Devon Cafe- Sydney’s brunch kept secret

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Devon cafe is no stranger to the suburb of Surry Hills and is lead by two double trouble ex-Guillaume couple. One from Bistro Guillaume in Melbourne and the other Guillaume at Bennelong.  It is fascinating to see how this cafe is merged between casual laid back setting with a taste of fine dining. The cafe is bright and airy and we’re immediately welcomed by a friendly face the moment we stepped into their doors. I love their hospitality. Throughout our meals service is highly attentive.

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Gorgeous basket of fresh fruits adding a colourful flourish to the shared table.

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Fresh flowers makes any customer smile. 

I decided to start my day with one of their drink specialities that I found very interestingly unique is the COKE CHINO ($5.50) – Truly one wicked beverage that contains sparkling coke and a shot of strong espresso.  Its definitely a night owls best friend when it comes to super early mornings. You will be surcharged with full of energy in no time.

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COKE CHINO ($5.50)

Superbingly delicious is the ICE MOCHA ($6.50) – This mocha is perfect in terms of aromatic, deep rich intense flavour with a smooth consistency and a light sweet aftertaste. This is equally impressive as Circa Espresso in Parramatta.

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ICE MOCHA ($6.50) 

Beautifully presented is the OGRE ‘HAPPY MEAL’ ($21)–  There is a slight crunchy laciness around the edges to the fried egg, its yolk still runny. The golden cube hash potatoes deep fried surface is crunchy and moist. The tender ox tongue so simple yet so good, with the flavour of the cauliflower puree and crunchy fried pickled onions really coming through in this dish.

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Well hello there close up shot.

The perfectly indulgent dish is the BREAKFAST WITH THE SAKUMA’S ($24.50)– A glorious colourful summer dish that is still currently on their menu due to popular demand. The miso grilled king salmon is just too good it can be served on its own. It is incredibly smooth , light, fresh and wonderfully flavoured. Cutting little chunks off with a knife makes it even more eager for what is next to come. With the kewpi mayonnaise droplets adds a whole new flavour to the dish. This decadent dish also include smoked eel croquette that is coated in breadcrumbs.

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For the 63 degree egg, it seductively oozes out slowly, adding a yolky sauce to the dish. With the yolk being a bright sunset orange with a creamy texture. I would’ve considered ordering additional egg. Its amazing what a 63 degree egg can do to someones emotions, especially when it is prepared for an hour in a sous vide aka water bath.

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Miso grilled salmon– A harmonious marriage of decadent fresh flavors.

And if you sense a guilt trip whilst eating , don’t worry the radish petit salad knows how to disguise itself as being healthy. This dish is generously oozing with yolky goodness!

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 Radish petit salad

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Inside of smoked eel croquette.

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This dish is so good you’ll want to order it again. Just look at that yolk puddle.

Aside from their savoury dish, GONE BANANAS ($16) is absolutely a real treat to end all meals. You may curse aloud when you taste this soft buttery banana pancake splashed with heavily caramelised palm sugar syrup set aside with pieces of half sliced banana fritters that is deep fried golden on the outside and deliciously hot and gooey in the center. At the same time briefly dunk the pancake in the pandan ice cream and there you have it, an episode of gone bananas expression appearing whilst you devour this dish.

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“Cry me a pandan river”.

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Each bite delights with rich banana flavours and sweet palm sugar syrup.

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This guy makes the best coffee at Devon.

So does the hype of Devon match the reality? Happily can nod my head and scream out “IT SURE DOES”.

Devon offers a lot of luxury in their menus and I am overjoyed to see what they have installed for my next visit. I seriously can’t stop talking about the BREAKFAST WITH THE SAKUMA’S dish! Its a perfect excuse to roll out bed.

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Photos by Vanny Tang

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15 thoughts on “Devon Cafe- Sydney’s brunch kept secret

    Tina @ bitemeshowme said:
    December 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    great photos vanny! I haven’t made the return to try their menu. i was however lucky enough to try the truffle toastie!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      December 12, 2013 at 10:48 PM

      Thanks Tina! Bummer I missed out on this years one. I can’t wait for next years truffle season.

    Chloe said:
    December 13, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    O.o Coke and coffee is an unusual combination. Do you think it worked?

      Nessy Eater responded:
      December 13, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      I know right? Even I was speechless. I thought I read it wrong but apparently its quite a popular pick. Strangely, I quite like the drink myself.Its an energy 2 in 1 drink 😀

        Chloe said:
        December 13, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        Lol double the caffeine aye? I like the sound of that 😛

        Nessy Eater responded:
        December 13, 2013 at 8:22 PM

        Who doesn’t! 😛

    irene said:
    December 13, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I missed out on the truffle menu as well! 😦
    But I totally agree, the gone banana is all sort of amazing!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      December 13, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      This sounds like truffle date, don’t you agree? 😛 U-huh, gone banana I’ll be coming back for you!

    Sherrie @ Crystal Noir said:
    December 14, 2013 at 3:13 AM

    Omg the pandan icecream!! Cannot go past pandan… I loved the orgre meal here! Their eggs are all done so well 😀

      Nessy Eater responded:
      December 14, 2013 at 5:14 PM

      Pandan does go well with any sweet dishes. The orgre meal, a highlight because it has ox tongue! Man, you’re right, eggs are their signature ingredient.

    ChopinandMysaucepan said:
    December 14, 2013 at 4:08 AM

    Dear Vanny,

    I think the 63 degree egg is one of life’s simple yet great pleasures.

      Nessy Eater responded:
      December 14, 2013 at 5:23 PM

      I agree, the 63 degree egg is insanely amazing. 😀

    Annie @ The Random Foodie said:
    December 19, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    totally in love with the breakfast with the sakuma’s dish!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      December 19, 2013 at 5:11 PM

      I haven’t come across a luxury brunch in years! I was overwhelmed how good the salmon tastes, particularly the smooth silky texture and flavour. Boy, I wouldn’t mind having this for dinner… 😛

    […]  You can also read my brunch at Devon here. […]

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