Belle: Like its sister store Circa, Three Ropes Espresso is another hidden gem in the heart of Parramtta. Ando, B and I came here for a quick lunch on a Tuesday afternoon. Located in quiet Argyle Street, the cafe is not obvious from the street. It is only when you start walking past the store and turn into the alley way that you get the sense and feel of the cafe.
The store itself is quite small. On one side, it is allocated for their indoor diners which accommodates a handful of people. The other wall is taken up by the bench/kitchen/counter that faces a large window to create a hole-in-wall to face the alley to serve customers, mostly from the businesses in the Parramatta CBD.
The alley way is painted in a brown and bright yellow paint, with a mural painted near the window. Plastic pipes are used to construct a mini vertical garden and are placed around different sections of space.
The menu selection here is a lot smaller than the one at Circa. The menu is written on brown butcher paper and simply attached to the gabions located above the counter. There was only five different lunch items that were on offer during our visit, as it is their coffee that is the real winner here. They use Little Marrionette coffee beans here and it was perfect and strong in flavour [As at July 2013, Three Ropes use Umami House Blend]. We opted for our usual Large Soy Latte ($4).
For our lunch we ordered the Avocado on Sourdough with Sea Salt and Cracked Pepper + Lemon Oil ($8).
Silverbeet Sandwich with Sourdough, Feta, Gouda and Parmesan ($9), which was my favourite!
Poached Chicken Panini with Avocado, Tomato, Gouda Cheese and Aioli ($9) which actually was served with sourdough bread.
Three Ropes Espresso is a great place to grab a good cup of coffee and a quick lunch. Or a sweet pastry which all looked so tempting behind the class counter.
10a Darcy Street, Parramatta NSW 2150
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 6.30am – 3.30pm