The best thing about your favourite coffee shop closing down? A new and improved shop opens. One that becomes the standard for all coffee shops.
Sails opened up in 2016 and has been going from strength to strength. After my recent introduction to the world of coffee through Coffee Interchange, I now know what to look out for.
The thing that stood out to me is consistency. No matter what time of day, nor what day, the coffee was always the same. And that is something really hard for shops to maintain. There are some places that change flavours based on time of day and to be honest, because the barista is tired or lazy but not here. Anthony has a focus on the attention to detail that is immeasurable. He has everything itemised and tabulated and he knows what settings yield the best result.
Interestingly, Anthony did ask me to choose between two blends and I told him that I enjoyed one over the other and that the other one could be toned down.
I know that I, personally, hate it when someone tells me how to do my job. Especially when not asked and given a directive that is wrong.
But Anthony asked. And I provided my feedback.
The next time, he had listened. That alone made me sit up and notice.
So when they decided to launch a food service alongside their coffee, I knew a blog post was brewing.
The moment I waited for had arrived. I got to taste their big breakfast creation.
First of all, they didn’t go overboard. Usually, big breakfasts make you feel like you have to shovel the food down your throat. Literal shovel. Sails was having none of that.
Instead it was the right spread of food and coffee that you knew would leave you feeling satisfied long after the meal was done.
First off, the eggs were cooked just the way I love them. They were runny yet firm and filled the bread perfectly. The bacon and tomatoes were cooked just right – the bacon was soft yet crispy on the outside and the tomatoes were not too mushy. The mushrooms were sauteed perfectly and the hash brown matched the bacon in its consistency. But what make this one stand apart? Well – the use of freshly smashed avocadoes. That. Just that, was perfect in itself. There aren’t many places in Docklands that add avocados to their breakfast meals and this hit the spot. I wasn’t a fan of their balsamic dressing and found that it overpowered the meal a little and they did mention that they were toying with different variants of the meal and would take it into consideration.
And you know what – I can’t wait to go in there and try some more of it!
If you’re in the area, make sure that you don’t go past this place.