Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Devon Cafe 2, Surry Hills

Having loved Devon Cafe so much the first time around, I went with a few of my uni girlfriends to do another brunch there because let's face it, nothing can beat breakfast foods, no? I've heard Devon Cafe to become very busy, but luckily for me, I've never had the issue of having to wait for a table. But that may have to do with the fact that we go during midweek.

Watermelon refresher, $8.00
Whilst I love watermelon juice, I was wary of the addition of mint as the addition of too much mint can often overpower other flavours, especially a delicate flavour like watermelon. But this was a good balance where I could taste just a subtle hit of mint and it went very well with the watermelon! I couldn't taste the apple, but I think it did make the juice sweeter. A refreshing start for what was to come.

Kaya toast, $12.50
My friends and I are all incredible suckers for anything related to coconut so all our eyes were immediately drawn to the coconut jam. The dish arrived with the coconut jam and butter oozing out, all sandwiched between two massively fat slabs of brioche. A dish like this could prove to be too rich with an excess amount of butter but it actually wasn't the case - simple and nothing short of delicious. The 63 degree eggs were poached to perfection and sat in a light soy sauce which we drizzled over our kaya toast to add a bit of saltiness to the sweetness.

Breakfast with the Sakuma's, $24.50
Give me salmon all day, every day! They managed to get so much miso flavour into this grilled king salmon and it just flaked away as I dug my fork into it. I really have to give credit to Devon Cafe for their poached eggs - each and every one of them is cooked so impeccably that the yolk always bursts as soon as you prod it. And the smoked eel croquette? So wonderfully crunchy! The radish salad was an excellent addition (to break up the rich salmon and croquette) as was the kewpi mayonnaise because let's be honest, when is kewpi mayonnaise not welcome?

My second Asian cousin gone summery, $13.00
Are you all sensing a pattern here whenever my uni friends and I eat together? Yep, this was yet another coconut dish we ordered! We knew it was a winner as soon as it was spotted on the menu - tapioca, young coconut, fresh mango, chia seeds and freeze dried lychee. There was very little room for any possible error. What I absolutely loved about this dish was how light it was to eat. I felt like I was eating something incredibly healthy but that is probably not the case :P The freeze dried lychees were like nothing I've ever had before - the texture is almost reminiscent of a flaky cereal. Fresh mango and coconut really made us all feel like we were eating summer out of a bowl.

Once again, I had an exceptional meal here at Devon. I don't have any qualms with coming back again to try some of their freshly baked goods out front! They do change their menu often, so when I go back, it will probably once again be something new so that is something I'm looking forward to :D

Devon Cafe
76 Devonshire St
Surry Hills, NSW, 2010

Opening Hours
Monday - Friday: 6:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday - Sunday: 8:00am - 3:30pm

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18 comments:

  1. I have yet to try Devon Cafe :'(
    Waaaah … missing out on all this good food ..

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    1. Don't worry - I'm in the same boat with a looot of cafes :( Not enough stomach space to eat 24/7!

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  2. I love tapioca, fresh mango, young coconut, chia seeds and freeze dried lychee. Devon Cafe located at Surry Hills serves this food. Wait for me and I'll visit you soon.

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    1. It's definitely the best kind of summer dessert! :)

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  3. I really need to go back and try some of those dishes. They look marvellous! :D

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  4. Every time I check out Devon on instagram, it seems like they have new items on the menu - does this cafe keep innovating or what?

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    1. I totally agree. It's great that they always create something new to put on their menu - claps for their creativity and dedication to having a seasonal menu :)

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    2. Sometimes hatted chefs just can't help it :P

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    3. Whatever will we do without those culinary geniuses? :P

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  5. I love Devon. Been a few months since I last been so I haven't tried any of those dishes. I absolutely love kewpie mayo so I will definitely have the breakfast with sakumas

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    1. They changed a significant chunk of their menu from the few months I had been prior! Kewpie mayo is such a winner isn't it?

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  6. Oh how delicious!
    I didn't know you could get Kaya toast in Australia! I love the big thick slice of bread too YUM!

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    1. I saw kaya jam in a few of the Asian groceries recently actually! So buy yourself a couple of thick brioche slices and sandwich some kaya jam and butter in the middle of it :P

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  7. absolutely loved the breakfast with the sakuma's dish when i was there. def one of those dishes where everything worked so well together

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    1. It sure did! Sometimes baked salmon becomes way too fishy tasting... But Devon's one is so delicious :D

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  8. Grilled salmon looks great! Great dining place coz foods are superb and tasty.

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    1. I really do agree! One of my favourite cafes :D

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