Knife and Fork talk with the Dining Divas who visit Bayswater

On a wet and windy day in Bayswater this month we ducked into Drip Expresso, a funky cafe in King William Street that beckoned us in out of the rain. It was very full inside, but we had a chance when ordering to admire the colourful vintage and eclectic style of decor. 

There is a small outdoor seating area protected from the elements by those thick plastic whatsits which kept us warm and dry, with the added bonus of a good view of the muscular tradies ordering lunch. Oh, the perks! The café is open from 6am-2.30pm and offers a menu under $20. 

We picked shakshuka with chick peas. The shakshuka’s spices set the taste buds tingling. Aromatic and redolent of its North African origin it didn’t disappoint. This dish was warming and utterly delicious. Served in a pie dish four falafels and a poached egg sat atop the chick peas. Two slices of toasted sourdough completed the meal and was dipped, dripped and devoured Diva style.

Our next pick Chermoula Chicken Lentil Salad arrived served with cranberries, cucumber, roasted almond, feta, tossed with maple syrup dressing and falafel on a large dinner plate. (There is a choice of either chicken or falafel). Each mouthful had a different flavour, sometimes nutty, sometimes cheesy and altogether blending well with the maple dressing. The falafel was lovely and crunchy on the outside and moist and soft on the inside. A really satisfyingly scrumptious lunch. 

The staff were under the pump but the service was excellent.

3½ forks 

Drip Expresso Bar,

3 King William Street, Bayswater

Open daily 6am to 2.30pm

9471 8000