Another new cafe opens in Surry Hills. Devon cafe is opened by former Bistro Guillaume sous chef Zacharay Tan from Melbourne and Sydney’s Jacqui Ekotors from Guillaume at Bennelong. The cafe has a casual scandinavian atmosphere with beechwood material used in the front and there is a covered courtyard at the back with sides that are covered by herbs that is used in the kitchen. Devon cafe is where fine dining meets casual cafe experience. And it brings a bit of zest to this part of Surry which is not known much for food.
For lunch, it serves a nice variety of sandwiches that is available only on the specials board from $14 and up to $25 for a spanner crab pasta. There are also vegetarian options and simple sides.
The coffee beans are from 5 senses and Coffee Alchemy and poured by a former trainer at Toby Estate. It is actually pretty good as this is quite an unexpected but very pleasant surprise. I will come back again for the coffee and to check out the lunch menu.
Mister was suffering from a mild hangover and resorted to freshly squeezed orange juice instead. Nothing special but it is freshly squeeze and served in a bottle glass with a straw. And if you are seated at the back, you can help yourself to water from a water tank.
I could not resist and had to order the citrus cured salmon ($17.50). The salmon is delicately placed around the plate with spilt dill cream, a crisp salad of apple, fennel, cucumber with perfectly soft boiled egg and a side of buttery brioche. The wait for the food was pretty long. This place is still new and am sure that the waiting time will get shorter once they nail the timing and iron out front and back of house issues. According to one of their staff or maybe the owner (he seems very passionate and apologetic when missing our coffee order on the way out), they weren’t prepared for the onslaught of people.
What better way to make one’s hangover recede a little by getting a big breakfast. Mister ordered the Whole Nine Yards ($18). He chose the 63 degree sous vide eggs and the plate came with lots of streaky bacon, porky sausage, roasted truss tomatoes with spinach and toast. The eggs are super wobbly and worked as sauce for the dish. Devon cafe seems to do eggs really well here. Looking around other tables, most of us pretty much ordered the same dishes. They also had a BLT sandwich and croque monsieur that is not on the menu but visible from the counter in the front. It will be great to check out the specials board too. I spied a duck confit sandwich!
I love this cafe. Simple menu but seems like they know how to pack it with flavour plus the coffee is good. I am sure you will see more weekend instagram photos on this place. Another favourite local!
Devon Cafe, Surry Hills
76 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills Tel: (02) 9211 8777
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 6.30am–4.30pm, Sat 8am–2pm