Brewtown, Newtown

05 Feb
February 5, 2014

Brewtown, Potts Point or Brewtown, Maroubra just doesn’t have the same ring as Brewtown, Newtown.  It really had to find it’s home in that suburb for rhyming reasons alone.

I am not the first to write about Brewtown.  Social media is abuzz regarding their cronuts and great coffee, and bloggers have been blogging.  I thought I might as well join the Brewtown bandwagon.

Brewtown Newtown Brewtown NewtownThe gang from Gnome, in Surry Hills, opened up Brewtown late last year, in the premises that use to house Berkelouw Bookstore.  I haven’t been to Gnome, but again, lots of positives float around regarding them and their coffee.  Above Brewtown is the home of O’Connel Street Merchants.  Make sure you pop up and pay them a visit when visiting.

Brewtown has a light industrial feel to it, wood, metal, brick and white concrete walls with exposed beams.  The day I visit Sydney’s temperature is creeping up to a scorching 40 degrees Celsius.  All is cool and calm in Brewtown, the high ceilings and industrial chic all assist keeping it cool inside, a nice escape from the heat.

Brewtown NewtownBrewtownAs soon as I sit down water is offered, it is complimentary, choice of sparkling or flat and it is cold.  The water is well received on this hotter than hot days, and continuously topped up during my visit.

Brewtown Newtown EspressoBrewtown Newtown Draft CoffeeI start with an espresso ($3).  What I have heard about the coffee hasn’t been a lie, the coffee is good.  So good, that I end up having two espressos and a glass of cold brewed coffee ($6).  They have cold brewed coffee on draft, which I haven’t come across before, it’s a pretty cool concept.  Surprisingly after all that caffeine I’m not impersonating George from George in the Jungle and his ‘java java java’ scene.

It’s a medium sized breakfast/brunch menu.  All looking rather tasty, I actually have trouble deciding what to have.  I originally set my mind on the beetroot cured ocean trout ($16.50), but then change my mind in the 11th hour and go for the baked polenta with mushrooms ($15).  This is due to seeing a couple of perfectly poached eggs on the table next to us.

 Brewtown Newtown Polenta Brewtown Newtown Polentabaked polenta

There is a decent sized piece of baked polenta, which is topped with mushrooms and shaved parmesan cheese.  To the side are two perfectly poached eggs siting on top of grilled asparagus.

 Brewtown Newtown Beef Hashcorned beef hash

My dining companion, and Brewtown regular, decides on the corned beef hash with garden peas, poached egg and parmesan crumbs ($15).

I had already organized a couple of cinnamon cronuts to be put aside for me to take home to the boys, just in case there was a mad rush on them and they ran out.  The cronuts are very popular and I have read many a disappointed tweet stating that somebody had missed out.  We decided to split one to finish our meal and opt for the jam filled cronut.  It is light and flakey like a croissant on the inside, and not too oily from frying.  I don’t go gaga for cronuts, I have now tried quite a few around Sydney, including Zumbo’s, and I think Brewtown’s are probably the better of what I have tried so far.

Brewtwon Newtown Cronutcronut

If you go specifically to try a cronut, may I recommend you get there early, with more chance of securing one on a weekday.  They have a couple of varieties to choose from, chocolate with Boston cream, cinnamon or jam when I was there.

Is it worth heading to Newtown to visit Brewtown?  I will be heading back, I still have my eye on the cured ocean trout. I have heard there can be a 20-minute wait to get a table.  I just waltzed in on a Thursday morning, around 10.30, no wait needed, quite a few places to sit. I observed it gets busier towards lunch and of course weekends are their busiest time.

Sara xxx

6-8 O’Connel St, Newtown
+61 2 9519 2920

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13 replies
  1. Ramen Raff says:

    I love everything bout this joint! Their cinnamon cronuts are probably my fave amongst the other others. Consistent good coffee and food like Gnome :) . Their baked polenta is so boss. Awesome review Sara!

  2. Amanda @ Gourmanda says:

    I’ve read a lot about Brewtown, and it’s been everywhere in my Instagram feed! I’d like to go one day, but I just don’t tend to make it over the bridge that often, as terrible as that sounds!
    Amanda @ Gourmanda recently posted..Review: Yak Italian Kitchen and Bar, Melbourne

  3. Jacq says:

    Heard lots about this place and I’m keen to try the cronuts and their savouries too! Waiting puts me off a bit so I think I’ll have to try and make it on a weekday like you did
    Jacq recently posted..Chur Burger, Sydney

  4. Michael @ I'm Still Hungry says:

    Love this place – great coffee and vibe, with a seriously good trout dish to boot.
    Michael @ I’m Still Hungry recently posted..Harajuku Gyoza| Fun With Dumplings

  5. JJ - 84thand3rd says:

    I love a good bandwagon – ha! Brewtown has all but hijacked my IG feed, I need to get there. Up for another weekday brunch? ;D
    JJ – 84thand3rd recently posted..The Most Genius Way to Cut a Watermelon – Video Tutorial

  6. Annie @ The Random Foodie says:

    i still haven’t tried Gnome cafe but i’ve been to Brewtown. loved all the food and coffee there!
    Annie @ The Random Foodie recently posted..Yulli’s, Surry Hills

  7. Helen (Grab Your Fork) says:

    Cold coffee on tap is a brilliant idea. The baked polenta looks lush, especially with that gooey egg yolk running everywhere!
    Helen (Grab Your Fork) recently posted..Frenchs Forest Organic Food Market

  8. john | heneedsfood says:

    I saw many places in the States had cold brew on tap. Brilliant idea. And next time I’m there I’ll be trying the corned beef hash and one of those jam cronuts. So glad these guys are in Newtown.
    john | heneedsfood recently posted..Beetroot carpaccio, gorgonzola & gin-macerated white peach

  9. milkteaxx says:

    i also had the baked polenta! loved the polenta so much!

  10. Priscilla says:

    Uhhh i can’t wait to try this place esp their cronuts!
    Thanks for the tips on getting in there early. I wouldn’t want to miss out on their chocolate w boston cream cronut!!
    Priscilla recently posted..Buns and Balls, Kings Cross

  11. Gaby says:

    Man, that’s a lot of caffeine! But if the coffee is good, then it’s worth it. I know I won’t be trying a cronut (no gluten-free cronuts, I guess) but food looks fantastic.
    Gaby recently posted..My experiment with the Bulletproof® protein fasting

  12. Amanda@ChewTown says:

    I’m always so behind the 8 ball. Still haven’t been here yet… but then again, I always try to avoid Newtown because I don’t ever have the parking fairies on my side.
    Amanda@ChewTown recently posted..Poached Pear and Mascarpone Tart


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