rolador | cafe review

I had a fabulous weekend up around my childhood hometown; Newcastle.

My BFF Gracie lives in Wickham which is a suburb of ‘Newy’ and after an intense few hours of wedding dress shopping (for her May 2012 nuptials to the fabulous Robert), the bride-to-be, Trina & I stopped into Rolador on Beaumont St Hamilton for a late lunch.

The Wickham end of Beaumont St is still a little un-gentrified, but what they lack in a pretty village feel, they make up for in great coffee haunts, quirky cafes and decent pubs that all feel a little industrial, eclectic and decidedly Novocastrian. Rolador is just that.

pic via Caravan Handmade's Photostream on Flickr

It’s interior is funkified urban art meets industrial edge. The waiters are young, tattooed & pierced and they play funky old school music and make fresh, wholesome but simple food.

wall art

They do all-day breakfast, so even though it’s 2pm, Trina the expectant-Mum-to-be indulges her egg-cravings and orders The Rolador Big Breakfast which surprisingly doesn’t come with eggs! But she orders those scrambled on the side, with sourdough toast, avocado, grilled haloumi cheese, mushrooms & spinach.

The Big Brekkie

Gracie goes for one of their lunch specialties; the chicken burrito, which she orders with her first of 3 coffees for the day (!) and a icy fresh juice. The burrito is served with avocado & salsa and I must admit I’m a little jealous; it looks divine!

Chicken Burrito

I order something on the light side; the Haloumi salad with poached chicken. It’s filled with rocket, cucumber, char-grilled capsicum and the most delicious little soybeans which are little heavenly bursts of joy when you eat them! It’s also tossed with a light vinaigrette which has a hint of sour (lime?) and sweet (orange juice?). I also have an espresso (first try of Di Bella coffee beans and it’s good) and a Lychee, Apple & Mint icy. Yum!

Haloumi & Poached Chicken Salad
Lychee, Apple & Mint icy
Rolador Beaumont St Entrance

Rolador | 1 Beaumont St, Hamilton NSW 2303 |  02 4969 1786

Published by thisismelly

Mel @thisismelly lives a life of adventure, gets lost in farmer’s markets, regularly indulges in movies, loves to whip up gourmet meals in the kitchen, swears that one day she will learn to speak French properly, adores candles and fresh flowers, married her high school sweetheart, visited 19 countries and counting, fears an apocalyptic rage-virus, regularly spoils her cavoodle Harley, loves walking along the harbour, is decorated with ink, muddles her right & left, seasonally switches between blonde and brunette, has soul-mates, favours painted nails & dangly earrings, always orders the 'plateau de fromages', is obsessed with British or Scandinavian crime fiction, detests creepy-crawlies & people who take too long to order coffee, gives terrible directions, makes up crazy dances for her devilishly handsome husband, believes in good, would always be dressed in Saint Laurent, Gucci & Chloe if she could, adores Tex-Mex & Japanese, loves the smell of rain & evening jasmine, may be addicted to Instagram&Pinterest, is always on the hunt for a really good macchiato, is James Taylor’s biggest fan, gets rowdy with tequila, dreams every night, takes pickles, jalapeños & dried fruit for movie snacks, would hate a world without French champagne, adores Pantone 1765, almost always wishes she was lying on the sand in the sun, is an inconsistent Paleo convert and although she is a hopeless Francophile she will forever be smitten with Sydney.

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