|Date| Sunday 18.o5.2o14
Monday ~ Friday 7:oo am ~ 4:oo pm
Saturday 8:oo am ~ 4:oo pm
Sunday 8:3o am ~ 4:3o pm
|Location| The Copper Mill – Suite B, 338~356 Mitchell Road, Alexandria
|Price| $15.oo ~ $2o.oo pp
We’ve always wanted to go to the Copper Mill everytime we drove past to go to the city. We’ve also seen the high ratings on Urbanspoon but have never had the chance to experience it ourselves until recently we finally decided to try it out.
The Copper Mill is easily located on Mitchell Road, near Sydney Park. We were lucky it didn’t take us long to find parking in one of those side streets, probably a 3 ~ 4 min walk to the cafe, but do drive around the area especially during the 11am ~ 1pm period.
We were surprised by the amount of people already waiting outside the cafe. We were asked to drop our names down for a table, but unlike other cafes they didn’t ask for a contact number. The waitress then picked up a chalk and a piece of what looked like a long blackboard from the floor besides the pot plant, to write our names, which i thought was an interesting idea.
Copper Mill is also suitable for those with pets especially dogs as the have a water bowl for your thirsty dogs while waiting for a seat or takeaway. Approximately 20 minutes into the wait, we were feeling a bit hungry so to save our grumbling tummies, we went inside to look at the variety of cakes and breads they had, we came to a decision and bought a croissant to share ($3.50). ** btw check out their croissant paper bag **
After another 15min or so we finally got seated on a long table sharing with two other groups of customers, we loved the interior design, the cashier was connected to the open kitchen located right in front of us where we could see the meals being cooked and the smell of coffees being made.
The menu was located on a big black board that was framed up against the wall, it was a bit hard to see the bottom bits as some of the customer’s head would be blocking the view, but we managed to order anyway.
We ordered drinks first : Coconut Hot Chocolate and Cappuccino
First off when the drinks arrived, we were surprised that the cup of hot chocolate was bigger than the cappuccino. However I guess the taste is what REALLY matters 🙂
Honestly, I quite enjoyed the cappuccino at the Copper Mill because it tastes slightly smoother than previous coffees I’ve had. But my personal favourite – coconut hot chocolate had a good mix of a coconut after taste while clearly tasting out the hot chocolate in it too. For those that like coconut chocolate such as bounty, I’m recommending this to you 🙂
As for our food for brunch we ordered Beef Hash and Huevas Roncheros.
Main #1 – Beef Hash
Beef Hash – corned beef, fresh radish, caramelized onions, poached eggs, zaatar, baby herbs ($15)
I really liked this dish, apart from it being slightly salty, everything else blended in very well together. The fresh radish mixed well with poached eggs (with the yolk still runny) and abit of corned beef all tingling around your mouth, the dish had a good proportion and was very filling.
The dish was also presented very beautifully with all the vibrant colours, making the beef hash very FUN to eat 🙂
Main #2 – Huevas Roncheros
Huevas Roncheros – blue corn tortilla, black beans, roast capsicum, sunnyside egg, pecorino, chillies ($14) (with pork $17)
The second dish we ordered also had an attractive presentation with pecorino shavings sitting on top of the perfectly fried sunnyside egg.
P.S. Pecorino is a hard Italian cheese made from ewe’s milk.
As you move your egg aside, you will see a generous serving of black beans and roast capsicum placed on top of the blue corn tortilla. For those who aren’t a great beans fans (whether you dislike the farting effects afterwards or just generally not too fond of beans) then this is not the dish for you.
Personally we thought that if they could add a couple more ingredients to balance the beans out, the texture could work out much better.
Service staff / waiters were attentive, nice and friendly. They even offered us a few times to move down the end of the table so that there would be more room for us. They also suggested to move us to the bench seats near the window but we were quite happy with where we were seated.
Overall it was an enjoyable experience at Copper Mill even though one of our dishes weren’t too satisfying but we would definitely return for another week of brunch here to try out other dishes that could possibly surprise us.
Drumroll………. Overall rating 8 / 10