A recent Sunday breakfast had us venturing to check out Marrickville’s newest kid on the block, LABLD café and grocer, on the corner of Illawarrra and Sydenham Road.
Set up in the former Con’s convenience store, LABLD is a café and grocer that embodies our diverse community. It’s the brainchild of Benjamin Terkalas and Kabir Sayed – two Sydney hospitality veterans. Terkalas is the man behind the coffee, having formerly established Marrickville favourites, Beejays Coffee Bar and the Tuckshop on Livingstone Road and was once titled the youngest café owner in Sydney. Kabir has many years experience within the Sydney hospitality scene and was the former head chef at the Dove and Olive. During his tenure there, The Urban List voted Dove & Olive in the Top 10 of The Best Roasts In Sydney.
You’ll find a big communal table where families and singles alike feel at home and for those on the run, there is the option of filling a glass jar to take-away. It has a great feel with a clean scandi – industrial style fit out and a passionate team.
Here’s what Ben and Kabir told us about their newest Inner West Address:
What is the inspiration behind Labld? “Whilst we’ve both been in the hospitality industry for several years, this is our first venture together. We want to serve food that we are passionate about, that we love to our community, and LABLD is our opportunity to do that.”
What can Inner Westies expect to be served? “Our food is Asian-inspired, think Himalayan-style Momo’s, Pandan pancakes and brecky Birds Nests and shockingly-good Sunday lamb roasts! We have kombucha, fresh milk, coconut water and Nitro Brew – bubbling cold coffee infused with nitrogen – all served on tap.
In collaboration with our long-time friends, The Little Marionette’s House Blend is highlighted as the daily grind, and we have guest roasters from across Australia and abroad showcase their skills on a weekly basis.”
LABLD is also a grocer, what sort of produce can we expect to see here? “We have opened our shelves to local producers and artisans who wish to display their wares and you will find all your daily essentials. We are passionate about sustainably sourced produce and want to showcase what is from our very own local community. Expect to find ethical meats from Feather and Bone, beautiful baked goods from Brickfield, Pepe Saya butter, Maya Sunny honey, Rainy Lane cold pressed juice, a range of Drunken Sailor jams and relishes, just to name a few.”
Tell us about the name LABLD: “We believe LABLD encompasses what we are all about – that is doing what we do, and putting it on our customer’s plates and in our drinks, using great produce from our awesome suppliers, it’s about their labels supporting us to do this.”
Our verdict: We’ve put LABLD up there, on par with the best in the Inner West. Ben and Kabir have stepped it up a level and are giving us something different. Don’t expect plain old, same same from this Inner West Address, expect a visual and taste bud tantalising feast. We found it hard to just pick one dish each so you’ll likely find us back, regularly eating our way through the menu.
Blake and Annika