I have to be honest, in the 11 years I've worked in the Blacktown area I haven’t had a lot of good local coffee options. To give some perspective, I was ecstatic when they opened a Gloria Jeans at our local Centro in 2003???!!! So you will understand how ever grateful I am to learn that there is a change occurring in our local area, with some truly great coffee places opening up
Toongabbie is the last place many would look to find great coffee, and to be honest, you will have to look hard to find this ‘Oasis in the Desert’.
The Blend has been directly transported out of Brunswick or King Streets into Portico Place, Toongabbie. With its eclectic atmosphere and inner city cool, this little gem is definitely 'out of place' in the local area. The focus is on gourmet Coffee and it’s no less than awesome. Open for Breakfast and Lunch they serve a limited menu for both all day but the toasted sandwiches, bacon & egg wraps, cakes and slices are enough to satisfy any hunger.
The staff are so friendly, you feel like a long lost cousin, I can see why many are choosing to make The Blend their 'local'.
Being directly across the road from the railway station the atmosphere inside is much better than outside although they have done a good job of setting up a nice outdoor area. Space is limited, but it’s more than worth your while to drop by for takeaway if you can’t get a seat.