The latest addition to the Paddington cafe/bar conglomeration has opened on Petrie Terrace and an enjoyable abode it is too.
Hops Scotch and Beans lurks in a darkened shop front just up from Palace Barracks and Caxton Street. They are open from early in the morning to late in the evening, serving breakfast to beer to the ever-ravenous Paddington brunchers. We headed there early for breakfast one Sunday before I needed to head to work, soon after they opened.
Hops Scotch and Beans has fine-food, healthy focus without going over the top. They roast their coffee on site and have local beers on tap. The breakfast menu has an interesting inclusion of vegetables – leek, celeriac, broccolini, grapes – and the breakfast wrap with eggs and bacon is just about the only ‘traditional’ item on the menu.
We sat outside, under an umbrella on the pavement. Our coffee and iced mocha came out quickly and were tasty. They do serve freshly pressed coffee over ice, which would have been perfect in the heat.
I ordered the purple sapphire potato and leek omelette with chevre, tomato raisin chutney and deli rye ($16.5, $4 extra for jamon). Husband had the chilli scrambled eggs with kale chips and rye ($14). With coffees our bill came to $38. The food was plentiful and tasty, no complaints at all. My omelette had a lot of filling and the bread it came with was really good!
The only problem we noticed with Hops Scotch and Beans was that their early popularity rather over-ran their ability to provide for it. The service itself was good, the coffee and food came out fast, we had no problems with that. But there weren’t quite enough seats for all the parties who came along. The summer heat was the problem. Our table could have fit 6, but only 2 of those seats were in the shade. The same problem on a couple of other tables. Fortunately, there is plenty of room inside. But I would recommend that if you were looking to have breakfast arrive early to secure a comfy spot in the summer months.
Hops Scotch and Beans in open each day except Mondays. I would like to visit again to try their beers and share plates before heading to a movie on a Friday night.