In Short: Dachshund Coffee offers outstanding coffee and food in a relaxed community café setting. Tip: You must try the Miss Piggy!
Hunters Hill has long been an enclave of the well-heeled establishment, who often value continuity over change, but the winds of change are sweeping through its streets and they carry the heady scent of Dachshund Coffee. With the creative hands of brothers Matt and Alex Williams and partner Rob Stein at the wheel, Dachshund Coffee Hunters Hill has a deep pool of specialty coffee talent to draw from. Its founders have ties to some of Sydney’s hallmark coffee spots like Anvil and Pablo & Rusty’s, who’s influence can be felt in this more recent caffeinated endeavour.
With an open kitchen and a long communal table stretching into the space, Dachshund Coffee exudes a real community café feel. The relaxed atmosphere, with both indoor and street-side seating, draws in all types, and the super friendly service pulls it all together into a non-pretentious haven for café connoisseurs.
We’ve been drawn here by the reports of amazing cups of brew, so it’s time to get stuck in and see what all the buzz is about. A latte touches down and it’s a cup overflowing with refined flavours of rich dark chocolate. The silkiness of the latte finishes perfectly with nutty notes chased by a berry finish.
Always wanting what we can’t have, how could we possibly not order a dish called Forbidden Rice? A base of coconut black rice, topped with a chilled dollop of Greek yoghurt, surrounded by mango and roasted hazelnuts and crowned with a splash of passionfruit makes us realise why this should be forbidden, as we’d eat way too much!
OK, this is a food blog and you’d expect that we’d be the masters of superlatives, right? Well, for this next plate I’m going to drop all the foodie flourishes and simply state that if there’s one reason to come to Dachshund Coffee in Hunters Hill, then it’s the Miss Piggy. 12 hours, count them, 12 long hours of roasting this master stock pork has released flavours and textures that put this pork right up at the apex of Sydney’s best. Nestled amongst Shimeji mushrooms, kohlrabi, pear and greens, the magnificently moist and salty-sweet pork is encircled with a toss of puffed rice. I’ve never tasted such perfectly balanced smoky, soy notes all enhanced by the crisp of the pear and crunch of the puffed rice.
Where do you go on the menu after such an epic pork dish? Well, back to the beginning of course! So, we order one last treat in the Cold Brewed Milk Mocha. Filter coffee mingles with rich Mork chocolate and sweet coconut milk into a concoction that is comforting and refreshing at the same moment. No better way to end this must repeat experience!
As cliché as it may sound, Dachshund Café in Hunters Hill really is the breath of specialty coffee fresh air that this suburb desperately needed. We go to a lot of cafes, but Dachshund Coffee will now be one of our “go to” spots for the best. It should be one of yours too.