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ARTICLE: Versatile Darby Street venue wants to be your new local

Originally published in the Newcastle Herald by Lisa Rockman on 26 April, 2016.

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The fresh interior of the new cafe, bar and restaurant on Darby Street, Terminus on Darby

JOEL Syme doesn’t do anything by halves. The Novocastrian has just opened his first cafe and it’s in the most competitive dining precinct in Newcastle, and open from 7am until 11pm.

Joel Syme from Terminus on Darby
NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Joel Syme, owner of Terminus on Darby. At night it has a “small bar feel” and even serves cocktails. Picture: Marina Neil

That’s right. Terminus on Darby serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and even late night cocktails.

“I felt it was time to push myself and I was up for the challenge,” Syme, who has a background in hospitality and customer service, said.

“I wanted to create a venue for people to enjoy great drinks and a variety of food options – something different for Darby Street.”

The first point of difference, Syme says, is the fit-out.

“Our relaxed, fresh and open design suits anyone who wants to hide away from the daily grind.  We have had mothers’ groups come in, people playing cards and big group bookings,” he said.

“The previous decor was very dark, outdated and did not make good use of the space.”

The second? Catering for time-poor workers on the run.

“I noticed a gap in Darby Street trading – quick lunches for those who work in the area – and since we are up the business end of the street and not far from the civic and courthouse precinct, it seemed like a perfect fit,” Syme said.

“Our display fridge has fresh gourmet salads, wraps and yoghurts as well as breakfast or lunch grab-and-go options.

“We are also happy to cater and deliver for office lunch meetings.”

By night Terminus on Darby has a small bar feel, offering cocktails and other beverages as well as bar snacks, share plates and mains. From 6pm on Thursdays it’s tapas night, where you can order a beer, wine or cocktail and grab a tapas dish for $4.

“It’s a really relaxed atmosphere and it’s this combination of a small bar with great meals that you don’t find anywhere else along Darby,” Syme said.

“Terminus is both a cafe and bar in the one venue, and you can really settle in for the evening as we dim the lights and light the candles.

“We pride ourselves on friendliness and since it is not a large venue, we can really look after our customers.

“We want to be a place people can call their local and enjoy without a big crowd drowning their conversation.”

The team enjoy experimenting with cocktails and Syme advised readers to keep an eye on social media for “happy hour” announcements.

“As for our coffee, it is our pride and joy,” he said.

“We serve a blend that is mellow, balanced and not bitter, and we have a rewards program which is a simple app on your mobile phone.”

Terminus on Darby is at 88 Darby Street, Cooks Hill.

ARTICLE: Terminus on Darby Street a Rising Star

Originally published in InTouch Magazine in May 2016.


Terminus on Darby Street is the perfect place to escape to. It’s somewhere you can go to chill and enjoy some well-earned time for yourself or spend valuable quality time with friends and family. It’s a fresh, bright and contemporary space while relaxing over a coffee, a delicious meal or sipping on a glass of wine or a cocktail
at the end of the day.

One of the delicious food options for lunch or dinner at Newcastle’s Terminus on Darby, Darby Street, Newcastle.

Owned by locals Joel and Casey Syme, at Terminus on Darby Street, their philosophy is simple –and that is to provide you with the best dining experience that will have you returning for more… and it works! Today, Terminus is fast becoming a local favourite and the ultimate destination to sit back and let the world go by.

With a lengthy career managing restaurants and cafes, Joel first opened the doors to this exciting new eatery on 29th of February and named it after the famed 1927 Terminus and Sussman Bike Race.

“We chose that particular day to open for a number of reasons”, said Joel.

“Not only was it a unique date for being a leap year, but all the planets were perfectly aligned and it also coincided with Chinese New Year – so it has to be a good thing – a good omen”.

Popular amongst the locals, the coffee at Terminus is widely spoken about and for good reason – it’s exciting, deliciously silky smooth and fresh.

When it comes to food and drink, everything is covered from breakfast to your work day lunch and of course dinner, wine, craft beer and cocktails in the evening.

Created by Head Chef Bree Tyler, the menu is diverse and full of unusual flavour combinations and options that include share plates, light meals including a delicious gourmet cheese plate and main meals as well
as a selection of desserts.

Open 7 days for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menus are exciting and extensive. At Terminus, you get to wake up to the most wonderful breakfast during the weekday as they cater for those who are working with fresh, healthy and quick “express” breakfasts so you don’t have to wait. These are available eat-in or

Of course, they also have more substantial eatin options where you can enjoy a choice of fruit and nut sourdough, a blueberry, plain bagel w/ cream cheese or bacon and egg roll with tomato relish on a toasted ciabatta. There is also the warm green breakfast bowl consisting of quinoa, kale, baby spinach and grilled
halloumi served with avocado and a poached egg and of course the traditional grilled tomato, bacon and 2 eggs served with thick sliced toast.

The selection of quick, healthy and great tasting light meals available for lunch for those on-the-go from Terminus on Darby 7 days a week.

An extended weekend breakfast menu is available and includes tasty delights such as seasoned avocado, heirloom tomatoes and feta on toasted soy linseed sourdough; strawberry shortcake pancakes with Chantilly cream and strawberry coulis and the big “brekky” consisting of 2 eggs, bacon, grilled tomato and sautéed mushrooms.

The lunch menu is just as delicious and served until 3 pm. Try the tender slow cooked lamb on a long brioche roll with house made beetroot relish, salad leaves, tzatziki, and chips or the coconut and lemongrass grilled
chicken skewers with pineapple and chilli salsa, dressed salad leaves, polenta. Other popular dishes include the wonderfully prepared herb grilled barramundi with smashed kipflers and salad and the prawn risotto with peas, lemon, thyme, and pecorino. All are out of this world!

The dinner menu comes out from 5 pm and includes an excellent selection of tempting dishes. My favourite – the Miso glazed salmon fillet with soba noodle salad.

This is food for the soul – fresh, full of flavour and created with passion and pride. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are also available.

Open until late from Wednesday to Sunday each week, Terminus on Darby Street has recently introduced Happy Hours, Tapas Thursdays and a Cocktail menu with a selection of innovative drinks to choose from.

This latest star on “Eat Street” is the place to be for great coffee and food or to just unwind with a glass of wine, craft beer or your choice of cocktail while you relax after a day at work.

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