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Ithaka Kafeneion

Shop 13, The Village Centre,
30 Springfield Ave
Potts Point NSW 2011
Tel : +61 2 8065 5209
Cuisine: Cafe, Greek
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$
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When Ithaka arrived on the burgeoning Llankelly Place restaurant strip, caffeine addicts sent tremors of excitement through the Potts Point air. Swing by the kafeneion for a speciality coffee, tea or Greek delights.

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On Llankelly Place, a five-minute walk from Kings Cross station.

A morning cup of coffee is a sacred thing. Don’t mess with a caffeine-dependant person before they’ve had their morning shot; you might walk away missing an arm. This is one of the reasons why a sparkling new kafeneion (Greek coffeehouse) is a welcome site. The other reason is, of course, that such a place promises tasty, specialised blends to an increasingly coffee-savvy Sydney public. Ithaka – named not only after the Greek municipality, but also after the mythical island home of Homer’s Odysseus – is an ode to Greek coffee culture and the idea that every coffee drinker is on their own personal odyssey.

The focus at Ithaka is on beverages, so aside from standard cappuccinos, lattes, flat whites, short blacks and so forth, there is a range of speciality coffees and teas. For a super strong caffeine hit grab a ristretto or doppio. When the weather gets warmer, cool down with an authentic Greek coffee frappe, an espresso freddo or a cappuccino freddo. If you’re more tea-inclined, you may want to try “Cleopatra’s champagne”, which blends the likes of chamomile, rose petals and lavender buds, or the tsai tou vounou, a strong Greek mountain tea. Ithaka also offers a range of Greek bites such as homemade kourambiedes (almond shortbread), melomakarona (honey-orange biscuits) and baklava, as well as savoury pasties and pies featuring spinach, nuts and cheeses.

Agnes Gajewska, August 2010
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Wandered in here this morning lured by its sparkling appearance and promise of Greek coffee. The proprietor is utterly charming and clearly loves his place and his cuisine. He also understands that breakfast is first a really good coffee and a fag, then more good coffee and some delicious food. The coffee exceeded expectations and it was difficult to choose from all the tempting goodies on display. We'll just keep going back til we've tried them  07/09/2013

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