SYDNEY | A1 Canteen is the casual sibling to owner Clayton Wells’ Automata across the road. It’s housed in the ground floor of the Old Rum Store building, and sees Wells and head chef Scott Eddington creating some of Sydney’s tastiest breakfast dishes, along with winning lunch and dinner options, and takeaway pastries and sandwiches.
The concrete and stainless steel fitout pays homage to the history of the building. It’s a casual welcoming space with lots of natural lighting, booths, tables, and an open kitchen and long, low bar. It’s all very open and airy and works well.
The food is produce driven, with creative flavour combinations levelling up familiar ingredients and dishes. On the breakfast menu, the grilled mortadella, roquette, and fried egg sandwich with green hot sauce is fantastic. It’s joined by things like curried scrambled eggs, with LP’s sausages and an English muffin, and and XO omelette with blue swimmer crab and shallots served with sourdough toast.
At lunch it’s all about the sandwiches, but there’s also pasta, salads, and a few other mains. The muffuletta – a pressed sandwich with olive salad, mortadella, salami, leg ham, roasted peppers, spinach, artichoke, and provolone, has developed cult status amongst customers, while the rigatoni with fermented chilli, roasted red peppers, and smoked feta also appeals.
At dinner the food and vibe is more bistro like. Think dishes like grilled baby octopus with fennel, ink sauce, herbs, and preserved lemon, slow roasted lamb shoulder with tahini yoghurt and za’atar, and Hiramasa kingfish collar with espelette pepper and curry leaf cream.
For drinks it’s a selection of pre-batched cocktails that sit alongside a small wine list, single origin coffee, teas and bottled juices. The rotating wine list is approachable and features local and international wine producers and interesting grape varietals. Think Jumpin Juice Yellow from Pat Sullivan, and Konpira Maru from Semillon. And there’s also craft beer for those after something with hops, from the likes of Young Henrys, Garage Project, and Grifter.
10 Kensington Street
New South Wales 2008
Telephone: (02) 9280 3285
E-mail: [email protected]
Sun – Mon: 7:00am to 3:00pm
Tue – Sat: 7:00am to 3:00pm; 6:00pm to 10:00pm