Address: 613A Elizabeth Street, Redfern
Opening hours: 7am-4pm, seven days a week
After finishing class on a Monday afternoon, I walked to Redfern station to catch up with E for lunch and we decided to go to Three Williams as it was close by. It took us about 10 minutes to walk there, and once we arrived, it was pretty quiet so we were able to be seated straight away. Three Williams is much bigger than your average inner city cafe, but despite that, I’ve heard it can be quite busy on weekends. There were several other tables with customers dining at the time we were there, and the number of staff was well adjusted to the number of people that day.
As soon as E and I had been seated, we were brought copies of the menus and were asked very promptly by the waitress if we’d like any drinks to start. E decided to have the Peanut Caramel shake, while I settled on the Raspberry Coconut Smoothie, which is dairy free. The Peanut Caramel Shake was total perfection. Similar in presentation to Reuben Hills’ shakes, it also had a similar consistency. It was quite thick and creamy, and had the perfect balance between the peanut and caramel flavours.
E tried the Raspberry and Coconut Smoothie first and proclaimed it to be quite tart. Once I tried it, I thought the same. The consistency of the smoothie was very thick and smooth. It was a little hard to taste the coconut flavour, as the raspberry taste was somewhat overpowering.
The Beer Battered Chips were the first of our food orders to be brought out. Before coming to Three Williams, I had read several other reviews online about how the Beer Battered Chips were divine, and so on. I had also heard similar ravings about the fish croquettes, but decided to save those for another visit. When one of the waitresses brought the Beer Battered Chips to our table though, I was a little disappointed by their plain appearance. However the taste soon made up for it. The chips had been coated in a batter that made them very crisp. They had also been fried well and weren’t at all oily. The garlic aioli was very creamy and went nicely with the chips. I did enjoy the beer battered chips, but wouldn’t say they are the best chips I’ve had. For the price, I hadn’t been expecting such a large, generous serving at all and they quickly filled us up before our main attractions arrived.
E had selected a narnie that sounded very Asian influenced. She thought the name sounded very appealing but when she tried it, it wasn’t to her liking. I also tasted a little and thought that the chicken was a little dry and lacked the coconut and lime flavour that the name had specified. I also failed to detect any trace of nahm jim throughout the narnie. Overall, this narnie was a disappointment.
My fears were assuaged when my grilled prawn narnie arrived and I tasted it. The grilled prawns had a springy texture and were perfectly cooked. The narnie’s two sides were smeared with wonderfully creamy and flavoursome tzatzaki and hummus, both of which tasted delicious with the prawns. I found the narnie bread’s texture quite nice- it was soft but not too soft.
E left her chicken narnie unfinished, while I ate every bite of my prawn narnie. Due to the serving size of the beer battered chips, I was quite full afterwards. Not only that, I also finished E’s Peanut Caramel Shake as well as my Raspberry Coconut Smoothie so you can imagine how full I was after eating.
One of the best parts about Three Williams was the service. All the waitresses who served us that day had been very friendly and efficient in their duties. I enjoyed the food I ate, although I wasn’t blown away by anything, but because of the good service, and reasonable pricing I would likely return to try other menu items.