A 220-square-metre speciality coffee bar lands in Sydney's inner west
Mario Szucs and Will Smallbone, the team behind tiny Potts Point cafe Gypsy Espresso, have opened Went to See the Gypsy, a second venue in an Alexandria warehouse, just down the road from the brand's coffee roastery.
Weighing in at 220-square-metres, the speciality coffee bar and cafe that they're calling their flagship is ten times the size of Gypsy Espresso, with a huge seating plan and an extended food and drink offering.
Here the “brew bar” steals attention with its futuristic espresso machines. The Mod Bar machine, made by La Marzocco, is broken down into two parts. Sitting atop the counter are four isolated group head, that looking like simple water taps, and whose chunky piping and mechanisms are installed and tucked away in a separate unit underneath the counter. The only visible parts of the coffee machine are unobtrusive at chest height, designed so that customers can pull up a stool and chat to the baristas as they make their brew.
This is the second Mod Bar in Sydney, the first in is newly opened North Sydney cafe Humm. At the brew bar, all manner of coffees are made by head barista Simon Gautherin and his team, while Gyspy's signature blend sits on the shelves behind available to take home. An espresso from the Mod Bar costs $4, while filters are $7 a pop. There's also cascara (soda made from coffee cherries) and a rotating selection of teas.
Bryan Loong, formerly Cho Cho San and Devon Cafe, helms the kitchen. The menu is simple and familiar, with a long list of breakfast classics, salads, burgers and snacks.
Expect the expected in the forms of greens breakfast bowls, french toast and coconut tapioca, but diversions from the ubiquitous crop up too. There's a $12 dish of chickpea puree served with olive oil and toast; a sandwich with tempeh and glazed carrots; and a Golden Gaytime tiramisu dessert.
And yes, it's named after a Bob Dylan song.