76 Devonshire St Surry Hills, NSW 2010
K again, and my second stop in Sydney was recommended by a friend – a café just a moment’s walk from Central Station called Devon Café.
It was noticeably smaller than Three Williams with that traditional cramped but cosy café feel. There were, nevertheless, plenty of seats and we didn’t have to wait, a welcome change compared to the more popular cafes in Melbourne.
Our coffees were standard – a chai latte and two cappuccinos. My beloved cold drip was on the menu but given a “market price” which ended up being $6! I think they’re good but not that good! Ever since I got my own cold drip stand I’ve grown reluctant to buy it when out and definitely not at that price. I love the cold drip stand by the way – look forward to some photos and completely unbiased reviews of my own coffee.
One of my friends ordered the bruschetta which I thought was a damn good choice. She really enjoyed it, describing the focaccia as light with a generous amount of goat curd. The truffle oil really enhanced the mushrooms which were juicy and well-cooked although a little cold (may have had something to do with the time I spent taking photos). Looking at it I did think it could have been presented a little more elegantly, in particular the enoki, which was just kind of haphazardly thrown on top.
Another friend decided to simply get some toasted focaccia with a side of eggs and avocado. Everything was fresh and the eggs looked lovely and runny but there wasn’t anything too special about the dish.
I decided to go all out and ordered the Double Trouble. I was not disappointed. A big burger came out with an (un)healthy pot of chips and a rather impressive dollop of mayonnaise. Some freshness in the form of lettuce or tomato would have been welcome but the mustard, onion and pickles did much to balance out the heady beef which was cooked to a juicy medium rare. The chips and mayo were background noise but complemented the star of the platter well.
We all enjoyed our meal at Devon café and there were a few other things on the menu that I would be eager to return to try. Sydney certainly has a few places on par with any Melbourne café and I hope this has encouraged everyone to go and try them out.