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Danks St Depot – Spreets offer

November 8, 2011

(This post is super late! But I just wanted to quickly post about the Danks St Depot breakfast deal I got from Spreets a few months ago, as I noticed it was back on again!)

Danks St Depot

Danks St Depot is a veritable institution of the inner city suburb of Waterloo. Though the suburb may once have been infamous for its proliferation of housing estates, Waterloo has definitely undergone a period of urban renewal in the past decade. These days, Danks street in particular has got a cool mix of reclaimed commercial/industrial spaces fused with a vibrant cafe and food culture. Besides Danks St Depot, you’ll also find a Sonoma bakery, the very first Fratelli Fresh (with its requisite Café Sopra on top) and… a Hillsong! Talk about a broad mix!

I’d been to Danks St Depot (both the Waterloo branch, and the airport branch) a few times in the past, but couldn’t resist getting the Spreets coupon: $27 for breakfast for 2. Although I did really enjoy the food the last time I’d been, it isn’t the cheapest place. Jared Ingersoll is a well known advocate of sustainable, locally grown and ethical eating – the chicken sandwich ($18) on Danks St Depot’s menu for example features organic chicken, biodynamic eggs, non GMO-free oil and bread from our favourite artisan bakers, Brasserie Bread! All of this great stuff is of course reflected in a slightly higher price than you may expect at your local cafe… and plus it’s a damn good sanga.

Danks St Depot

The Spreets deal allowed you to choose any egg dish from Danks St Depot’s normal breakfast menu – quite generous as a normal egg dish runs for around $18, plus a share plate between 2. During the time of my deal, the share plate was roasted Corella pears with labneh, roasted walnuts and honey, though I’ve noticed they’ve changed this to the more seasonal mango.

Danks St Depot
Roasted Corella pears with labneh, roasted walnuts and local honey

Such a pretty dish. Sometimes I like these coupon deals, because they make you order things that you wouldn’t have ordinarily haha. The pears were wonderfully sweet, and still retained a bit of its crispness. It was balanced nicely with the tart labneh (a kind of yoghurt cheese) and torn mint leaves – the drizzle of honey keeping it from being too sour.

As a table of 4, we managed to order a few options between us.

Danks St Depot
Slow cooked broccoli and eggs

My mum and I both got the slow cooked broccoli and eggs – I thought the broccoli was lovely and soft. I didn’t really taste the white wine and chilli it is apparently cooked with though. The sheeps milk feta brought a welcome hit of salt to the mild broccoli, and the eggs were lovely and just set. I am always a fan of Brasserie Bread sourdough, and this time is no exception.
Danks St Depot
Creamed Eggs with Truffle oil

My dad ordered the creamed eggs with truffle oil – it doesn’t seem like much on the plate, but I found the eggs to be quite rich, so I don’t know if I would have been able to eat much more than that. The eggs definitely had the taste of truffle, but weren’t quite as creamy in texture as I expected them to be (actually, if you see a photo of the same dish my friend ordered at the airport branch, you can see the eggs appear much more creamy). Nevertheless this was still quite tasty.

Danks St Depot
Poached eggs with bacon hash

Poached eggs with bacon hash was my brother’s – and he was very pleased by the hunks of bacon on his plate. No pansy rashers in this dish! This also comes in a silverbeet version, which is still lovely and hearty, but not quite as heavy.

Everyone really enjoyed their meals, but the richness of some of the dishes led us all to agree that this is definitely a once in a while breakfast treat.

Service was friendly and attentive, even though the place was bustling (as it is on most weekends). We didn’t have to wait very long for our meals, though unfortunately I have heard other bloggers didn’t have quite as nice an experience. If you purchased the recent Spreets coupon, I would suggest you book via email asap – as the spaces for Spreets members are limited and the weekends filled up quite quickly. We had to book quite a few weeks in advance to get a weekend. But if you’re willing to take that chance I thought the deal was really good value!

Happy eating!

Danks St Depot
1/2 Danks Street,
Waterloo NSW 2017

ph: 61 2 9698 2201

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2011 7:36 am

    The wait was a pain but dessert kinda made it up for it 🙂

    • November 9, 2011 9:28 am

      aw that’s good to hear! sad the rest of your experience was a bit disappointing though!

  2. November 9, 2011 8:15 am

    The poached eggs with bacon hash would def be my choice. Looks awesome!
    I have noticed that with a lot of the spreets deals I have got frmo other restaurants. If you phone for an ormal reservation, they’ll take you no problem but when you mention the voucher, its suddenly booked up.

    • November 9, 2011 9:26 am

      That’s so true. I think most restaurants set a fixed number of coupon guests they will book per session. Which kind of makes sense, I don’t think most places make a great deal of money from them (unless people order extras)

  3. November 9, 2011 8:50 am

    Yum, this looks very cool…great photos as always 🙂

  4. November 9, 2011 9:22 am

    I’m tempted to get this voucher, but for me breakfast tends to be spur of the moment. Food looks great though…I like Jared Ingersoll;s approach to food.

    • November 9, 2011 9:27 am

      yeah if it’s just me & the bf it’s spur of the moment… but it’s such a debacle getting the whole family out of the house for a meal together that in our case a booking worked well haha

  5. November 9, 2011 3:45 pm

    wow the breakfast looks great! i dont think ill ever wake up early enough to make it though

    • November 14, 2011 5:48 pm

      haha aw puffi! brunch is my favourite meal of the day!

  6. November 15, 2011 8:19 am

    everything looks great but i get where you’re coming from about the richness, but its so nice to treat yourself once in a while and what time is better then breakfast, where you should be eating like a king 🙂

  7. November 18, 2011 7:38 am

    Roasted Corella pears with labneh, roasted walnuts and local honey

    that looks like something interesting i wouldnt mind trying!

    Nice seeing you again a fortnight ago 🙂 hope you had fun at the 30th

  8. November 24, 2011 5:08 pm

    I love Dank St Depot! Kinda wishing I had bought the recent Spreets voucher but don’t want to go if a lot of people will be there :/ yummy bacon hash w/ gooey yolk 😀

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