Ja (Ya) and Company!
We are Ja and various friends who love to have coffee and brunch at various places in Newcastle. Not professional foodie or coffee experts but we love to eat brunch, drink coffee and share our opinions to the world (i.e. Newcastle)!
Each week we brunch/breakfast and will give you the scoop/run down on the coffee, the food and the ambiance!
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Source's coffee is average. I must admit I wasn't expecting awesome coffee but it was nice. Source is more the cafe for nice smoothies, iced drinks, good food and awesome view. But for a coffee fix with breakfast you do get a decent cappuccino with it. Check out the pics of our various drinks below... and yes the smoothies and iced mochas taste as amazing as they look! So we are rating the coffee so we give it 7/10.
Ahhhhh the food! As you all know I do enjoy a breakfast menu and Source Cafe has good breakfast menu. A1 & D2 both got breakfast burritos. When they go to Source they always get this. I understand why after tasting it oh bee gee bee gee! To got a salmon omelette which was also very good, very tasty. I couldn't help it but I got the eggs benedict with ham. The hollandaise sauce was perfection very yummmm, only criticism was the ham was plain shaved ham you buy for sandwiches. I hate to be a snob but I would've expected nice off the bone ham but that's me. Overall we gave Source's breakfast 8/10.
You come to Source for the view. It's on the harbour and where ever you sit you can see the harbour and see people walk past, absolutely beautiful. Source doesn't have that hipster vibe that we all know I am obsessed with so trying to give a bit of variety. It's nice inside but being a bit of a snob again they may need table upgrades (not dirty just run down). But I am being critical. Overall atmosphere is 3/5.
I did my first Park Run starting in Carrington which goes past Source Cafe making it a good choice. The nice sized breakfast made it a desirable place to go for post 5km run breakfast! We were all satisfied with great food, delish drinks and beautiful views. Overall we all recommend the amazing breakfast burrito for yourself and give rating 18/20.
I must admit I am a bit of a tea drinker at home. I've gotten into that tea frenzy that is taking over! Everyone knows T2 at Charlestown Square and The Tea Centre at Westfield Kotara. All things tea you can get them there.
My afternoon tea with a Dutch mini waffle. Many thanks to guest blogger Dutchy for introducing me to these! The tea makes the waffle warm and sooo delish (get them in the international section in some Coles and sometimes some Woolworths)! Trying this with amazing coconut tea from T2.
Rolador is on 1 Beaumont St Hamilton next to the car park for the train station.
I'm sure most of you have tried their coffee and it's good coffee good coffee. This weekend we couldn't fault their coffee. My cappuccino was strong, smooth and amazing. To got an iced latte and a piccalo. Could not fault either! For us we give coffee 9/10.
We decided on Rolador because I've always gone to Rolador for coffee but never thought about trying their breakfast. When we got there it was busy busy! That was our first indication that food was going to be good. Great breakfast style menu with lots of options. I got the Ranch Burrito, it was amazing. It was big, had nice mince with egg, rocket, potatoes and a beautiful hot sauce with just the right amount of heat. I enjoyed it so much I forgot to leave some for To to try. To got the scrambled egg with pesto on bruschetta. To thought it was amazing but had one small problem, she thought it neededmore pesto. So overall we give an 8/10 rating.
I really liked the presentation of the coffee with the retro spoon and the miss match of cup and saucer. Rolador was one of the original hipster cafes in Newcastle and has kept the look up. It was the casual hipster vibe with some tables being on crates around the side near the car park and the old fashion metal chairs. I do have to do a small critique it did feel like we may have been forgotten sitting out the front. It was quite busy however so we can't be too harsh on that. Rating for atmosphere 4/5.
I have to admit I was skeptical going to Rolador because it has been one of the original hipster cafes in Newcastle and I feel a lot of people would've tried it already. I had never be there for breakfast before however so I thought we should give it a go and for some a new review and for some a renewed review. All in all Rolador ticks all the boxes: great coffee, good breakfast and one of Newcastle's original cool casual hipster vibe. The overall rating for Rolador is a solid 21/25.
Cazador is half way through the mall: 148 Hunter St Newcastle.
I got my standard cappuccino and To got her usual piccolo. I found the coffee to be quite good. If I were to fault it for anything it was a wee little weak for my liking. To really enjoyed her piccolo, not faults great coffee. We give Cazador coffee a 7/10 rating.
Being more a breakfast person I was very happy when I saw the menu. Nice breakfast style menu, with some of your standard breakfasts (French Toast) and some of your more hipster breakfast menu. I have a bit of a soft spot for French Toast so I couldn't resist. My French Toast was amazing. It had a good amount of maple syrup and enough fruit to have some with each bite of the generous serve of toast. To decided to try something different and got the Kingfish, beetroot, rocket and hollandaise sauce on sourdough. To's something different turned out in her favour. To loved her breakfast, I tried a little bit and it was amazing a great mixtue of flavours. Our rating is 9/10 for food, totally delish.
Love love the hipsterness of Cazador. Inside and out the front feeling of cool hipster. Cazador also does the night scene of hipster bar. We felt Cazador fit both the brunch/breakfast hipster scene and the cool hipster night scene inside and out funk. We loved what they did inside right down the back... you all will have to go check it out ;) One small thing we couldn't let slide was the fake flowers. There are so many cafe's who do the beautiful flowers thing and it does add that something special. No flowers would've been better than fake flowers. Cazadors fake flowers just don't cut it. So for atmosphere we give Cazador a 4/5.
All in all we did really enjoy the Cazador hipster breakfast experience. Decent coffee, great food and good atmosphere. A good combination for a lovely breakfast out with friends, your other half or even by yourself with the paper. The breakfast will leave you so satisfied that you'll want to come back the next day. Overall rating for Cazador is a 20/25.