There is an abundance of cafes in Surry Hills. The queues will usually form outside the popular or good ones. Four Ate Five is one of those that cafes in Surry Hills that an early queue will form not only on weekends but on week days as well. I do have issues queuing for a seat in a cafe. Seriously Sydney? Mister and I will walk past it and if there is a queue, we move on. The last time I queued in front of a cafe was at Proud Mary in Collingwood and it was not by choice. It was the first time that I am catch up with @wiredjazz together with Cheryl of @busichic. To top it up, we bumped into Ed of @tomatom and so decided to stick around and waited 30 minutes for a spot in the small and overcrowded Collingwood cafe. It is worth the wait but I wouldn’t do it again in a heartbeat.
Anyway, let’s get back to Four Ate Five. This cafe does serve a decent cup of latte. It isn’t the best on the street but my standards are high. The locals seem really happy with it. There are so many take away coffee orders or people just coming in for coffee and reading the papers.
If you do head here for breakfast, please try the bircher style muesli. This is the best that I’ve tried. It had mangoes, peaches, plums, strawberries topped with granola, rhuburb compote and organic yoghurt. I love the nutty texture. The fruits added the natural sweetness to the muesli. It felt fresh, light and in a way, down to earth. It is absolutely delicious.
The second visit was during the Christmas break. I was fortunate to get the last outdoor spot. A queue started to form after my latte arrived.
I can’t go past the French toast on the menu. The French toast is stuffed with mashed up bananas & served with maple syrup, nice dosage of mascarpone & strawberries, blueberries, cherries and rhuburb compote.The fruits are seasonal. This is the picky old me. I have been spoilt with beautiful Canadian maple syrup so the maple syrup served here tasted rather diluted and lack depth. But I have to say the stuffed banana french toast is such a naughty idea! Plus I could do more of that rhuburb compote. It was a rather sad looking dollop of pink mash.
In the recent visit, Mister finally had the chance to join me. It was not my choice as I prefer Gnome across the road but Mister had not been. We were seated next to a table of Lycra cyclist. Nothing against them. I prefer these Lycra cyclists that wears the helmet than the hipsters that don’t. It seems that the helmet law is not seriously enforced in NSW.
Mister ordered the toasted sandwich. This actually looked really good. I do regret not having a bite but Mister was pleasantly pleased with it. Smoked ham, melted cheddar, potato & fennel hash & crispy bacon was sandwiched between 2 slices of organic sourdough bread.
I went out for a few drinks the night before so the BLT was right up my alley. I ordered it with an extra fried egg and it also came with a rather stingy spread of aioli. I thought it was too little for the rather large sandwich. The whole BLT was terribly dry and hard to swallow. A poached egg or a more generous dollop of aioli might have added more lubrication to this dry sandwich. Anyway, I won’t recommend this.
I was a little unimpressed the last time round. But I will be back for lunch if I do get a seat. It does seem that many hipsters do love to hang around outside Four Ate Five and Mad Spud which is a cafe a shop away from it. It seems to be a place to be seen eating or just holding on to a latte cup. I have not found a cafe to replace my beloved Premises in Melbourne. Sob sob….
Four Ate Five
485 Crown Street, Surry Hills
02 9698 6485