After multiple recommendations from friends, I finally found a chance to pop by this relatively new cafe in the small suburb of Canley Vale. Unlike it’s more popular brother, Canley Heights, the food scene in Canley Vale has been pretty quiet in recent years. This is quite surprising, considering Canley Vale is easily accessible by public transport and there is plenty of street and off-street parking.
Canley Vale is one of those places that don’t change often. Every time I visit, it looks pretty much the same and some of the stores are so old you feel like you are still in the 90’s. So it was weird to find a modern cafe pop up in this suburb where time seems to have stood still.
I first visited Tramsheds back in February when it was still relatively undiscovered. At that time, it was still quite easy to walk-in and grab a table. Of course, it didn’t stay that way for long. We visited again a week ago and quickly realised some of the more popular restaurants had already been booked out. We ended up finding a table at Sir Chapel’s Bistro & Brewery. We should have taken this as a sign there was something wrong at Sir Chapel’s.
The experience was a complete letdown, for what could have been great with a few simple changes. The waitresses lure you in with a huge smile, but we quickly discovered this smile was a facade for forgetfulness, untrained staff, slow service and a heap of hidden charges.
Lately, I’ve been obsessed with burgers (I know, not very womanly). Fortunately, with the number of burger trucks popping up in Western Sydney, dinner has been an easy task. However, as the burger trucks only open for dinner, the only option for burgers before 6pm has been the dreaded golden arches (which I’ve decided to boycott).
Well, I’m pleased to say, I’ve finally found a solution for these pre-dinner burger cravings at Black Elk Espresso in Carnes Hill! Best of all, it’s not just the burgers that are great, everything else I’ve had on the menu has not disappointed.
Lisbon wasn’t originally part of our itinerary, but when we checked our map we realised it wasn’t far from Madrid, so we added it last minute. It turned out to be a great decision as it was such a beautiful city.
From Madrid to Lisbon it was a short 1 hour 15 minutes flight. If you are on a budget, compare flights on Momondo to find the best value. We ended up going with TAP Portugal Airlines. If you want to save one night accommodation you can choose to catch a sleeper train from Madrid to Lisbon instead.
Once in Lisbon, we caught the Aerobus into the city centre for €3.15.
Just as we started to get sick of all the hipster cafes with 5 items on their menu, that charge a fortune to add a slice of avocado and drinks that cost almost the same as a meal, we were invited to try out Beanie Cafe. It’s been a while since I’ve seen a cafe with such an extensive menu.
No fancy renovations, no expensive furniture – just simple no frills good food!
Beanie Cafe is your local old school style cafe, even though it’s only been around for 3 months. No fancy renovations, no expensive furniture – just simple no frills good food! Plus, prices are cheaper than many other cafes. They offer a $10 lunch special as well as 10% off for WSU students. If you attend WSU, the cafe is just on the other side of the road.