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Junior foodie reviews Darby Street eatery


We sent one of our junior reporters (unpaid) to Darby Street over the summer, to let us know how well the eateries were fairing.

Armed with a $20 note (yes, they’re still in circulation), a notebook and pen (yes, they are, too), this 12-year-old was asked to sample a menu item and report back to the Newcastle Weekly team, as part of our Discover Darby Street campaign.

While this could be seen as a trick by a journalist who doubles as a mother in order to slip in a cheeky English lesson during the school holidays, rest assured this food-loving pre-teen was only too keen to indulge.

Photo: Rebecca Riddle

The venue chosen was Sanctum, otherwise known as Sanctum Cafe or Sanctum on Darby.

Our junior reporter says she cannot recall why she selected this particular eatery other than she liked the idea of sitting outside and watching people walk past.

For a recent primary school graduate having a menu on display outside, which you could peruse at leisure before being approached by staff, was another appealing factor.

Our reporter ordered a Weiss Smoothie ($9) which is vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free and consists of mango, pineapple and coconut milk.

Served in a handled mason jar, it was a lot of smoothie.

Impressed with her choice, she decided to spend the whole budget in this one venue, ordering a serve of Red Velvet Pancakes ($19).

Gluten-free pancakes, stacked and topped with berries, accessorised with crushed fairy-floss and pistachio nuts, and a side of beetroot sauce.

It may sound confusing but the flavours gelled well with one another and the dish wasn’t overly sweet; in fact, it is sold as a healthy alternative.

Red Velvet Pancakes from Sanctum on Darby Street.

Firstly, a maths lesson, yes our reporter had exceeded her $20 budget.

Secondly, for this reason, the senior reporter had to assist and was very impressed with the dish.

Here’s the junior reporter’s edited (yes we still need to work on spelling) cafe review:

Whether you’re feeling healthy or it’s your cheat day, Sanctum’s got you covered.

There’s lots of different options, from Cauliflower Fritters to Turkish Beans – and that’s just the breakfast menu.

Breakfast and Lunch apply all day.

They also have options for vegetarian, vegan, and gluten free.

If a waffle with Southern Fried Chicken, slaw, cheese sauce and maple syrup doesn’t make your mouth water I don’t know what will!

Newcastle Weekly unpaid junior reporter
Green Smoothie from Sanctum on Darby. Photo: Rebecca Riddle

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