Mama D and I flew east late last year for a much needed break from little old Adelaide, so what better way to do that than throwing ourselves into the hustle and bustle of the big city of Sydney and eating our way through the big smoke. Once I had our flights booked, a little research was done and before I knew it, I had a long list of places I wanted to check out during our visit… being sure to visit some old favourites too!
Our very first meal as soon as we landed was at Devon Cafe. It was a toss up between trying out this popular Surry Hills haunt just down the street from Central Station or revisiting The Grounds of Alexandria which I absolutely loved from my previous visit. Devon Cafe won out as it was the more convenient option… but you know what? I’m so glad it did cause the food at Devon Cafe was fantastic! My next visit might have to entail a visit to both The Grounds and Devon! 🙂
Word on the street is that this cafe is usually packed to the brim, especially on the weekends with wait times of 15 to 40 minutes. Luckily for mama D and I, we flew in on a mid week day and arrived at the cafe at around 10/11am, whilst everyone was at work or uni so snagging ourselves a free table was a breeze.
It was a rather brisk morning that day and considering that we already had our caffeine dosage for the a.m., we settled on a pot of hot tea between the two of us.
Mama D also left it up to me to take charge of the ordering everywhere we went, which was awesome cause that usually meant I got to order 2 lots of dishes that
I we both got to try… haha! I couldn’t go to Devon Cafe and not order their ever so popular salmon dish with the 63° egg that I’ve seen plastered all over Instagram… it turned out that there were 2 options on the menu with a 63° egg so I ordered both! That way we didn’t have to share an egg.
Breakfast with the Sakuma’s; $24.50
Perfection on a plate with miso grilled King salmon, smoked eel croquette, 63° egg, radish petit salad and kewpie mayo. That salmon couldn’t have been cooked any better, the generous salmon fillet was tender and cooked straight through, but not so overly done that the meat was dry, instead it was still moist and soft. The smoked eel croquette was delightful with a light delicate outer crust which gave way to a fluffy filling of eel meat and potato; all of which contrasted well to the salmon. Then there was that egg. Soft, creamy, velvety, smooth and just so so good. It was the perfect ‘glue’ amongst the components on the plate; on top of all that, the handful of radish salad provided a welcomed burst of freshness and crunch.
Naked bruschetta; $14.50
The pumpkin totally won me over when I saw this on the menu. And the 63° egg too. 😛
The naked bruschetta which resembled a deconstructed bruschetta comprised of roasted pumpkin, pea and goats curd mousse, sage and kombu crunch, soybeans, pea tendrils, focaccia and 63° egg. Dee-licious! Loved the vibrant colours which popped out from the pumpkin and soy beans, both of which complemented each other so well in terms of textures and flavours with their flavours only enhanced when paired with the smooth and slightly tart pea and goats curd mousse. The cubes of focaccia pieces were soft and fluffy and had a slightly toasty crust, and the charred onion wedges were a nice sweet surprise. The pea tendrils were a different and crisp textural element and in terms of looks, it reminded me of enoki mushrooms. Once again, the oozy egg was the cherry on top as well as that sprinkle of sage and kombu crunch! The perfect final touch to tie all the elements together.
If only 63° eggs were an option at all cafes as a standard option… it would be my go-to pick every time but poached eggs are just as good. HA! 🙂
Devon Cafe offers delicious breakfasts with a Japanese influence through its food. The hype that Devon Cafe gets, it’s totally valid and although the prices are on the steeper side, the food totally makes it all worth while.
Sydney siders are so lucky as the folks at Devon Cafe have now opened up a second place called Devon on Danks in Waterloo, offering such goodies like amazing looking square cronuts… actually, just check out their Facebook page and be prepared to drool! It’s totally going on the list for my next Sydney visit!
Close up of kombu crunch
76 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
P 02 9211 8777
Thu-Fri 7am-4.30pm, 6pm–10pm
Sat 8am–3.30pm, 6pm–10pm