When one mentions Marrickville to me, there are two things that come to mind: pork rolls and coffee roasters. But the latter has been around for years within the industrial area. In the heart of this suburb, a new boutique roastery/cafe called Roastville has recently opened.
So what drew me to this place? The fact that John of He Needs Food gave it a thumbs up (all his coffee and food recommendations never disappoint), they roast their own coffee beans and that they serve fried chicken & kimchi waffles for lunch (more on that later!). Although the cafe has an industrial look which is quite a common look for cafes nowadays, the warm and unpretentious atmosphere really shines. There's a nice small courtyard in front and as you enter the cafe you are greeted with a cabinet full of housemade pastries and cakes. The coffee here is straight up bangin'.
I had a gorgeous flat white ($3.50) that was fruity and vibrant. Their house blend had medium body with well-balanced acidity. The textured milk had the perfect temperature too.
We opted for their two lunch mains:
We've seen the classic fried chicken and waffles with maple syrup around. Roastville has taken that classic to another level with their fried chicken and kimchi waffles ($17). The crispy crumbed fried chicken was delicious and juicy. It could do without the parmesan rocket salad but it was still nice even with it. As per John's advice, I was quick with my photo taking and digged into the kimchi waffles before it got soggy. It tasted like a Kimchijeon (Korean Kimchi Pancake), which was amazing! The tangy garlicky sriracha sauce and mayo worked well with the fried chicken and waffle. The serving was generous too.
Then there's the mind-blowing braised beef cheeks with celeriac puree, baby carrots and field mushrooms ($19)! Every component in this dish was amazing and complimented each other well. The beef cheeks were super tender, tasty and buttery. The celeriac puree was so fluffy & creamy. The carrots and mushrooms were sweet and perfectly cooked. The flavoursome braising sauce also went nicely with the celeriac puree.
I loved the awesome coffee, generous servings of delicious food and excellent service at Roastville. They have all the makings of a great cafe. Roastville is no doubt a great addition to the Marrickville coffee scene.
157 Victoria Road,
Monday to Friday 6pm-4pm
Saturday & Sunday 7pm-4pm