Devon Cafe in Surry Hills Excites
Devon Cafe in Surry Hills has to be one of the best cafes in Australia. The pedigree is unmistakable - as the sous chef from iconic Bistro Guillaume Zacharay Tan and Jacqui Ektoros from former Guillaime at Bennelong have partnered to create the Devon Café.
Devon Cafe ticks all the boxes. A chic, if unpretentious cafe on Devonshire St in Surry Hills is a tad nondescript. This is near the hurly burly of Central Station and is a humble precinct on a narrow street. Come here for top notch coffee served in vibrant red cups. Devon Cafe featured Industry Beans from Melbourne during our visit, a familiar coffee blend for us!
Ambience is pleasant with large windows, sizeable communal table, quirky blackboards and great use of timber. Intimate, stylish and exciting menu options. Table service was impressive, with a steady traffic of take away coffee and quick counter food also popular.
Devon Cafe pleases also with its weekday specials. Customers can look forward to stunning variations in th emenu and the talented chefs can display their craft. Slow roasted lamb for goodness' sake - where cafe meets fine dining.
Devon Cafe served me the best breakfast I've had all year - the Breakfast with the Sakuma's. Japanese influences were to the fore with Miso grilled king salmon, smoke eel croquette, 63 degree egg, radish petit salad and kewpi mayonaisse.
The balance of flavours was spectacular. Each element was to be celebrated. The generous portion of king salmon had miso nuances and subtle spices on top, and the eel croquette had delightful smoky flavours to match the clean hit of salmon. The runny 63 degree egg danced with the cacophony of texture and flavour. It just all worked brilliantly. Then the piquant salad was a triumph (for someone who doesn't rush to the salad bar).
Also appealing were othe menu options such as Little Lost Bread French toast, the Breakfast of Champions with Spanish blood sausage, and the Two Chicks in Basque with baked eggs.
Menu items are imaginative and fun. This is not predictable breakfast fare but breaks the mould.
We think this is how a cafe should be and can be... A plethora of imaginative food offerings, catering for small snacks and larger meals, and service and coffee of the highest order.
Devon by Night is an amazing development where the cafe opens later to provide stunning meals - Thursday to Saturday 6pm to 10pm. This features casual dinner options with Asian influences. Think lobster rolls and fried ice cream bao. Highly recommended.