I work right on the border of Crows Nest and St Leonards in Sydney – a mini metropolis of office towers housing a mix of design agencies, not for profit organisations, and IT companies. With the fantastic mix of Thai, Japanese, Italian, burgers, cafes, and more in the area, there’s not usually many reasons to go elsewhere for lunch – unless of course, you want something a little quirkier, for which you’ll go to Cream Gourmet Deli in Naremburn, a fifteen minute walk away.
It’s a cute little cafe in a small stretch of shops, and proves to be very popular with the locals. With a mix of brightly coloured chairs outside and baristas who know how to brew a good cup of joe inside, it’s easy to see why it’s such a hit. My small work team (Marketing) of three other colleagues and I went one day late in December to celebrate the end of a long, productive, and stressful work year.
End of year celebrations called for funky drinks in funky jam jars. I ordered the banana, walnut and maple frappe, which was surprisingly smooth and divinely sweet and savoury at the same time. Others ordered the pineapple, mint and raspberry frappe which came garnished with leaves from a pineapple top. My colleague ordered a mixed juice, which is one of the highlights of Cream Gourmet Deli – they have a variety of juices on the menu and you can ask for a mix – i.e. a carrot, apple, and ginger juice. Mix and match to your heart’s content!
Having not had a decent breakfast that day, I decided to compensate by ordering one of Cream’s fantastic all-day breakfast options. While I was highly tempted by their Big Breakfast (with bacon and chorizo!), I opted for the slightly healthier ‘hippie feast’. Now I’m about as far from a hippie as you can imagine (DINK yuppie anyone?), but I just loved this dish – the kumara hash was well salted and extremely flavourful, and the mushrooms were cooked to perfection. The poached eggs that I requested had just the right amount of ooze as you cut into them as well.
Cream Gourmet Deli was quiet when we went for lunch during the week, but I understand they get very busy on weekends as the locals come out. It’s kid and pet friendly, with spots to leave your furry companion as you pop in for a quick coffee or takeaway breakfast.
Overall, I rate Cream Gourmet Deli a 7.5 out of 10 – a solid effort by a hidden gem of a neighborhood cafe. It’s worth stopping by if only for their frappes if you’re ever in the Naremburn/Willoughby area.