Molly’s Fresh Food & Stuff
Maroubra is a wonderful beach. It’s a great place to head for a lazy summer’s day or an exhilarating surf sans crowds, far away from the tourist throng of other more popular Eastern Beaches. And when you head for a post-surf breakfast in ‘The Bra’, many visitors wouldn’t expect to find somewhere flaunting the word ‘organic’ and spruiking Single Origin coffee or Brasserie Breads, but Maroubra is a world of surprises. Emma Malone’s Molly’s Fresh Food & Stuff on McKeon Street is definitely startling. It’s a little bit more ‘bo-ho’ than you’d expect from the tough image that this area has been bestowed, a little hippy gem in one of Sydney’s toughest suburbs and possibly a sign of Maroubra’s transition to poncy beach retreat.
Molly’s is a quaint little cafe, serving up first rate breakfast and lunch of the standard and style you’d expect to see on Crown Street in Surry Hills or Hall Street in Bondi. The integrity of the menu is testament to their desire to serve fresh organic food. I’m not sure whether o the Bra Boys head here for their bircher muesli fix, but they certainly should. It is a bloody good bircher, served with organic yoghurt and a generous helping of delicious berry compote. The BLT is fabulous too, served with ‘shop-made’ aioli and an organic fried egg (upon request). Notably, the bread makes a big difference here. It’s always fresh and toasted to perfection because nobody likes burnt toast.
The Perfect Breakfast, as described on the menu, is genuinely a perfect combination of vegetarian ingredients accompanied by a delicious soya quinoa toast; a definite highlight.
Although the menu heaves with the pretentious buzzwords that the trendier suburbs froth upon, the food is honest and tasty, and the organic and free range ingredients speak for themselves in flavour and quality. And while the service isn’t always forthcoming, I put this down to the relaxed vibe of the place, because when they do serve you they do it with genuine enthusiasm.
The coffee at Molly’s is a ‘Molly’s Blend’ Single Origin. It‘s expertly made, served with pride and is worth travelling for. It’s a far better post-surf caffeine fix than I normally get from the beach kiosk.
The bohemian vibe at Molly’s is ‘real’. It’s a good honest cafe that Maroubra should be proud of. The mismatched furniture and quirky details are not staged like a trendy Bondi cafe but a reflection of Molly’s desire to create a simple place offering basic (but tasty and wholesome) stuff.
So even if the surf is flat, it’s still worth making a special trip to Maroubra just to get your fix of Molly’s.
Molly’s Fresh Food & Stuff
Address: Shop 2, 25-29 McKeon St, Maroubra Beach
Phone: (02) 9315 5660
Open: Mon-Tue & Thu-Sat 7am-4pm Sun 8am-4pm
Cards: MasterCard, Visa and EFTPOS