“Ahhh, I feel like a human now”, that’s what I usually say to myself after the first sip of my morning coffee. Cuckoo? Yes, for talking to myself. But I think I can officially confess that I’m a coffee addict, but do not consider myself a coffee snob though.
I am a creature of habit. Once I’ve found a café I like, I tend to stick to it like a leech ha! Hence, at my regular café in Orange, the baristas and I are on first name basis, so much so, they remember my order. Pathetic? Perhaps. But that’s how I roll ha!
Spending a couple days away from Orange to Newcastle in the past weekend was exciting. It was a good opportunity for me to venture out of my norm. Whilst my beloved was looking up sight-seeing spots, I was checking up on the local cafés and Malaysian restaurants. Then Rolador in Hamilton, Newcastle came to my radar. It helped that Lauren from the Corridor Kitchen did an informative review on this cafe. I was convinced.
Although we did not have any trouble finding Rolador owing to the amount of people that were seated outside the café, the signage was not conspicuous. The moment we approached the café, we felt the hipster and quirky vibe, in a good way of course! I love the café’s eclectic and rustic interior… it simply makes the place feels warm, playful and carefree.
Here comes the first sip of coffee. I decided to have soy latte on that morning. It was creamy and the perfect ratio between coffee and soy milk. For those soy latte lovers out there, you may agree with me that not many cafes do well in the soy milk and coffee department. Sometimes you get that weird tasting soy milk. Well, you don’t have to worry about this one.
We decided to have a sit down breakfast – which was a nice departure of my usual coffee and muffins on the go. One thing I noted was that there is a Mexican flair to their menu. There were breakfast burritos and spicy omelet with jalapenos and salsa. We ended up having the following:-
Spicy rolo eggs $15.50
Brekkie burito $15.50
Vegi brekkie on sourdough multiegrain with free range egg, haloumi, button mushrooms, bean and avo with house made tomato & pear chutney $18.50
Ethiopian pumpkin and lentil soup $12
(In case you think the above was a bit of a overkill for two people, there were actually 4 of us on this road trip – my beloved, myself and two friends. )
The portion size was generous. I ordered the vegi brekkie which was abundance. What I like about their breakfast dishes was that they were not greasy. There was no butter dripping off my toasts and the others agreed that the breakfast was on the healthier side but still flavourful. It helps that they provided on a small bottle of hot sauce to go with your eggs. Hot sauce and eggs, you can’t fight that combo eh?
PS: I actually went back the next morning to try their Banana, Walnut and Maple muffins. AH-MAZING! Not greasy nor too sweet which also a big plus for me!