This hidden gem deep in the heart of North Annandale was formerly an old corner store. The building was bought in 2006 by Rodney Jones who set about renovating the terrace largely by hand. The interior décor is a little erratic with street art-inspired screens mixed with Italian-style frescos and antique shelving complete with trundling library ladder. Once the food arrives, though, we have eyes for little else.
The big breakfast is a thing of wonder: a veritable feast of house-made baked beans, mushrooms, bacon and pork sausage topped with two baked eggs, served in a cast iron pan. Ay caramba. Starring alongside the breakfast is ‘flavoured oil' - Revolver's riff on chimmi churri – a herbaceous mix of lime and garlic that cuts through the bacon grease and should be applied liberally to anything within reach.
Lunch options give breakfast a run for its money. The cheeseburger is straight out of New York - heavy on the meat and pickles and light on the green stuff. Wash it down with an old fashioned milkshake, and you'll be left in a delicious limbo between a food coma and a sugar high for the rest of the day. Speaking of highs, not only do Revolver brew an excellent cup of coffee, but the café also has its own mini decaf grinder for those who like the flavour without the subsequent buzz.
It can be hard to get a table at Revolver on the weekend and during the week is little better: the café is a stronghold of yummy mummies with ergonomic strollers and eco-friendly toys in tow. It has clearly won the hearts and minds of the discerning inner-west breakfaster with a combination of good service, great coffee, and generous portions.