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Because it takes seriously good coffee and great food to get your morning off to a good start.
Customer feedback is taken very seriously by owner Vic Valtiok of Walsh Bay’s Bitter & Twisted café. In fact, the venue was so-named after a regular said to Vic “you’re such a bitter and twisted man”. To this day, Vic doesn’t know what he did to warrant the comment but felt it made a quirky name for the café that he has since put heart and soul into building up as a welcoming local coffee hub in a wonderfully nostalgic setting.
When Vic first made the leap to hospitality from a background in sales and banking he was living in the Observatory Tower and noticed the convenience store underneath had come up for sale. Seeing it as an opportunity to follow his heart, and love of good coffee, he turned his back on the corporate world for barista training and more time with his family.
The convenience store was gradually converted into a vibrant café which Vic ran successfully for 14 years before selling to invest in Walsh Bay back in 2014 – predicting that the precinct would take off quickly.
It was a gamble that paid off! Bitter & Twisted has thrived since moving into the historic Weighbridge building that had been barricaded shut for several years.
Once a bustling hub of the working wharves where goods were weighed before being loaded onto ships, the site has found new life as a popular harbourside breakfast haven for professionals, given its proximity to the CBD and local production companies.
Vic has built a friendly and accommodating team around him to offer an authentic taste of local coffee culture and harbour lifestyle.
“Nothing is ever too much trouble for them,” Vic says proudly.
Breakfast is the cornerstone of the café’s trade with a tasty and convenient menu on offer; from a satisfying house-muesli and artisan house-breads to crowd pleasers like the Twisted Burger on Black Brioche or the breakfast wrap with chorizo, spinach, 3 scrambled free range eggs that really hits the spot after a big night.
Vic remains passionate about the area and its potential.
“It’s just a joy to turn up to work in such a special part of Sydney every day,” says Vic who is frequently found among regulars seated at the cafe tables each morning. His enthusiasm is reflected in the company name that Vic has introduced since setting up shop in Walsh Bay – “Smiles and Giggles” .
Bitter and Twisted opens Monday to Friday from 7am to 4pm and on Saturday and Sunday from 7:30 to 4pm.