Paddington, Sydney – Wolf knick-knacks line the back shelf of this laneway coffee stop, but only spied with a keen eye. Marble tables for two line the inside of this narrow café with 1920’s light jazz notes setting the tone right for a European espresso bar, rather than a wolf’s den.
Now a firm weekend favourite of mine, this spot has quietly woken up the coffee scene in Paddington. Locals breeze in and out, ordering their routine takeaway coffees, while I tend to sit back and catch up on the papers, sipping my cap and enjoying a light meal.
I find eateries with minimalist menus most appealing these days and it’s Wolf that howls right at this simple-is-better concept. Toasted panini breads are the main stay, with the ham off the bone number my favourite. For the breaky egg lovers there is the option of a hard boiled egg served with chutney, ricotta and toasted panini. However, if sweetness is more your style, there are muffins, cakes and biscuits always available.
While I’ve tried three of the four paninis on offer, I still have one to go, giving me more reason to visit this weekend and wolf down the lucky but last!
Visit: 3 Elizabeth St, Paddington (off Gordon St, just up from Max Brenner) Facebook: Thewolfcafe; Contact: 0412 551 393; Wallet: Cheap