Finally managed to find the time to drag Husband out for breakfast! We left early enough to hopefully beat the traffic in the CBD due to the light rail road works and score a free parking spot almost directly outside the cafe.
Unfortunately caught Husband on one of his healthy days so we had to forgo the signature Matcha Pancakes that I wanted to order.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee, $5 and a Skim Piccolo, $3.50
Double Bacon and Egg Roll, with Garlic Aoili, $9
Despite objections from me, Husband decided to go with this simple roll for breakfast… and BAE can never really do any wrong.
Crunchy Potato Rosti, with smoked salmon, $16
Loved the surprise addition of parsley inside the rosti, although it could have had a bit more crunch factor to it. The was also some saffron Hollandaise that tasted amazing.
There is ample street parking outside the cafe, and you should be able to score a table during most of the day, as there was a pretty quick turn over.
83 Foveaux Street,
Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW
After so many failed attempts at organising dinner here, we finally managed to secure a booking for a chilled out Friday night. When booking, reservations for more than 10 require a deposit, there are two sessions for either 6 or 8PM. These restrictions are quite disappointing as the restaurant seemed hardly busy! On a brighter note, the service was lovely and the set up is really cute though with either booth seating, table seating or shared tables.
Complimentary spicy popcorn
Assortment of mocktails
Mocktail shared between two
Lobster fries with thousand island salsa and chipotle mayo ($14.00)
Crab, blackbean & chorizo balls ($15.00)
Lobster fries – with lobster gravy, bacon & corn ($12.00)
Moreton bay bug – 500g ($34.00)
SA Mussels ($19.00)
King Crab – 500g ($45.00)
Fried chicken ($22.00)
Waffle sandwich ($12.00)
Banana pie – oreo cookie base and caramel centre ($10.00)
The Food Zoo: I have to say, the experience was quite mixed at House of Crabs. Perhaps a bit over-hyped by my friends? I was genuinely disappointed with the lobster fries… I was thinking there would actually be lobster pieces in the fries but it was only lobster gravy… And then I couldn’t taste any lobster at all. Nevertheless my friends will know that I do really enjoy any form of fries! The dessert was unique and to be honest, my favourite dish was the fried chicken *gasp*shock*horror* I loved the idea of getting your hands dirty but honestly, the effort to reward ratio of eating crab is just way to high for my liking!
House of Crabs
The Norfolk Hotel
Level 1, 305 Cleveland St
Redfern NSW 2016
Yes yes this is a second post! I just couldn’t resist going back after hearing about the ultimate toastie! I had only missed this special addition by a week last time I went! This time, we had a 40 minute wait for the table – the most painful wait ever! We were tired and hungry and the truffle-goodness wafting throughout the cafe was just torture!
Assorted pastries at the counter
Magic muffin – banana nutella muffin ($4.50)
Cappuccino & piccolo latte
Ultimate toastie – mixed mushrooms, fried eggs with gruyere cheese & fresh black truffle ($27.00)
Eggs Blini – buckwheat blini, cured king salmon, salmon caviar, brocolini, sauce Mikado and poached eggs ($21.00)
Breakfast with the Sakuma’s – miso grilled king salmon, smoked eel croquette, 63′ egg, radish petit salad & kewpi mayonnaise ($24.50)
Little Lost Bread – PB&J brioche french toast, warm banana, nutella jam, peanut butter ice cream ($18.50)
The Food Zoo: The only two dishes different from last post was the ultimate toastie (ultimate truffle goodness for the ultimate truffle lover) and the grilled king salmon which was cooked with perfection.
The magic muffin is so good it deserves a paragraph for itself! Slabs of nutella combined with banana chunks to make the ultimate muffin! We shared one while waiting and I just had to buy another two to take away. These are just too good not to share with loved ones =)
76 Devonshire st
Surry Hills, NSW
T: (02) 9211 8777
Chur Burger is just a short walk from Central Station and located on the corner where Assiette used to be (good riddance to that place). I love the American diner ambiance – order at the counter and pick a place amongst the round communal tables or high bar tables in the back corner.
Pheonix range soft drinks ($5.00)
Salted Caramel milkshake ($8.00)
Pulled pork, Chur BBQ sauce, red slaw, fennel mayo ($10.00)
Grilled beef, cheese, tomato jam, mustard mayo, pickle ($10.00)
The Food Zoo experience: Burgers are pretty good value – my favourite was the grilled beef (didn’t notice there was a fish filled and pickled cucumber variation T___T). A bit disappointed by the overpriced salted caramel shake which just tasted like a malt milkshake… I’ve read some reviews about bad service but didn’t experience any of that. Food was served quickly and when they realised it was for sharing they even offered for the kitchen to halve the burgers (I quickly declined as I wanted photos of a complete burger!) There are a few large share tables so waiting time is limited. I would say, good for a casual meal amongst friends, maybe not for a date…
8 Albion Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010