|Crunchy brioche french toast from Three Williams|
I don't think so.
Probably being the last blogger to visit Three Williams, I seriously considered not to publish any post about it. I mean, it's not like it needs any more promotion, right? It's popularity is already sky high. But I guess another post saying how good this place is won't hurt. Amirite?
I apologize for wacky photos with unbalanced colours in advance. It wasn't exactly a sunny day and 3Ws' lightning is the brightest of them all either. And I didn't manage to score a window seat. No worries though, there are millions of great photos of 3Ws' food scattered around the net. I'm sure you can find them easily.
The only thing that tell you that this is the right place is the small, dashing copper signage on the entrance. That, and the queues. Be warned, prepare to wait for a table. Especially on weekends.
The venue is really spacious with interesting concrete floors, wooden furniture, visible pipes on the ceiling, and, I must say, not-so-good lightning. It has casual and modern ambiance, and they even have kids corner on back end of the space with a large chalk board for doodling. Just beside the kids area is an open kitchen, while drinks station takes the middle spot.
With a space so roomy, it makes you wonder how they are always so packed.
|Saturday lunch crowd|
I guess it's only normal to have such excitement about the place when you know that both the owner (Tim Bryant - ex-Chiswick) and the head chef (Glen Bowditch - ex-The Grounds of Alexandria) certainly know about their food. The menu itself won't kill too many trees; only two pages of straightforward food and drink list.And we were there to tick all the right boxes.
Their coffee use Single Origin Roasters, and this mocha was really enjoyed by my lunch date. We spent a few solid minutes deciding whether the latte art was a face or an elephant.
Since coffee (almost) always gives me headache, nausea, and drowsiness, I am that type of person who will order juices or sodas no matter how hyped the coffee in a place is. Don't judge me.
This jug of strawberry soda was chosen instead of pineapple and mint, and we were shocked to find out how big the jug really was. While the strawberry flavour itself was evident, we wished there was more glucose involved in the cold, refreshing cordial.
|Strawberry soda - $12 (jug)|
Like I said, we were there to tick all the boxes. Hence the attendance of golden ovals of fish croquettes on the table, following a very convincing 'you have to try this' remark from our waiter. Crispy batter with firm innards full of delicious flaked fish and mashed potato; even better dipped in the aioli. Plus point because they were served on a cut egg-carton.
|Fish croquettes (with lemon & aioli) - $3 ea|
The chips. THE chips.
Beer battered chips to be exact.
Big enough to share between the two of us, but really, you can feel our reluctance in sharing this one. If someone asked me where to get the best chips from, I would answer in a flash.
|Beer battered chips (with house aioli) - $7|
You can find a thousand better photos of Three Williams' narnies instead of these ones, and it is highly possible that all of the reviews about Three Williams emphasize about how you can't miss the narnies. Maybe it was the really good words about this unique creation that rocketed my expectation, but it didn't really make me run onto the streets and scream about how good this dish is, if you know what I mean.
So the narnies are naan flatbreads sandwiching various fillings, and the bread is made in house, guaranteeing freshness and satisfying softness. I had the glazed beef brisket narnie, which included slabs of tender beef brisket with exciting combination of crunchy slaw, creamy chipotle (which apparently you pronounce chi-POAT-lay, BTW), and gherkins. But I'm pretty sure there were some stalks of dill too there.
|Glazed beef brisket narnie with slaw, gherkins, chipotle mayo - $15|
Now this one rocked big time. I can totes relate to the hype about the crunchy brioche french toast.
If you want a breakfast of champions, this is it. The plate has a thick slice of brioche bread dipped in egg, blanketed with panko crumbs and then pan-fried, drizzled with maple syrup and balanced with a blob of yoghurt, berries, and pecan nuts. The bread was wonderfully soft and acted as a perfect sponge to absorb the sweet syrup.
Helen was right, do not leave before trying this block of awesomeness.
|Crunchy brioche french toast with berries, roasted pecans, yoghurt and maple syrup - $15|
I think we ticked all the boxed all right. And even if we didn't, I would gladly come again.
Currency: $1 = IDR 11,000
Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
BEST CHIPS EVER, interesting narnies with other great menu selections (order the brioche!), service is friendly and accommodating, spacious and nice ambiance but expect to wait for table in peak hours or weekends, price is reasonable.
613a Elizabeth St
Redfern, NSW 2016
Phone: (02) 9698 1111
Web: Three Williams Café
Facebook: Three Williams Café