A side of yoga with your bacon and eggs? Not a problem at Egg Of The Universe wholefoods café and yoga studio. There’s a very different atmosphere walking into Egg Of The Universe in Sydney’s Rozelle. Sure you’ve got your typical weekend café goer scoping out the goodies and ordering up a flat white, but interlaced amongst these café regulars are people on a mission, people with yoga mats! It really gives the space a much more vibrant and active feel. It also says a lot about the ethos of the venture as a whole. The total body health concept is there in practice, and it’s an inspiring example of a holistic approach to health.
It’s a sunny, but chilly, Sydney morning as we make our way through the bustle of the Egg Of The Universe and out into the best part of the café, the courtyard. Cafés with courtyards are nothing special, but when the space is crafted to create a real oasis of calm and an escape from the frantic pace of the city, it’s a special find. It’s one of those spaces that makes you want to permanently etch it into your memory as a ‘go-to’ retreat in summer, or winter.
Drinkies first, so we opt for the piccolo and a chai latte to warm us, as we settle in. The piccolo at “The Egg” is just a little larger than standard and is actually a much better size, in our humble opinion. My co-reviewer and coffee connoisseur Giulia, relishes the piccolo’s smooth, rich flavour and creamy head, not to mention it’s perfect temperature on this chilly morning.
My chai latte offers the spice of the chai with a gentle, creamy sweetness, and no treacly aftertaste so common in a lot of powder-based chai lattes.
Taking our last sips, our breakfast plates of colour and contrast arrive. The food at the Egg Of The Universe is described as a “ …fun and modern exploration of the wholefoods concept…”, and that is clear in the presentation and ingredients on display. The simply named Avocado & Tomato is a construction of tomato jam, roast tomatoes, seasoned avocado, and green leaves, all on a tasty spelt sourdough slice. We pimped it out with goat’s cheese, at the suggestion of our friendly server, to add a little creamy tang. There’s a deliciously juicy burst from the roast tomatoes that is made all the yummier accompanied by the sweet tomato jam, mixed in with the light and creamy avocado. The crunch of the crisp, yet moist, sourdough pulls it all together with a nice level of acidity that plays off the goat’s cheese and contrasts the sweetness of the jam. It’s an interesting take on the standard smashed avo on toast.
You can’t come to a place called Egg Of The Universe and not have eggs! So, I go for the Seasonal Breakfast, which lets me get a dose of those ooey gooey orbs, along with some other delectable delights thrown in for good measure. The Seasonal Breakfast raids the garden and serves up roasted sweet potato and carrots with pumpkin puree, kale, two organic poached eggs, green leaves, turmeric aioli, lacto-fermented pickle, and dukkah. That’s a lot of wholefood goodness packed into a single plate! The organic poached eggs are as good as you’d expect, but for me, the stars of the show were the roasted sweet potato and carrots, along with the kale. The preparation of these was spot on, with the ideal balance of tenderness and flavour. The gooey yolk was the crowning glory, as it oozed over the bed of roasty veggies. The whole dish was so good, I had to stop myself from eating it all too quickly, so I could take a few notes!
Egg Of The Universe is one of those unique little finds that offers so much in food, space, and… well, yoga, that there’s something that will appeal to all types. I only wish I had found their magical courtyard sooner, but that’s just something to bring me back time and time again.