Bursting onto the café scene late last year, in a part of Redfern not exactly overflowing with great brunch options, Three Williams was certain to make a splash. Utilising the same architects as Chippendale’s Ester, what makes the stripped-back minimalism of concrete, ramps and plywood work here, is builder Neil Hardwick’s carpentry and attention to detail. Despite the distinct lack of adornment in the cavernous space, it’s welcoming to people who stretch beyond hipster clichés, including little people, with a dedicated (but not acoustically separated) play space. The yummy Mummy set slide in for slick salads like Chicken, Spice Roasted Carrots, Avocado, Cashew and Citrus Dressing ($14) accompanied by house-made Pineapple and Mint Soda ($12/jug). On naughty days they head straight for Crunchy Brioche French Toast ($14) decked out with roasted pecans, blueberries, yoghurt and a dash of maple syrup, or swap it for dessert in a glass: a clever Banana, Medjool Date and Walnut Praline Smoothie ($7). As for me, I’m all about egg cartons of creamy Fish Croquettes ($3/each) with lemon and aioli, and Chef Tim Bryan’s ‘Narnies’ (re-imagined sandwiches). Yep, you could keep me happy with a mitt full of buttery naan bread dripping with chipotle mayo and stuffed with tender Beef Brisket, ‘Slaw ‘n’ Gerkins ($14) any day!
613a Elizabeth Street, Redfern
Ph: (02) 9698 1111 threewilliams.com