Monthly Archives: July 2014

Surry Hills: Devon Cafe

onPvDB140481568576 Devonshire St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 9211 8777
http://www.devoncafe.com.au/

The Devon Cafe, really has some outstanding food.

For a weekday lunchtime it was pretty packed. Mainly full of uni-students and young professionals.

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We ordered:

  • Breakfast with the Sakuma’s – miso grilled king salmon, smoked eel croquette, 63 degree egg, radish petit salad & kewpi mayonnaise ($24.5)
  • Bruschetta – roasted eggplant, hummus, labne, za’atar, coriander, fried onion on Turkish bread ($11)

 

The breakfast with Sakuma has no faults. Beautifully cooked, melt in your mouth salmon, the eel croquette is perfect – creamy mash potato with a crunchy coating, and the smokey flavour really comes through. MpoOFW1404815501The yolk of the 63 degree egg just oozeys out and becomes a sauce that combines all the elements on the plate so well together along with the spices which resembles dukkha.

The Bruschetta is so full-flavoured. I loved the eggplant and hummus combination, the chickpeas are fried and have a crunchy, light, hollow texture. Along with the hazelnuts and fried onion, it make every mouthful moreish and worth going in for another bite.

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The brownie at the end was a very was a lovely guesture. Basically there was a trainee wait-staffer who meant well, but obviously kept getting a lot of things not-quite-right…on more than just a couple of occasions and overcharged us at the end. So with the refund for the overcharged amount, came a brownie in a small brown paper bag 🙂

tSGdFq1404815637Food: 8.5/10
Value for money: 7.5/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 31/40
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Marrickville: Henson Gastro Pub

bQvTO51404815096WWUnD11404815296Henson Gastro Pub
91 Illawarra Rd, Marrickville NSW 2204
(02) 9569 5858
http://www.thehenson.com.au/

The Henson was a great find. It’s fun, open and family friendly. There is a very welcoming atmosphere when you enter into this place. There were plenty of people of all ages here. Retirees, mothers groups with babies and young children who could play in the back section with a cubby-house and toys, and also young professionals on their lunch break.

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I really loved the shelves of sauces, spices and cutlery. There were five different salts you could spoon into little plastic containers to put on your food or particularly on fries I think.

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We ordered:

  • Soft shell CRAB BURGER, old bay coleslaw, ice-berg, sriarcha & chips ($16)
  • Smoked corn, celeriac, silverbeet & habernero chowder hot sourdough ($13)
  • Rhubarb, quince & cider + oat crumble, buttermilk ice-cream ($10)

The soft shell crab burger. Delicious, big thumbs up. The soft shell crab was perfectly cooked, crispy, tender and succulent. Henson believe in and use free range, organic, hormone and chemical free meat & poultry & sustainable seafood. The coleslaw was refreshing and well balanced. The fries were well cooked and moreish. I really want to try the Karaage CHICKEN BURGER, pickled greens, charred onion, miso mayo & chips; and the PORK BELLY BURGER, pickles ice-berg, kimchi kewpie, jalapeno, mustard & chips next time around.

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On to the ‘chowder’. I thought it was a full-hearty and warming soup. I probably would have labelled it a soup more than a chowder.

misn2c1404815220It had good smokey and acidic flavours coming through. I thought it wasn’t that moreish a dish though. I still was left feeling I wish there was something extra that made me go back for another spoonful. The bread was fresh and warm and the butter was of high quality and quite delicious.

Last but not least, the dessert. I really loved the buttermilk ice-cream. It is not thick and creamy, it is more like a sorbet consistency, but I still really loved it against the crunchy oats and tangy/sour taste of the rhubarb and quince. Well done. jCQeSr1404815272

Food: 8/10
Value for money: 7.5/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 30.5/40
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