Category Archives: Sydney – Food – Brunch

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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Surry Hills: Rustic Pearl

WjrTr71404811019415 Crown St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
0406 930 083
http://www.rusticpearl.com.au/

I visited the rustic pearl for a brunch catch up with a friend.

It is a tiny little cafe, with a two seater table we snagged in the very corner of the cafe. It then has one row of tables, and from what I can remember some outside seating.

64FGPo1404811074We looked at the menu, and both decided to go for what I’m guessing was a special, as it is not featured on their website menu – “char-grilled baby lobster flesh, crushed avocado, poached organic eggs with hollandaise sauce, fresh chives, coriander and chill” ($24). I must say it was all very well done. Great balance of flavours. I have to say I think the lobster was slightly over-cooked. So it wasn’t the best I think the dish could have been. But the hollandaise sauce was great, and the coriander, chives and chilli really gave it that added fresh kick to it.  Coffee is decent (8/10).

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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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Redfern: Kepos Street Kitchen

Fr38a2140227332396 Kepos St, Redfern NSW 2016
Phone:(02) 9319 3919
http://www.keposstreetkitchen.com.au/

Kepos Street Kitchen  is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We decided to try their lunch menu. I feel it’s more Western, Middle-Eastern inspired food. For Middle-Eastern, western inspired food, I think of some where like the Mint Cafe in Surry Hills.

 

 

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GfhnNA1402272770For drinks we ordered coffee and a turkish delight tea. Their coffee is great, I always love Grounds of Alexandria coffee. The turkish delight tea was also of high quality and something I would drink again. I think bringing the honey in a sauce container is a great idea – it is not wasteful and it avoids sticky messes. The honey really brings out the rose/turkish delight flavour. Well worth trying.

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We ordered:

  • Falafel, hummus, tabouleh, mint, schiacciata bread (16). The schiacciata bread is fresh and has a great crunch to it. The falafel has flavour, moist inside and a crispy coating and goes well with the hummus, tabouleh and mint.
  • Southern fried chicken sandwich, middle eastern coleslaw, chermoula mayo (18). This was delicious. Probably not for the diet conscious… but worth every mouthful of sin. The chicken is succulent and crispy on the outside, the coleslaw gives a freshness to the burger and the mayo is a good complement to bind the ingredients together.  The chips on both dishes are seasoned with salt and an some added spices from what I can tell. It is pretty perfect, with a golden crispy exterior and moist inside.

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The inside of Kepos Street Kitchen is tastefully decorated, the savouries and sweets on the counter look very appealing when I went up to the cash register to pay the bill.

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OjESay1402273468Another side note for parents, there is a great park nearby – the Elizabeth McCrae Playground. It has a basketball court for older kids/adults, and a swing set and lots of bikes/cars and toys around.     cWv1gv1402273535

RYwDW91402273504Highly recommend Kepos Street Kitchen!

Food: 9.5/10
Value for money: 8.5/10
Ambience: 8.5/10
Service: 8.5/10
Overall Score: 35/40
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Petersham: The Pig & Pastry

The Pig & Pastry
1 Station St, Petersham NSW 2049
(02) 9568 4644
thepigandpastry.com.au/

The Pig & Pastry – cute name, cute business card and cosy ambience. I really liked the floral arrangements, wooden tables and cute mis-matched crockery.

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lOSwgh1402225364Now, on to the food. We had ‘today’s quiche’  (8.5) which was bacon, gruyere cheese, tomato and caramalised onion, and a pork sausage roll (6). Both were delicious. The lettuces was presented in a very quaint fashion, well dressed, and refreshing in combination with the quiche, lovely pastry too. The sausage roll had good quality pork and was seasoned nicely with herbs and spices.

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For an after lunch sweet, we ordered the apple and frangipani tatin and an apple flan with homemade vanilla ice-cream.

I thought the apple and frangipani tatin was competently done, but a tad too sweet! Perhaps cream or ice-cream was needed to balance it out, but even so, it was much sweeter than the apple flan, which I enjoyed much more. beautifully cooked pastry and apples, with a nice golden brown on the top, and the home-made ice-cream was delicious.

 

 

 

Food: 8/10
Value for money: 7.5/10
Ambience: 8/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 31/40
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Newtown: Black Star Pastry and Cafe

T7JVmi1394872618Black Star Pastry and Cafe
277 Australia Street
Newtown NSW 2042
Phone:(02) 9557 8656
blackstarpastry.com.au/‎UJrHEM1394872877

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The cafe is tiny, hardly any sitting space, a small tight alcove in the cafe and two bench/crate areas in the outside front space of the shop. They have many little tempting dessert choices. Panna Cotta, creme brulee tarts, flourless chocolate and hazelnut torte… are just a few.

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It has an amazing almond meal base, then what tastes like a version of chantilly cream, a watermelon layer, more cream, another almond meal later, then jelly which taste like it has rose water in it, fresh strawberries, and edible flowers. mhjVUr1394872568It is a fragrant and spectacular dessert, enough to impress even the most discerning dessert connoisseur. The only downside to this dessert is in the eating, as you cut through it with a fork or spoon, the watermelon then squishes all of the bottom layer cream out of the cake and it becomes very messy to eat! I understand that they put the cream underneath the watermelon so the watermelon doesn’t make the cake base soggy… but still it makes it rather hard to eat in one graceful fork-full!

wqO6Im1394873011Next on to the quiches. We got a Shirley (mushrooms with fine herbs) and Betty (Goats cheese and leek) 6.5 each. Both were great, the pastry was flaky and buttery. The mixture was melt-in-the-mouth. I loved the Betty quiche the best out of the two.

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Food: 9.5/10
Value for money: 7.5/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 32/40
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The Rocks: The Tea Cosy (2)

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33 George Street The Rocks 2000
Tel 02 92474955
Opening Hours
Thursdays and Fridays 10am – 4pm
Saturdays and Sundays 9.30am – 5pm
http://theteacosy.com.au/HEEzjd1394871715

 

 

 

 

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  • Devonshire Tea (Scone Basket) – two scones, baked on the premise, double thick cream and one gourmet jam, served with a drink of choice (12.5).
  • Ploughman’s Lunch – Freshly baked cheese scones, served with vintage cheddar, salami, ham, ploughman’s chutney, fig & ginger jam, butter, dates and apple wedges (15).
  • Nanna’s Apple Pie tea and rose hip tea (4.5 each).

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After trying ‘nanna’s apple pie’ tea, it has become my new favourite tea. So fragrant, it almost makes you not miss the real thing… (almost). Well worth trying.oRlSBY1394871466

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A very recent expansion is their ‘take-away’ scones, cream and jam from the shop. It looks so cute! The Tea Cosy also have a pop up stall at the rocks market which sell their take-away range. I am looking forward to trying it.

Food: 9/10
Value for money: 7.5/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 31.5/40
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The Rocks: The Tea Cosy

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Newtown: Luxe Bakery

V42uLT1394871152Luxe Bakery
195 Missenden Rd, Newtown NSW 2042
Phone:(02) 8084 1775
http://luxesydney.com.au/locations/#newtown

Once you go up the ramp, you walk into an open, airy space with the counter and barristers on the right and rustic, soothing decor.  We ordered:

  • poached eggs, ricotta, mushrooms and sough dough toast; and a
  • tuna melt

jGu2pr1394871238o1aRcn1394871213The food was great and fresh. The poached eggs were lovely and runny. I love ricotta and mushroom together. The tuna melt was great too, chunks of tuna, hard xpvaWm1394871184boiled eggs, asparagus, lettuce and melted cheese.

The desserts looked decent… and I was contemplating trying it, but next to Newtown: Black Star Pastry and Cafe, I have to say I choose to use my calories on Black Star Pastry and Cafe, whilst in Newtown.

Overall, a satisfying brunch experience.

Food: 8/10
Value for money: 7/10
Ambience: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 30/40
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