August 9, 2009 by doyouwanttostayforbreakfast
When the morning starts with a nun driving a white laser mounting the curb, driving into and destroying a pot plant before driving off again you know its going to be a good day. The best part about breakfast on Smith St is Smith St itself, it’s an eclectic mix of the gritty (Grace Darling), the cool (Kent St) and the scary (Safeway). With this blend comes the free entertainment provided to you if you choose to breakfast on the footpath, aside from the runaway nun we were delighted by an entertaining child trying to ride 2 scooters (one for each foot) and one of my companions (codename The Body) being hit on by a lovely and quite taken young man.
I am going to take this opportunity to have a small rant about the impending death of Smith St. A few weeks ago I read an article in the Age declaring Smith St the new cool place to be. Such statements mean that unfortunately within the next 3-4 years rents in Smith St will triple and it will lose all of its gritty glory. So I suggest you get down there before it is overrun by real estate opportunists.
Smith St doesn’t wake up until about 1pm, so if you arrive at 10am like we did you will have your choice of seats and excellent service. Bebida is an unassuming place which captures it’s old world, cheap Spanish aesthetic brilliantly. Garlands of plastic flowers line the windows, and various depictions of matadors line the walls and chairs hang precariously from the ceiling.
I like Bebida, it doesn’t have food that will blow you away but it is unique and tasty, the service is great and the staff are lovely. You can also play Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit or a variety of other games if your breakfast turns into lunch and late afternoon coffee as ours did. A quick wrap on the food, I had the Belgian Waffles with fruit and natural yoghurt which was yummy and exactly as you’d expect them to be. Both The Body and The Rockstar had the Bebida Burrito, eggs in a tortilla with avocado, tomato, red onion, coriander and lime concasse.
As a side note, I have a quite well known ability to turn a regular outing into something which is awkward for everyone and today I managed to achieve this by taking photos in the toilet. You can see why it would be awkward, but I had no choice, Bebida has a very cool toilet in bright yellow and blue with a collection of old record covers stuck to the back of the door which are very entertaining and were crying out to be photographed (picture 1).
And, do we want to stay for breakfast – definitely, especially if we get as much street entertainment next time.
Ratings (out 0f 10):
- Overall 9
- Atmosphere 9.5
- Service 9.5
- Food 8
- Coffee(rated by The Body & The Rockstar) 8