Way back at the end of June, The Local Mbassy opened up in Ultimo, a neighborhood sorely lacking in good cafes. Just a week after it opened, the younger colleagues in the office went there for a catch up after an old colleague had returned after trying out another job the previous year. It’s a rather small cafe on a street corner, replete with exposed and polished concrete walls that feature oversized silhouettes and drawings.
The back wall behind the counter is decorated in a series of pipes (which crawls up and around the ceiling) that support wooden benches featuring antique decorations.
There’s a good variety of dishes on the menu, ranging from lighter dishes to full meals. I opt for the Mushroom and Cheese Bruschetta ($11) with lemon thyme, parmesan and a light salad, drizzled with balsamic vinegar.
I was quite surprised by the amount of green and purple on my bruschetta when it came out and was concerned that it might taste too much like a salad. I needn’t have worried — the salad was not obtrusive and provided some textural variation to the bruschetta. And it’s as I had hoped, the mushrooms and cheese are the stars of the dish. The mushrooms are plentiful and warm, which provided a good contrast to the cool salad. The sourdough was grilled to a give a delicious crunch. And the cheese? The cheese brought everything together into a tasty dish.
With Local Mbassy the cafe scene around Ultimo is looking up!
Local Mbassy is located at 310 Wattle St, Ultimo NSW 2007.