Another week and another cafe in Surry Hills. This time it’s Reuben Hills on Albion Street. The way this cafe is fitted out is so Melbourne-like. It has a long and narrow industrial looking space that opens up at the back. A big share table sits in the middle of the back bit and low benches line the wall. But I don’t understand the coloured fluorescent lights on the wall. It seems out of place with the rest of the decor.
The people at Reuben are very serious about their coffee. They source and beans are roasted daily. Some twerps mentioned that the wait staff is quite stiff. They don’t smile! I did not take any notice the first time round. Average service do not bother me. I am too Asian!
For some unknown reason, photos taken with my JI in our first visit have gone missing. Lucky that I have instagramed the 2 dishes that Mister and I had. I decided to have the baked eggs with oily slices of Jamon ($14). The Ranchero sauce lays under the perfectly baked eggs and served with a nice chunk of schiacciata. The eggs were great but the sauce was heavily spiced and a touch too much tang. I also thought that the steamed spinach was unnecessary. I did not enjoy the eggs. However, many seem to sing high praise for this dish.
Mister ordered the Reuben sandwich ($15). It is not a tradition Reuben if that is what you are expecting. There are no layers of melt in the mouth meat but tender pieces of Wagyu that had been slow cooked for many hours. Instead of sauerkraut, it is replaced by home made pickled slaw and then topped with a layer of melted Manchego. This is a good sandwich.
On our second visit, I tried the Doggs breakfast ice cream sandwich with caramel sauce ($9). I reckon I could have ice cream for breakfast every weekend. The caramel was just delightful. I was glad that it was an uphill walk home.
I had to take another shot of this.
Mister and I also ordered 99 breakfast at Tiffany. It is a mini Chorizo sausage. It comes in 3 half slices of Chorizo that is sandwiched between pickled slaw, cucumbers, crispy onions and brioche. I reckon the same Ranchero sauce is what turned me off a little slightly. It had this odd strong spice that does not seem to work for me. Otherwise this burger is a little bundle of joy to eat.
So what did we think of the coffee? I thought it was a nice cup but Mister is not a fan. I reckon it is the beans and how it is roasted. Next time we come back, I reckon I will check out the filtered coffee before I pass my final judgement.
61 Albion Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
02 9211 5556