In Short : Brilliant milk and brewed coffees, delicious healthy breakfasts, located just north of the Pitt Street mall.
The “outside-in” march continues with the opening of Fossix on Pitt Street. Like Reuben Hills and Edition, John Smith have joined the movement from the CBD fringe to offerings smack bang in the middle of the city and we’re all winners!
Its parent cafe John Smith, rejuvenated the boring stretch of Botany Road from Redfern end to O’Riordan street. Fossix Coffee is doing the same from the north end of Pitt Street Mall to Martin Place. Housed in the typical high rise building that is prevalent in this part of Sydney, Fossix counters the templated approach of a foyer cafes with clean whites, with a featured black and white tiled wall bearing the menu.
Lush plants ad an air of freshness and the L structured layout is cute too. There’s seating in the foyer and an intimate alcove that hides the diner away from the foot traffic.
As we settle down the peruse the menu, I order a batch brew which arrives not long after I order. There’s strong lingering strength in the coffee, but delicate fruity notes throughout. With a refreshing mouth feel that really invigorates the palate, bring on the food, I say!
My partner in crime today is fellow Coco and Viner Steven, who has quickly become the resident chai latte specialist. The chai latte scene back in the day, about 2 years ago, was an ugly state of affairs with sickly powdered chai lattes that were all too common, as Steven would lay testament to. Luckily for him, cafes like Fossix are taking their chais as seriously as the coffee with proper tea leaf chais, which produce subtle floral notes. There’s a perfect harmony between the sweetness and the spice and it all comes together perfectly. I love the dainty teapot it is served in too!
Both Steven and I will poke fun at each other often when we meet up, because inevitably we’ll be in uniform (ie dressed in similar clothes). It doesn’t help that we’re both huge fans of Uniqlo. Like our uniforms, you will notice how similar our breakfasts look too, in this review. We’ll just put it down to 20 years of friendship and the hundreds of restaurants, and eateries we’ve dined in! I choose the chunky granola. As the name implies, the clumped balls of granola are a feature of this breakfast offering. There’s a nice roasted flavour along with a hint of spice. Natural yoghurt takes the place of milk, and it’s creamy and smooth with its natural tanginess. Sharp berry compote contrasts with the sweet and chunky mandarin segment. The addition of passionfruit adds another layer of tropical sweet and tangy notes. Edible flowers are a pretty touch to a well balanced and filling breakfast.
Steven has the Fossix porridge which incorporates tea-infused oats, caramelised banana, roasted almonds and dessicated coconut. As with the granola, there’s a nice balance to the flavours. Sweet caramelised banana is the star of the dish. It’s partnered by a mandarin and the citrusy juice cuts through the richness of the banana. Almonds provide a textural counterpoint to the soft tea-infused oats. The light tropical flavours of dessicated coconut and it’s perfumed aroma is present with every spoonful.
With a good brew already long gone, I can’t resist a flat white to finish off my experience at Fossix. There’s a beautiful creamy viscosity in the coffee, and it’s accompanied by a fruity tang. There’s a lovely depth flavour with a pleasant chocolate finish.
Fossix definitely fulfils its brief or delivering great feed at breakfast time that launches you into the day, and its coffee is first rate too. With really friendly, relaxed service, it really is a great addition to this part of the CBD.