You’re all going to groan, but my experience at the Bittersweet cafe in Kingston is, well, bittersweet.
I’ve declared before that I really am not a big fan of Kingston, but there’s certainly a lot that’s drawing me to it at the moment (not least Penny University and, of course, the Old Bus Depot Markets) – so much so that I’m willing to give some of the older establishments another look.
Bittersweet opened in Kingston’s Green Square in 2011 and has a very large outdoor area, where a friend and I take our seats on a cool Tuesday morning.
It’s really rather busy which makes me think my constant bad wraps of Kingston have perhaps been unfair.
My chai latte affirms this – it’s up there with the best I’ve ever had. Friend makes the same assessment of her coffee.
I’m a little uninspired with the breakfast menu (linked here from Urbanspoon). Everything’s under $20, but it’s basically old favourites: scrambled eggs, rosti, big breakfast, croque monsieur, muesli. I pick the huevos pericos – scrambled eggs with tomato, coriander, spring onions, garlic and chilli, served with sourdough toast.
I expect fluffy, just-cooked scrambled eggs with the other ingredients laced through.
Instead, I’m served rubbery eggs with not just a sprinkling of spring onion but onion galore: it’s basically onion with overcooked eggs and a bit of tomato thrown in. Maybe my expectations are way too high and this is how the traditional Colombian dish should look. I dunno. The sourdough comes without butter, so I’m brought out one of those small foil packet butters. The drops of oil you see pictured on the bread is how far it spreads.
I am pleased that the meal comes with steak knives to allow for proper cutting of the bread, but be warned: this is super crusty sourdough which even the steak knife struggles with.
With an uninspiring menu which doesn’t deliver, and so many other choices in Kingston, I can’t recommend Bittersweet for breakfast. However, its coffees are outstanding, and worth the trip for a takeaway.
Date: Tuesday, 10 December 2013
Where: Green Square, Kingston
Cost: Unsure total cost; my meal was $15.90
Worthwhile factor: Not worthwhile breakfast, highly worthwhile coffee.
Want more? Bittersweet is most active on Facebook. Its lunch options are also generally under $20. Bittersweet doesn’t take bookings for breakfast.
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