Danks St Depot – Spreets offer
(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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Danks St Depot
1/2 Danks Street,
Waterloo NSW 2017
ph: 61 2 9698 2201