688 Bourke Street, Surry Hills. Sydney
Telephone: 8399 0940
Opening Hours: Breakfast & lunch Mon-Sat, dinner Tues-Sat
Licensed, BYO wine, corkage $3 per person
Directions: From Central Station, turn right into Elizabeth St then left into Cleveland St. After several blocks, turn left into Bourke St. A 15-minute walk.
Been to this crackin’ breakie/brunch/lunch place a few times already. Very popular with the locals and always max to the brim – even on weekdays. Atmosphere is always buzzing with relaxed Sydneysiders enjoying a hearty meal. Very simply furnished with dark wooden furniture, this joint thrives in its roaring trade. Simple, fresh meals mainly specializing in breakfast, brunch and lunch keeps them coming back. Ideal for suburban couples and families, just kicking back and enjoying each others company.
The menu is quite extensive and there’s enough there to satisfy everyone. Breakfast ranges from their unique blend of muesli, banana bread, muffins to their traditional fry-up. They have quite a large range of unique salads and soups as well on offer. Substantial meals of fish, meat, pasta are also well represented. A blackboard menu proclaims the special of the day. Try their concoction of fresh juices.
One day I had the angel hair pasta ($15) with olive oil, garlic, chili, parmesan and parsley. Superb, but I thought they could have been a little braver with the chili allotment – but that’s me.
My mum had the grilled blue-eyed cod ($20)with seeded mustard accompanied with a garden salad, new potatoes and chickpeas. Perfection in its simplicity.
They’re opened for dinner too but somehow don’t do as well there. Probably because the furnishing and ambience is more suited to a daytime crowd. Well worth it though it you’re in the area.
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