Unless for late night coffee at Cosmo, the only time I really eat out in Double Bay is when meeting my friend Rachel. Her grandmother was a fashion designer who had a boutique in Double Bay, and she loves to think that it is now Rachel’s stomping ground, so we’ve made it a little tradition of ours. When our usual brunch spot was too packed to contemplate one morning, we decided to give Mrs Sippy a try. Both of us had been at night before but not for food, and of course when somewhere offers food I am always curious to test it;).
The daytime vibe here is definitely different to its bustling nighttime, with the huge space quite empty. The decor is very industrial, with exposed bare brick walls, metal tables and blue and yellow plastic chairs. There is a comfy looking worn leather couch down the left hand side of the main dining area, and I wish all the tables had seats like this!
Service was polite, defying the area’s infamously pretentious rep, though a little inattentive as we waited about 15 minutes before finally asking for someone to take our order. The menu isn’t huge, but the options appear well thought out striking a nice balance between elevated classics and dishes that are a little more innovative.
My seared tuna nicoise was excellent, a huge serve that takes me forever to finish but finish it I do, the quality ingredients too good to waste. The tuna itself was cooked to perfection, seasoned and seared on the outside with appealing grill lines giving a slightly charred flavor, and pink and fleshy within. This was accompanied by all the classic nicoise trimmings, a soft boiled egg, baby capers, green beans, sliced new potatoes, anchovies, halved cherry heirloom tomatoes, red onion, black olives, and mesclun lettuce leaves lightly dressed in a lemony vinagrette, altogether achieving a perfect balance of saltyness and acidity. What a mouthful!
On the opposite end of the taste spectrum, Rachel’s french toast was equally divine – I steal a bite and swoon over the perfect combination of milky white, creamy ricotta with sweet, jammy strawberry compote sandwiched between spongey brioche french toast, golden caramelised on the outside and drizzled with smooth vanilla yoghurt and maple syrup.
My soy cappacino was also good – creamy and smooth, the well-rounded Campos coffee flavor leaving me with no desire to add my usual sweetener.
Though we love our regular brunch spot, Mrs Sippy turned out to be a fine alternative;).