We first discovered The Graff Caff last year after a particularly tough session of badminton at the Dulwich Hill Badminton Club (a great club, by the way). We were enticed in by the colourful street art posted on the wall and the medals on their banner. Since that day, it’s become an old favourite of ours and every visit is as exciting as the first.
When we came back this time, we discovered that a few things had changed. It looks like they’ve dispensed with the bench seats and are going for more traditional café chairs and tables. One thing that hasn’t changed is the ever-amicable owner, Erich, behind the counter. Despite mixed reviews, we’ve always found him friendly and welcoming.
Since our last visit, it seems The Graff Caff has struck a deal with Kuvings juice. Though we didn’t get any this time, it was interesting to see them selling the juice in reusable glass sports bottles for $15 and juice refills for $7.50 when you give them this bottle.
I was curious about the ginger latte they had and was keen to compare it to the ginger latte that the Wollstonecraft Café sells. I found this interpretation to be much more authentic. This latte had a lot of tasty foam and a very creamy texture but what set it apart from the other was the inclusion of actual ginger pieces and turmeric. Being neither overly spicy nor overly sweet either, it was a great accompaniment for the meal and a hot day!
My Girlfriend ordered an Iced Chai Latte for her meal. We thought it didn’t really live up to the iced chai we had in Kiama (that one was pretty tough to beat). However, the Graff Caff’s chai was very refreshing. The milk had separated a bit though it had no effect on the taste. Definitely in the would-order-again category for my girlfriend.
The Graff Caff is famed for their baked goods, baked fresh in-house every day. We were keen to try their award-winning Vegan Pumpkin, Coriander & Chickpea Pie which won gold at the Sydney Royal Fine Food Show. Alas, word had gotten out and they were all gone when we got there. Instead we decided to order their Smoked Salmon Quiche with Dill & Asparagus, made especially to welcome the warmer seasons.
We were not disappointed by this alternative! The crust was light and fluffy and the egg was almost liquid. There was a generous amount of salmon and dill but I found the dill was balanced (usually not a fan of dill). Even my girlfriend, who usually hates quiches, was very complimentary about it.
For my main dish, I ordered the Green Breakfast Bowl, forgoing the extras on offer. Even without the trimmings, this was a formidable bowl of preserved carrot, seeds, mint, coriander, baby spinach, broccoli, brown rice and kale chips and half an avocado topped with asian style dressing. All the elements played together perfectly to create a satisfying and clean tasting meal.
We’ve always had really good experiences with rolls and burgers at the Graff Caff. The Turkish bread they use is on point; it’s got the perfect level of crustiness while remaining moist. This roll was topped with guacamole and vegan mayo.
The vegan sausage was well-seasoned and had a good texture to it. The greens and spring onions were also fresh and crunchy. Altogether, this made for really satisfying roll. The stuff from Suzy Spoon is always top-notch.
To round off our meal was an old favourite of ours: the Vegan Toffee Oatmeal Coffee. It doesn’t look like much but it’s probably our favourite cookie ever! It’s not too sweet or too dry and as you eat it more, it gives a bit to melt in your mouth. It’s basically the perfect cookie.
The Graff Caff is one of the most solid options in Dulwich Hill if you’re looking for a chill place to have lunch and eat creative and satisfying food. With a wide variety options for vegans and omnivores, we just can’t stop coming back!
Payment: Accepts cash or card ($5 minimum)