Social Hideout, Parramatta
A cosy brunch spot tucked away in Sydney’s West
Located 2a/20 Victoria Rd, Parramatta NSW 2150
There is a simplicity in the joy of catching up with an old friend — it is a simplicity reflected in the ease of laughter, closeness, honesty and the intimacy of catching up with someone you have known for a long time. And The Social Hideout is the perfect backdrop for such a catch up. It has a close, intimate feel to it; tucked away from the rest of the hustle and bustle of Parramatta. It’s hidden in a quiet courtyard along Church Street, past the Parramatta River.
The Social Hideout started at the beginning of this year and already has a steadfast following. It’s busy and the wait staff are always on the go, yet always friendly and ready to help, and, paradoxically the atmosphere still feels light, calm, casual, cosy and quiet. As we talked, weaving through the comings and goings of major and minor things in our lives, I mulled over how appropriate this setting is for our friendship — it‘s the little things that make it so. There, every now and then, our eyes caught on the little ornaments, the vibrant seat cushions, genteel place settings and table decor that seemed fit for a garden party.
We were on board with one of the local favourites, the Hayne Plane. The Hayne Plane arrived with an assorted deconstruction of brunch favourites — turkey, avocado, spinach, smoked salmon, free range eggs, tomato, mushrooms and sourdough. ‘Deconstruction’ was the key emphasis here — the generous helpings of all the toppings allowed us to customise our servings and was a perfect size to share between two. The ingredients blended perfectly — simple, wholesome, substantial and healthy.
Next, we moved on to the Nutella and Banana Hotcakes to satiate our sweet tooth. On several levels, this dish was larger than life — gargantuan in proportion with rich volcanic helpings of nutella and maple syrup. The three tiers of pancakes were adorned with dollop upon dollop of nutella, topped with ice cream, floating on a moat of maple syrup. This was a brilliant way to finish off our brunch, tapping into the fond childhood memories of Nutella.
“The three tiers of pancakes were adorned with dollop upon dollop of nutella, topped with ice cream, floating on a moat of maple syrup.”
Juices have become a staple with brunch and to compliment our dishes, we chose the Green Shrek (with kale, apple, spinach, celery, lemon). Fresh, cleansing, and, as neither of us were avid fans of celery, unexpectedly delicious. Goes to show that, much like our beloved ogre pal, there are also many layers to this as well. We thoroughly enjoyed this drink — it had piquant and well balanced flavour, with no ingredient overpowering the other. Definitely left us wanting a second helping. The Morning Glory juice (with mango, peach, passionfruit) was a charming drink — light, refreshing and sweet with a strong emphasis on mango. This was a fruity drink that cleansed the palate.
“The Morning Glory juice (with mango, peach, passionfruit) was a charming drink — light, refreshing and sweet with a strong emphasis on mango.”
And last but not least, a much needed cup of Long Black coffee to kick start our Sunday. The coffee was strong and served with a side of milk, and give us the much needed morning buzz.
Throughout the meal our conversation flowed, and by the end, we still did not want to leave; the warm atmosphere, the amazing food, left us wanting a second helping, even though we were left more than satisfied. This cafe is definitely one we will return to and there are still so many dishes left to try: The Bad Boy burger, Avocado Smash and Pizza Omelette. All in all, it was a perfect way for us to start our morning!
Princess Fiona and Sherry Lane dined as guests.