West Juliett is a neighborhood cafe tucked away on the back streets of Marickville. There’s no overt signage, just a scrawl on the door in pen and the building itself, a corner shop is painted in plain understated colours. It’s as if West Juliett is trying to remain hidden. But this cafe isn’t getting away with being invisible, because there is a tell tale crowd milling about daily that signposts a foodie destination.
Big queues are no surprise on the weekends in Sydney as brunch and lunch have become the new ‘dining out’ but Juliett is bucking the trend by closing on Sundays and instead are attracting huge numbers on weekdays. It can be extremely difficult to sit down and eat here, so if you are a mother with hungry kids try and get there early or in the mid afternoon after the craziness has subsided!
The understated theme continues inside with no pictures, polished concrete floors, plain walls and wood. This is a serious no chintz zone. Any visual display has a function and the decoration is provided by the food itself.
The counter is laden with home baked goodies, cookies and classic favourites such as brownies, carrot cake and flourless orange cake in ‘two bite’ sized portions. These are the perfect size for little ones to munch on. There is also coffee, homemade jams and marmalade for sale to take home which provide visual interest on the shelves. Surfaces are hard and the sound levels when busy can be a bit much, however the yelps of loud kids will be masked by the general cacophony, so there is a plus. The street outside is relatively quiet traffic wise so if you are planning a quiet conversation grab a table outside in the sun.
The grain fed, stacked burgers and lunch dishes are inspiring a loyal following amongst the locals because portions are generous and the food is sourced and prepared with care. There is an emphasis on the healthy with inventive salads and sandwiches. Although this is a foodie cafe there are plainer child friendly options on the menu, such as little milkshakes and smoothies and pastas and boiled eggs and soldiers.
There’s no designated play area for kids, but Juliett has become the go to place for local mums in the morning and is well worth braving the crowds!