When my boss discovered that I was an avid foodie, one of the first questions she asked me was whether or not I’ve ever visited Bambini Trust. I replied in the negative, and took her word for it that it was a place that I should visit. The list of recommendations I get from people just keeps growing and growing and I’m nowhere near getting through it!
Little did I expect that a couple of weeks before the office was due to close for Christmas and New Year, that she would suggest that we have breakfast there before work one morning. It was only then that I Google Map-ped where I had to go on the morning of, and then realised that it was a cafe I walked past every day on the way to the Queens Square courts with my last job.
The Bambini Trust Cafe and Restaurant is situated directly opposite to Hyde Park on Elizabeth Street, and always overflowing with important-looking businessmen and women throughout the day, and I expect in the evenings too when it transforms into a restaurant and wine bar. The cafe occupies two rooms on the left and right of the main entrance of the St James Trust Building: one the main, darker room, and the other room with the bar in which we were seated.
High ceilings and lit chandeliers for your breakfast? Why ever not. Service was efficient and courteous, bringing water without me asking as I waited for my boss and perused the menu. I had already seen the menu thanks to my boss printing it out two days before the morning; obviously she knows my tendency to plan.
Once she arrived, we started with two coffees: a skim latte ($4) for myself and a skim flat white ($4) for her. Bambini Trust uses Single Origin Roasters coffee beans.
I was rather torn over what to select. The menu had your usual Benedict and Bircher Muesli, as well as some exquisite-sounding selections like Crab Omelette or their spin on the classic omelette with Portabello Mushrooms and Taleggio. But I remembered that we both had a meeting afterwards where we had ordered scones, and so with this in mind, we both decided to select the Bambini “TBA”: Vine-ripened tomato, basil and avocado, herbed ricotta, extra virgin olive oil, with toasted soy and linseed toast ($10.50).
Quite a healthy and virtuous breakfast. Basil with tomato is a timeless Mediterranean combination and the herbed ricotta was beautiful spread generously onto the crunchy soy and linseed toast. Bambini sources their bread from Sonoma and Brasserie Breads. Smash a generous amount of avocado onto the toast as well with a squeeze of lemon and you’ve got a breakfast that’s bursting with freshness and flavour.
The boss suggested that I pay Bambini a visit one evening after work to check out their wine bar and I might just do so.
Bambini Trust Restaurant & Cafe
St James Trust Building
185 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000
(02) 9283 7098