My café adventure continues and it recently took me to the North Shore suburb of Hunters Hill. A few months back, I started following on Instagram a new-ish joint in this area called Dachshund Coffee. I've wanted to visit them ever since seeing all the coffee and mouthwatering dishes they've posted on social media. They have dubbed themselves the "Hounds of Hunters Hill" and hence why they decided to use the beautiful breed "Dachshund" and its name as their character hound mascot to represent their café. Owners Alex, Matt and Rob's café background includes the likes of Anvil Coffee, Pablo & Rusty and The Reformatory Caffeine Lab. Nothing but great things are expected from the trio! I can confirm that awesomeness as I have experienced it first hand at Dachshund.
So upon arriving just around 10 minutes after their opening time on a Sunday, the place was already crowded. That's definitely a good sign! But in spite being busy, they still managed to cater to their clients well. The place had a very welcoming vibe with an action-packed open kitchen and industrial fit out. They also have a white sleek Synesso espresso machine to pump out amazing coffee. Speaking about coffee, they source their beans from a boutique roaster called Fat Poppy Coffee. For tea lovers, they have Tea Craft on offer. Goodies like praline pistachio caramel slices, cupcakes and various pastries are also available. The place is very family-friendly that they even provide water bowls for our furry family members. Parking is convenient and to add to the convenience, there is a bus stop right in front of the shop.
We started with some caffe latte ($3.50) and flat white ($3.50) with a Fat Poppy espresso blend of Brazilian and Ethiopian coffee. The blend was slammin’ with a medium to full body. Sweet notes of toffee and milk chocolate easily pierced through the nice textured milk (milk is sourced from a farm in Picton). I loved every sip of it!
I also got to try a batch filter brew ($4 per serve) of Kenya Kahete, which was also roasted by Fat Poppy. It was so fruity with strong notes of blackcurrant and it was so light.
The first dish we tried was the Kumara hotcakes ($19). It’s sweet potato patties with goat’s feta, kale, tomato, quinoa salad, a perfect poached egg and chipotle aioli. The hotcakes themselves had a nice caramelised crust surface and delicious yam-like innards. The nutty kale and quinoa salad dressed with red wine vinaigrette was perfect accompaniment to the hotcakes. The chipotle aioli added a touch of smokiness to the dish.
One of the most epic breakfast dishes I’ve had in my life is their Frenchie ($16.50 available weekends only). Its’ their take on the classic brioche French toast but with a twist. It also had double smoked bacon, caramelized banana, and house maple syrup. The brioche French toast itself was almost like a fluffy buttery pancake. The super smoky crispy bacon and maple syrup was a slam-dunk combo with the brioche. The caramelised banana added a nice soft texture and sweetness to the dish. It’s the type of dish that would make one say “Hot damn this is fantastic!”
Hunters Hill is so lucky to have a local café like Dachshund around. Besides the coffee and food being amazing, they are also so customer focused that they cater to families with kids and dogs. The availability of high chairs, kiddie benches (complete with drawing paper and pencils) and canine water bowls says it all. So on your next visit to Hunters Hill: “Come, Sit, Stay” at Dachshund for an excellent café experience.
Ramen Raff was invited by Dachshund Coffee as a guest.
64 Gladesville Road
Hunters Hill NSW
Phone: (02) 9879 4619
Mon-Fri 6:30 am to 4:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am to 3:00 pm