter Smoothie. I tried a little and oh my…. it was peanutty and creamy yet oddly (a little) bitter. A strange mix of Reese’s Pieces and milkshake.
Peanut Caramel Shake, $6.00
I also noticed some other great items on the drink menu, including the Banana, Medjool Date and Walnut Praline Shake and Willie’s 100% Cacao Hot Chocolate.
Chef Tim Bryan of Aria and Chiswick fame is the driving force behind the Three Williams menu.
To start off, we tried some items on the breakfast menu (available 7am until 3pm). VegeTARAian tried the Granola with Hibiscus Pear, a delicious combination of fruit toasted muesli with creamy yoghurt and a delicious deep red, sweet pear. I tried a little and absolutely loved the lightness of the yogurt and pear and the tasty, crunchy granola. Perfect for the health conscious!
Granola with Hibiscus Pear, $12.00
The Spicy Smashed Beans with Avocado on Charred Toast was also delicious. The beans had the perfect amount of spice and were great combined with creamy avocado and crispy toast. 84th and 3rd also commented that she enjoyed this dish.
Spicy Smashed Beans with Avocado on Charred Toast, $13.00
The Merchant burger, chilli fried egg, crispy bacon, pickled slaw, ranch dressing on a warm brioche bun was an interesting idea but I have to admit that I couldn’t really taste any chilli in the egg, although I did enjoy the pickled slaw.
The Merchant, $12.00
The Poached Eggs, Marinated Bull Horn Peppers, Serrano Ham, Feta and Dukkah, on toast was quite tasty. The eggs were nicely poached (apparently in glad wrap from the lines on them), and the ham and peppers went really well with them, creating a nice balance of sweetness and saltiness.
Poached Eggs with Peppers, Ham, Feta and Dukkah, $16.00
To finish off the eggs feast, there was The Big William: bacon, fried eggs, nuremberg sausage, roma tomato, hash, onion relish.
Big William, $17.00
Of all the breakfast dishes, my favourite had to be the French Toast. The brioche toast was crumbly, almost like a cake, and was drenched in a gooey maple syrup and topped with pecans. The tangy yogurt and fresh blueberries and raspberries complemented it perfectly.
Brioche French Toast, $14.00
If all that wasn’t enough we then moved on to the BEST HOT CHIPS I HAVE EVER TASTED. Crunchy. Salty. Crisp. Golden. Soft. AMAZING. These chips are the chips dreams are made of. If you like chips, these are the ish.
Beer battered chips with house aioli, $6.00
We also enjoyed some creamy and cheesy fish croquettes with lemon juice.
Fish Croquettes with Lemon and Aioli, $3 each
We then tried some of the Caramelised Cauliflower Tabouli, a mix of cauliflower, pomegranate, quinoa, walnuts and preserved lemon. We had this dish without chicken for the benefit of the vegetarians at the table with us.
Caramelised Cauliflower Tabouli, $13 or $15 with chicken
The final brunch meals before dessert were the Narnies. Sarnies but narnies. These are basically sandwiches made with naan bread.
While I didn’t really like the naan bread (I found it a little tough to chew and difficult to cut up), I did enjoy the fillings.
The prawn naanie was a fresh and light almost “prawn taco-like” combination of avocado, corn, lettuce and prawns.
Prawn, iceberg lettuce, avocado and aioli, $14.00
The fried tempeh narnie was pretty spicy and tasted a bit like the filling for my Sri Lankan tuna fish pastries. It contained carrot, asian pickled vegetables, sriracha, and lime mayo. The tempeh was quite interesting, unlike anything I have had before, and I learnt that it was made of fermented soybeans, pressed into a pattie.
Fried tempeh narnie, $12.00
Finally, the most delicious of them all, the glazed beef narnie. This delicious brisket, gherkin and chipotle narnie was tender, tangy and colourful. The beautiful glaze on the beef and the delicious sweet yet spicy chipotle were a match made in heaven.
Glazed beef narnie, $14.00
Already full, we moved on to desserts, savouring the crispy glazed Grapefruit Donuts and Chocolate Brownies.
Brownies and Donuts
The Donuts were quite average, but the Brownie was heaven. It was slightly crispy on the outside yet fudgey and rich on the inside, the perfect consistency.
Although some of the other bloggers were too full by this stage and too “chocolate-d out” I happily devoured my share of the Brownies (and perhaps a little more!).
Overall I loved the experience at Three Williams. The menu is so different to any I have seen before and the standout dishes for me- the french toast, the brownie and the hot chips were fantastic.
I would most certainly recommend giving this place ago if you are in the area!
I would rate my experience (out of 10):
- Service- 6.5
- Food- 9
- Ambience- 7.75
- Value – 7.75
The TCFB dined as a guest of Wasamedia and the Three Williams.