Surry Hills has always been a hip and happening part of town that I don’t get to visit all that often. There’s always endless options catering for all types of appetites and purposes. A sunny, slightly warm Winter’s Saturday sees me making the visit to Devon Cafe with some dear friends for a long overdue catch up.
Our visit is timed well as we just beat the influx of customers (by about 10 minutes) and score a seat in the garage (back) section of the cafe.
The funky and hipster decor makes the atmosphere so very casual.
Detox Juice $7, Chai Latte $?, Latte & Flat White (sml) $3.50
Our catchup begins with some drinks. One goes for a detox juice which contains orange, carrot and celery whilst another goes for some chai latte (didn’t see this on the menu). And the remainder of us 2 go for some coffee, some damn good coffee that is. This probably is one of the best coffees I’ve had in Sydney so far. According to RamenRaff’s post, Devon Cafe uses Coffee Alchemy beans.
Citrus Cured Salmon $17.50
The Citrus Cured Salmon contains split dill cream, apple, celery, cucumber, fennel and a soft boiled egg served with a side of brioche bread. What beautiful presentation with fantastic colours. I managed to sneak in a forkful and it was amazing. A bit of the silky smooth cured salmon, with the crunchy vegetables, part of the well seasoned soft boiled egg and refreshing dill cream worked together like a charm.
Devon Ultimate Toastie $25
A blackboard special sees the Devon Ultimate Toastie ordered by 2 of my girls. It sounded fab, but our eyes almost popped out of our heads when the dish was placed down in front of us. Sour dough toast is topped with sauteed mushrooms, melted cheese, 2 sunny side up eggs and glorious Australian truffle shavings. This is what all opened style toasties should/need to be like. It’s rich, it’s flavourful and by far the favourite dish of the day. The truffle shavings just adds the icing to the cake.
According to Devon Cafe’s instagram, it sounds like this open toastie may be a temporary item so long as truffles are in season. You better be quick on it if you want to try it for yourself (which everyone should!).
Two Chicks in Basque $14
I”m a sucker for baked eggs so order the Two Chicks in Basque. Two 63 degree eggs (despite it being labeled as baked on the menu) sits in a pool of piperade (stew of bell peppers or capscium as it’s known to most) and pistou (pesto) with a dollop of goats cheese is served with a side of sourdough toast
Yes, perfect yolk ooze and perfect egg whites at that. I really loved this dish. It wasn’t too heavy like most baked eggs are. The pesto and goats cheese really helped cut through the capscium stew and somehow made it lighter. It was just beautiful, and it definitely sits at the top of my list for baked eggs so far (yes, that’s a huge call I know!).
Little Lost Bread $16
We’re not ready to end our catch up yet so order a dessert to share. The Little Lost Bread is without a doubt our order for the day. Peanut butter and jelly brioche french toast is served with warm banana, nutella, jam and a scoop peanut butter ice cream. Sounds like a killer dessert with all the best components, right? It is! Indulgent, decadent, rich and naughty. This wicked dessert made this meet up feel like a secret dirty rendezvous. It was the perfect way to end our catch up.
Super impressed by all the food and drinks, it’s no wonder why Devon Cafe is becoming one of those places that everyone is putting on their to go list. I don’t blame anybody.
76 Devonshire St
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Tel: +61 9211 8777