Just 1oo metres from the Royal Randwick Racecourse, it's no wonder Stable Talk is a favourite haunt for the local jockeys, stablehands and race day regulars. The rustic fit-out perfectly reflects the location and clientele, with remnants of its history in the old stable yard styled decor.
The food at Stable Talk is hearty, flavoursome and reliably well crafted. You won't find hipster nonsense here, instead just a solid good feed made with love by a team of staff who know what they're doing (okay, we still love hipster nonsense too).
Weekdays see return visits from loyal local regulars, some of whom reportedly walked past for months before making the sensible decision to try the cafe out, now visit every week and have never looked back.
Come race day and Stable Talk becomes a popular spot for a champagne breakfast and stomach-lining feed before a big day out. Rumour has it that they'll soon be offering a race day special of free bubbles with every morning main meal for racecourse-goers - keep an eye out.
With a jampacked all-day breakfast and lunch menu, there is surely something for everyone.
Plump, fresh and not overly creamed or salted, the corn fritters are some of the corniest we have tried in Sydney. With a generous serve of smashed avo and two perfectly poached eggs on top, this is an immensely satisfying brunch dish. Throw in some sides of haloumi or chorizo ($4 each) if you're feeling decadent. The haloumi in particular is strongly recommended...
Stable Talk also plays strong in the burger game. We've heard people claim they've eaten some of their best burgers there. The patties are 100% wagyu beef, cooked perfectly, thick and juicy and full of flavour. Happy to see they don't skip the beetroot and salad, unlike many popular burger venues these days.
There's a nod to the owner's Greek heritage in dishes such as the lamb souvlaki plate ($22) that comes with pita bread, chips, salad and homemade tzatziki. What a tzatziki. They strain their Greek yoghurt to make it extra creamy before using it to make the dip and it is delish.
This is a no fuss, down to earth, friendly cafe that focuses on the food and delivers fabulous, hearty fare to a varied clientele. The stable themed decor is handcrafted and sets the mood well, and there is a great space out the back for groups or parties. We hear they are soon to open up at night time for drinks and dinner - the space is just asking for a night time crowd; keep your ear out.
Stable Talk Cafe is at 126 Anzac Parade, Kensington, open daily for breakfast and lunch. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for details of their upcoming night trading.