One by one the wharves of Sydney have been converted from industrial areas to apartments, offices, hotels and restaurant enclaves. Woolloomooloo’s finger wharf is teeming with swanky restaurants along the western boardwalk as well as hotel and apartments above. It’s even home to Russell Crowe. Walsh Bay’s wharf precinct is more residential and cultural with a light scattering of restaurants and bars and down at Pyrmont Bay you have a mix of cutting edge office space, residents and a few places to eat.
Not too far away is Jones Bay Wharf where you’ll find the oh-so-swanky Flying Fish and the much more relaxed Cafe Morso. On a recent visit we decided to stop in for a quick coffee in the gorgeous, lofty, air-conditioned space … a brief escape from the heat and humidity outside.
The mod-Oz menu sounded good enough, but we weren’t here for lunch, just a caffeine injection. Sitting outside you can see all the retained machinery from when this was once a working wharf, views over the water to East Balmain and inside it’s a mixture of old and new. A massive chandelier dominates the room and a red vinyl bench runs the length of the timber-slatted wall. Very nice set-up.
Coffee-wise, the Karmee blend is fairly-well made. Not fantasic. Not terrible.