Coffee and a Cut at unique cafe

An exclusive concept for Western Sydney is now found in Rouse Hill, where you can get a great coffee while waiting for a haircut and or shave.  Unfortunately the Barber is just for the guys, but the coffee is for everyone, serving up Pablo and Rusty’s blends from qualified baristas in this rustic yet trendy atmosphere.

Pablo and Rusty's cappuccino, latteCreated by brothers Shaun and Brenden Vengoa, and opened since September 2014, Blends and Brothers brings quite a distinctive café to the Rouse Hill Town Centre. Barber Brenden and his brother Shaun came up with the idea of an espresso bar in an Authentic Barber Shop so that guys can have a quick coffee while waiting for their hair cut. However from there it grew into the café which replicates something of the culture of rural Italy combined with the style of 1920’s London – even down to the old school telephone that reminds you of its vintage every time it rings. The relaxed mood and sense of community means you feel welcome to enjoy a coffee and bite to eat, even if you have
no need for a haircut.

Thankfully they are certified to serve both men’s grooming and gourmet food and beverage, so you can be assured of never finding a hair in your coffee or salad.

with cherry tomato dressing on soy and linseed sourdoughMeals are healthy and light with the occasional old favourites given a modern twist. Produce is sourced locally from Kellyville Free Range Eggs, Georges’ Meats Cherrybook and Cooks Co-op Wilberforce among others. The menu is simple but still maintains plenty of variety from Yoghurt with Poached Fruit and Muesli to Bacon and Egg Rolls with Avocado and Rocket, and a Big Breakfast of egg, bacon, mushrooms and greens with optional haloumi. The Smashed Avocado with Minted Feta on Soy and Linseed Sourdough with Cherry Tomato Dressing is not only filling but a delight to the tastebuds. The creaminess of the avocado is spiked by the freshness of the mint, and the sweet and
sour cherry tomato dressing rounds off the dish with a burst of flavour.

Lunch and breakfast items intertwine on this menu, with everything available all day. The Truffled Egg with prosciutto, avocado and truffled pecorino suits any time of day as does the Du Puy Lentil Salad with pickled vegetables, mushrooms, eschallot dressing and granola crumble. The Chicken and Avocado Toastie conceals the most decadent mayonnaise under layers of melted cheese and once again is deceptively filling due to the huge chunks of succulent chicken and substantial soy and linseed bread.

with mayonaisse on soy and linseed sourdough

Frankfurt, toasted bun, ketchup, mustard, cheeseWhile there are plenty of healthy options, they know that guys love their burgers and hot dogs, so these are also available in gourmet fashion. I’m impressed that their Sliders are sold individually rather than in lots of three. It means you can pick the flavours you like, and just have one as a snack if you so desire. Their blackboard often includes hotdog specials and the American version offers that traditional classic of quality frankfurter on toasted bun with lashings of ketchup, mustard and cheese – my husband loved this so much, he went and ordered another.

Sweet treats are an essential accompaniment to any serious coffee, and are thankfully portioned on the petite side, so as not to completely undo all the good you have done after enjoying your healthy breakfast or lunch.

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This Men’s Grooming Espresso Bar has a great vibe to relax and enjoy excellent coffee along with a quality bite to eat. And you never know, you just might bump into one of your favourite NRL or ARU Player, as this place has become a favourite amongst the likes of Joseph Paulo, David Fifita and Israel Folau.

Blends & Brothers
Shop GR072 Market Lane,
Rouse Hill NSW 2155
P: 8824 3678
Open: Monday – Wednesday and Friday 7:30am to 5pm,
Thursday 7:30am to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday 8am to 4:30pm