Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Social Stigma Unwrapped and Three Ropes Espresso, Parramatta

This post is a little bit of a rant, the articulation of my minds inner dialogue and a review of a charming cafe called Three Ropes Espresso.


I hate to think of myself as spoilt but my life situation speaks for itself. I live in a beautiful and affluent city, in a privileged and safe country. As much as my teenage self would of been convinced I was hard done by with 'evil' strict parents who always insisted I could never be home late or have friends over, being older and 'wiser' has certainly changed my perspective on life.

Living in Sydney's North Shore, you are spoilt for choice; from specialty grocery stores to boutique bakeries run by ex French Patisserie Chefs, you are overwhelmed with fresh high quality food and produce. Moving to North Parramatta earlier this year, I was afraid I would be giving up my comfortable existence and entering a world completelty different from everything I had known... A little bit dramatic or what?

It is so easy to judge. Perhaps even easier when you consider yourself above that which you are judging. But I am sorry North Shore, your world is not much different from that of the West. Public transport to the city by train takes just as long as a train from Gordon. Parramatta Westfeild is on par if not better then Chatswoods shopping district. And as my experience over the past three months of Parramatta's food scene have shown me, fine dining and stylish food are just as existent here as they were in Lane Cove.

I no longer care about my postcode. Especially being someone of my young age. Do youths living in expensive suburbs not realise they have no bragging rights? It is your parents that are paying off that ridiculous mortgage, not you. Shut up, go to uni and actually make something of yourself, buy your own house and then you may brag.

My uninformed opinion regarding Parramatta before I moved here was that it was a place of centrelink bludgers, ethnic ghettos and bikie gangs. Again a little bit dramatic. After working in a medical center in Lane Cove, I can safely say that the people in Parramatta are just as diverse as the people living in a more wealthy area. Maybe growing up and attending good schools and socialising with a small group, I never opened my eyes to see the array of social problems that the North Shore contains.

After seeing all of this I wondered why the people of Parramatta have never opened their mouths and fought back against this ridiculous stereotype against them. But now I realise they just don't care. The people here are happy living with in their comfortable and abundant world without the rest of Sydney knowing about it. Perhaps they don't want to share their beautiful heritage building, bike and running trails along the river and trendy cafe's and restaurants.

This brings me to the real topic of this post- Three Ropes Espresso in Parramatta. Finding this place was exciting for me. Not only because of the challenge of locating its existence down a little ally way (think Melbourne ally way food scene), but because my experience there was one of pure delight.

Located in a clean and light filled ally, you are presented with two dark brick walls; one lined with cream pipes containing petite shrubs and the other containing the square hole that opens up the ally way to the delight of Three Ropes Espresso within. There are only 3 or so tables inside the cosy cafe, with another 5 or so outside along the ally. The crisp Autumn morning influenced us to sit outside; we were welcomed by small dainty stools and wooden tables with an Ace playing card as our table number. I ordered the poached eggs on sourdough with homemade pesto and a small skim cappuccino. The coffee was beautiful. Sweet without the need for sugar and smooth enough for generous sipping. My eggs were poached, nearly perfectly, and accompanied by a dense pesto with flavours that exploded in your mouth as only the freshest pesto can do. Although I am not a bread fan the sourdough was lovely and I thought it perfect that the meal only came with one slice, because honestly that was all you need. Rocket accompanied the eggs, finishing the perfect breakfast that I will no doubt be recreating at home. William ordered a regular cappuccino and the breakfast plate. The Breakfast Plate was served in a mini omelet pan, and contained spicy chorizo, tomatoes, two poached eggs and feta. He also enjoyed it, loving the flavours of the dish with his eggs poached to perfection. However the serving size was probably a little too small for him and his big appetite.


















Apart from the beautiful food and coffee the atmosphere was very welcoming and comforting. The barista's were charming and helpful; with the patrons exerting a proud little community feel about this hidden treasure. This appeared a real hotspot for an after gym coffee or a catch up breakie with the girls. This place is better suited for small groups of two or three due to the space constraints but this only adds to the intimate atmosphere that is so becoming of the place. I will hopefully be brunching here again soon for sure!

Three Ropes Espresso is located in 10a Darcy St, Parramatta and is open for Breakfast/Brunch and coffee.

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