I first heard about Forest Lodge from my colleague. It is a small and tuck away suburb in between Glebe and Annadale. It’s one of those lazy Saturdays where I laid in bed browsing on my iPad and looking for a new cafe to check out. In the Annex came out in my search and the menu seems interesting enough for me to leave the comfort of the bed.
In the Annex is just a short drive or a short bike ride from Surry Hills. It is located on Ross Street which seems to be hub of Forest Lodge. Coming from Surry Hills, this street seems to be quite scarce of nice cafes and restaurants. Hence, In the Annex must be a nice and welcomed addition to this street.
I love how laid back and sort of bohemian look of the interior. There are small tables and low stools that make up the outdoor area. It is a spilt level layout inside which is a combination of tables and high tables with high stools. The one that served us seems a little out of place in her black dress.
The coffee was acceptable but I am sure by now you know that I still find Sydney’s offering of milk base coffee a little underwhelming. Even my all time favourite cafe, Gnome, is not hitting the mark after they changed the barista. After giving Gnome 3 chances, I have moved on to Suzie Q that has a better consistency and the barista takes his time in making each cup of milk base coffee.
One of the interesting things about In the Annex is its beautiful plating. I ordered the confit duck with roasted brussel sprouts, torn brioche and a beautiful poached egg that worked as a sauce. This sort of plating is usually seen in fine dining restaurants. Quite sporadic and like a work of art. But what about the taste? It is nice but not mind blowing. I was more impressed with the look than the taste. At $16, I thought it was not value for money. Still hungry after. Do not order if you are feeling hungry and want to be fed well.
Mister order the cheeks, bubble and squeak ($18). Beautifully plated but the cheeks needed more seasoning. Maybe we should have ordered the kale and egg roll that is topped with aioli and chilli relish ($7.50) or the breaky burrito of scrambled eggs, rice and beans, gaucamole and jalapenos ($10).
I don’t mind this place but not one that I will travel to eat. Great little place for the locals but not for me.
In the Annex, Forest Lodge
35 Ross Street, Forest Lodge, NSW
Opening hours – Mon-Fri 6am-4pm, Sat – Sun 7am-4pm