In the back of Cammeray there is a little cafe called “The Alchemist Espresso” that puts some science into the cafe game. The cafe is located on the corner of Carter and Wilson Street in Cammeray, serves up a really good coffee, and some tasty food.
If you spot the giant old “VB” sign on the building, you’ll know you’ve found the right place. There is usually parking on Carter St opposite.
The interior decorating is fantastic. I couldn’t take enough photos of it. Just note that you place your order at the counter.
Now, to the good part, what did we have? Well naturally coffee…
Large Skim Cappuccino ($4.00)
The coffee at Alchemist is really great. I really enjoyed my large cup, I look forward to my next visit.
Huevos Rancheros ($16.90)
I ordered the huevos rancheros because they sounded really good on the menu, what I received however was something I would call “deconstructed huevos rancheros”. Not to be picky, but I was expecting something a little more akin to the traditional dish, and for $16.90 I was disappointed to receive one poached egg. The flavour was there, the tortilla was great, and the egg cooked perfectly… but I was a little sad by this one. To be honest I was have remorse from not picking the Cheese BLT (which I’ve heard is good). The one plus about having it served this way was that I was forced to eat it with a knife and fork. The other thing that stood out was that the spice/heat (chilli) in this was a little too much. I like chilli, and spice, but this had a lingering heat that meant I reached for the water over my coffee (and still felt minutes later).
Warm Moroccan Spiced Chicken ($19.00)
The star of the meal and the reason for our visit. My wife actually visited the cafe with a girlfriend the day before, and had this, and was raving about it. I wanted to try this new cafe and hence us coming back the next day. The secret to this dish is to ask for “additional relish”. The chicken is slowly cooked and the entire dish is delicious. I can’t imagine someone ordering this and being unhappy (but do go for more of that relish – trust us!).
One of the things I really liked was all the Science references. The only yelp review criticises that alchemy isn’t chemistry… but seriously, get a grip, they’ve gone with a theme and I appreciate it. One thing I really liked was that the table numbers were actually elements from the periodic table (not pictured). In prominent display is the organic chemistry symbol for Caffeine;
Now one thing that was frustrating was the fact it was really hard to find a copy of their menu online, so I took some photos to help those of us that like to pick what they want ahead of time.
Here is a copy, as of May 2017;
- Great coffee.
- Fascinating and fun interior.
- Periodic Table Numbers !
- New enough that it isn’t overwhelmed with people (?).
- Lack of menu online (see above).
- I didn’t really like my huevos rancheros (probably won’t order it again).
- Questionable if prices for meals are just a tad too much? (family members have commented that they thought the price for food was high).
I want to come back and try that Cheese BLT and their other food. I know that my wife will always be happy to have that Warm Moroccan Spiced Chicken. They also had a special on a blackboard that sounded really good (something to do with warm oats that just sounded perfect on a cold winters day).
Address: 8 Carter St, Cammeray NSW 2062
Phone: 0418 977 082