4 St Johns Avenue, Gordon
Cuisine – Vietnamese
Opening hours – Mon – Fri 6am – 6pm, Sat & Sun 7am – 4pm
Contact – 02 9499 8799
Good Food Guide classifies this café as “Vietnamese”, but that wouldn’t be obvious if you’ve only been there for a hearty breakfast/ brunch or coffee. The Pottery Green Bakery is run by the Tran family, who also own and operate Pottery Green Bakery (PGB) in Lane Cove. The café does pastries, fresh crusty bread, sausage rolls and pies, as well as a great cup of coffee. The décor is styled in a determined rustic way, with uncovered brick walls, beaten metal stools and thick wooden tables, and wooden shelves holding antique kitchen utensils, books and various other bric-a-brac. Even the bathrooms are rustic (perhaps a little too much so) with broken tiles propping up the basins and a pervading unfinished look about them.
The crusty bread is every bit as good as it smells, and is definitely the thing for a Sunday brunch after a late Saturday night. The breakfasts are inventive, hearty and tasty, often served in an individual serve-sized baking pan. The iced chocolates and thickshakes look wicked in their handled jar containers, and there’s no skimping on the cream. Lunches are luscious and cater very much to the weather, with light and healthy salads for summer and hearty soups for winter. All year round “Mum’s Awesome Pho Beef Noodle Soup” is on offer and is a must-try.
Pottery Green Bakery is not a stylish and styled dining experience, but a comfortable place to enjoy a coffee or something even more tempting. Service is prompt and friendly, although at busy times food delivery can be a little slow.