Nestled in the industrial heart of Artarmon, Anvil Coffee Co is an unassuming foodie spot that is waiting to be discovered. At the door you are welcomed in by a cinder block fence, with picnic tables down the driveway for sunny outdoor dining on glorious North Shore days. The effortlessly cool, industrial chic interiors mold seamlessly into the surrounding area but have a certain edge about them. Rustic lamps, exposed metal and concrete floors exude an air of homage to the industrial surrounds which envelope the store, but at the same time illustrates a modern aesthetic. The heavier design elements are softened with inviting reclaimed wood, greenery and soft lighting which are all illuminated by natural light coming from the huge windows at the front of the store.
While stylistically the interior suggests a certain rigidness, the food options could not be anymore different with playful twists on culinary classics at the forefront of the menu. I sipped on a creamy, hot latte as I perused all the choices on the menu. My eyes wandered to the middle where I settled on the Anvil Breakfast Bowl and the Buttered Arabian Eggs. Everything on the menu looked tempting but it was the unusual ingredients in these dishes that really got my mouth watering.
As I waited for my food, I got chatting to a waitress on the table over from me. She was hand stamping the cups and napkins with the Anvil Coffee Co logo. I admired this touch to be very personal, especially for a busy cafe to be adding such detail to their products. I found out that the stamping wasn’t the only thing in store that had such an intimate flair. All of the items on the menu are also handmade in store, in the open kitchen where you can see the chefs creating the specialty elements that really set their dishes apart. Now I was anticipating the meals even more to taste the homemade, artisanal flavours.
While looking through the menu, I initially glanced over the Anvil Breakfast Bowl ($19) but reading through the ingredients I thought it was definitely worth a try and I was right. It was the pistachio tabbouleh that really caught my eye, as I was intrigued because I’ve never heard of something like that before. It was a tasty mix of pistachios and quinoa that added a nutty bite to the bowl. Accompanied with delicious earthy flavours of beetroot hummus, heirloom tomatoes and crunchy, citrusy kale it was light and fresh yet completely filling. The dish also featured the ever trendy crushed avocado and two perfectly poached eggs. The different textures of the bowl make it a sensory experience and takes it to a higher level than the average, run of the mill brunch bowl. It was a delicious yet healthy way to start the day, especially when paired with my Greener Juice of spinach, kale, celery, apple and spirulina. If you wanted to make it a little naughtier I would suggest getting a side of bacon to add to it as I did.
My favourite dish however would have to be the Buttered Arabian Eggs ($16). It was a treat for the eyes, being plated in such a lovely way. What really impressed me though was the fact that never before have I been transported so quickly to foodie heaven than when I tried the mind blowing combination of the Greek yogurt and burnt butter that forms the initial layer of this dish. Salty, sweet and tart all at the same time, such simple ingredients created such a complex palate. My next favourite element was the caramelised onions, which were also quite flavoursome. Combined with the crunch of the toast, the softness of the poached eggs with a chilli salt kick to boot, this is one brunch dish I would be happy to eat everyday and twice on Sundays.
The Anvil Coffee Co seems to be a popular, yet still a peaceful place for a fresh, artisanal meal. The cafe is alive with a constant stream of clientele coming in for a coffee and some breakfast or lunch from the broad menu. Being located in the heart of Artarmon it is easily accessible and definitely worth the trip.
Anvil Coffee Co.
17 Dickson Ave, Artarmon, Sydney NSW
I Ate My Way Through dined as guests of Anvil Coffee Co