Snapshot: Three Williams

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Come get your narnies! Now doesn't that just sound rude. You can find these curious hybrid sandwiches at Three Williams, a new Redfern café that has plonked itself on Elizabeth St. These are just some of the offerings from ex-Aria chef Tim Bryan, as well as some flipping good coffee from Single Origin Roasters. Three Williams is the latest to join a swag of café and restaurant openings in the the Redfern area which is certainly on the rise. 

A riff on the humble sarnie: grilled prawn, avocado, corn and tomato salsa narnie. The narnie itself is a glorious house made naan bread that is buttery soft. All in all, it makes for one happy camper!

Curiously enough Three Williams isn't named after it's owner(s) but takes its name from important figures for the area like William Redfern. The first thing you'll notice about the space is how cavernous it is, as it was converted from an old storage warehouse. It's no wonder the fit-out looks like it's come from a flat pack, but it certainly gets the job done. It has a slightly retro feel with ochre bench seats running down the length. The marble topped tables (though tiny) give a little touch of class.

The first and most important order of the day - coffees

The menu is of a decent size, but why not go for a signature narnie or two? The crunchy brioche french toast and caramelised cauliflower  tabouli also look amazing (separately, of course). The service is cheerful and efficient. They have a lot of ground to cover between trips to the kitchen! The vibe is nice and chilled so you don't feel pressured to finish and pay like you do in some cafés (which can spoil the meal entirely).

Fish croquettes with lemon and aïoli, a delicious starter with a lightly crumbed and crispy outer. The aïoli was a winner for me with it's lovely whipped texture Source: Daily Addict

Get your hands dirty with the grilled beef brisket, slaw gherkins and chipotle mayo narnie. A definite crowd pleaser and jam packed with fillings

Three Williams is sure to be on the regular visit list, especially for locals. Funnily enough, I spotted Hugo Weaving dropping in to grab a coffee that day too. The national obsession with café culture and coffee is going strong. Make Three Williams your next café destination.

Three Williams, another win on the café front

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