Hooray for another Aussie cafe! Hole in the Wall adds some much-needed flair to the financial district, serving up coffee, breakfast, brunch, and lunch dishes until the kitchen closes at 4 pm. You can stay for another couple of hours after this munching on pastries and drinking beverages. All the scaffolding in the area hides the aptly named Hole in the Wall quite well. So watch out for their outdoor signs pointing you in the right direction.
Hole in the Wall serves food that’s both photo-worthy and delicious, matching the quality and vibe of other Aussie cafes around the city. Each dish is carefully crafted to consider both flavor and visual appeal, and they nail both.
You can order all the classic options: eggs, toasts, oatmeal, fruit, pancakes, etc. And luckily they do the classics really well. The avocado toast, a dish so overdone these days and often quite mediocre, stands out. Crusty bread, avocado, lemon, olive oil, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, red pepper flakes, and goat cheese. The ingredients are fresh and the flavors are spot on – it’s absolutely delicious.
The croissant is another example. Though they don’t make it themselves (who does), the one they serve is very good quality. Buttery, flaky, crispy, yet soft. Hole in the Wall values good quality.
If you want a little bit of everything, I’d recommend the breakfast board. It comes with the avocado toast, granola, and a croissant. Each one of them is small, but together it’s a decent size. The avocado toast and croissant are the same delicious ones described above. The granola is home made and comes with orange and yogurt panna cotta. The granola is pretty good, but nothing like the avocado toast and croissant that accompany it.
The acai bowl with coconut, home made granola, chia seeds, and seasonal fruit is another popular choice. It’s also quite beautiful. And if you want bacon with flare, you’ve got to try the hanging bacon jerky that comes hanging on what can only be described as a miniature clothes line with clothes pins.
Hole in the Wall has two locations: midtown and downtown. The midtown location is really just a tiny coffee shop. The downtown location has proper seating, both indoor and out. From the vibe and ambiance of the place, you would never think there was full table service, but there is. It’s super casual and laid back. You’ll never be rushed, but servers are always available if you need something. The staff is also very personable and friendly.
I’m happy to see this place thriving and they have plans to expand even more. Especially if you’re in FIDI, definitely go check it out. It’s one of the best, most innovative things around in an area with a total dearth of good options. Though I was disappointed to see vegemite missing from the menu, they have more than enough good stuff to make up for it!