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Brewtown Newtown, Newtown

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There are few things worse than being out­doors on a 40-degree day. And that’s espe­cially so, when the altern­at­ive is air-con­di­tion­ing set at a brisk 20 degrees. Summer feels so long ago, but back in mid-January, it was the last chance for K, H and I to have lunch before K returned to Indonesia. So I braved the heat — K and H thrive on the heat — and we were off to Brewtown Newtown.

Brewtown Newtown serves a mod­ern Australian brunch menu, pastries and cof­fee in an indus­tri­al interi­or. There’s no air-con­di­tion­ing, but there are high ceil­ings with fans and exposed brick walls that cool the space down some­what.

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To cool down, I start with an Egyptian Rose Iced Tea ($6). From afar, the sign on the chalk­board looked like Egyptian Rice Iced Tea — which I would’ve got it any­way, although rose did make more sense. I had my reser­va­tions about its arti­fi­ci­al­ity when I saw its intensely red col­our, but it turns out to be a very fra­grant nat­ur­al rose fla­vour. It’s not too flor­al, and the lem­on slice cuts through the sweet­ness for a refresh­ing tea.

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I didn’t feel like any­thing too heavy in the hot weath­er, so I opt for the House Made Chickpea & Quinoa Falafel ($14) with egg­plant pur­ee, tomato, asparagus, tahini dress­ing, sumac, pista­chios and dukkah. This was one very tasty and well-seasoned salad (although it was miss­ing the asparagus). The falafel weren’t dry at all with just enough tex­ture to go well with the egg­plant pur­ee and tahini dress­ing. I even liked the toma­toes, which I always prefer uncooked, as they gave deli­cious pops of sweet tangy fla­vour to the dish.

Brewtown Newtown is some­where I’d return to if I’m in the mood for mod­ern Australian food.

Brewtown Newtown is loc­ated at 6 – 8 O’Connell St, Newtown NSW 2042.