Toongabbie Cafe Reviews — The Blend Cafe
The Blend has renovated and relocated to 20 Portico Parade!
As a self-confessed coffee addict, that will go out of his way to find a good coffee, this is far by some of the best coffee I have ever had. I don’t take that statement lightly. You can tell Greg went out of his way to find some of the most unique blends of coffee I have ever seen. Depending on how much you want to sleep at night you will have to adjust the type of beans you are to consume.
- ‘Bright Angel’ is a full flavour blend and has just a little of a caffeine hit.
- New coffee blend of the month (strength is unknown).
- ‘Mammoth bean’ this is the normal coffee that will wake you up before you can say “Bing”
- ‘Dark Angel’ Warning this will keep you awake all day and well into the night!
- Work in progress. He is working on an even stronger coffee, but I’m not sure if it is legal.
I would have to say their mocha is second only to Max Brenner in Blacktown, and will go down well with one of their unique desserts. I am reluctant to give any Cafe five stars for its coffee but this one takes the cake, 5/5 stars.
You won’t find a light range of tasty treats within 3 km of Toongabbie like this. The flavours and ingredients Greg uses are something you would find in Newtown not in Toongabbie. If you want a toasted ham and cheese sandwich that is truly tasty, you have no choice but to try one.
I would have to say their signature dish is their smoked salmon toastie that ends with a “zang” flavour. You will know what I mean when you try it. I’m giving the food 4/5 stars.
The inside and outside and Décor
Outside you will notice a small patch of Astroturf and wood furniture. As you walk in inside you will be greeted by red carpet and a new world of Steam Punk Art. Greg is the kind of artist that likes new technology mix with the old world, and possibilities of what could have been. He is also very inspired by science fiction which trickles throughout the Cafe. I will admit it’s a bit of a squeeze and the furniture isn’t the most comfortable in the world, but it adds to the experience.
I wouldn’t bother bringing any reading material as the blend Cafe has plenty of it. Even some of it from the 1950s. The blend always has the latest newspapers, but the art books he has scattered throughout the joint that are the most interesting. The blend also has lots of novelties and board games to keep you entertained for hours.
The staff and the vibe
The staff are fun, interesting and artistic. You never know how random the conversation will go, and they are always happy to make people feel like they are a long lost relative.
There’s quite a funky atmosphere at the blend with 1950s music and the scenery to match. The blend Is the place that you can choose to stay inside the Time Capsule, or relax outside and watch the hustle of train commuters go by.
I have heard people say “this cafe belongs in Newtown” but I disagree, this is exactly what Toongabbie needs and judging by the response, more of. Greg also has plans to paint the bus stop adjacent to his Cafe which would also add to the attraction and the scenery in the area. I believe the blend cafe is starting to have an influence on Toongabbie and bring the community together. If you are looking at living in the area. I recommend you pop in for lunch to get a feel for how friendly people in Toongabbie are. Overall I give this cafe 5/5 stars because it does what all great cafes do. Provide a great place to relax and connect with people over coffee.
About Jhai Mitchell
Jhai is an award winning Internet Marketing Real Estate Agent for Elders Toongabbie and Kings Langley. After running his own internet marketing business he has now set his own sites for the real estate industry. He observed that 90% of real estate agents did not know how to market themselves online. Jhai is now fixed on one goal. To teach real estate agents that they can market online so much better than they currently are.
Since then he has been consistently quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald and Real Estate Business online. He is a regular guest blogger on TheHomePage.com.au, sharing his expertise of marketing aspects for the Real Estate Industry. His biggest passions are his wife, martial arts, dogs and most of all property.