Already known for its gourmet breakfast including their signatures ‘Breakfast with the Sakumas’, ‘Devon’s Ultimate Toastie’ and the ‘Little Lost Bread’. The incredibly popular Devon Café is now open for dinner. SAY WHAAAAT? Devon does dinner now? It’s called ‘Devon by Night’ and it starts today. Since opening in 2013, Devon Café has pretty much warmed many existing to new foodie souls and devotees cannot Instagram enough snapshots to show their appreciation. You can find some incriminating evidence on my Instagram account here, where I record 63’ egg porn. I bet you didn’t think I’d record porn did you? EGG PORN, I mean. Teehee.
The story of Zachary Tan started at the age of 21, where he initially pursued studies in pharmacy, but soon focused his interest in learning French cuisines meant he quickly commenced training at Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney. Feeling home away from home, Zach focuses each dish on his home town of Penang and the famous Hawker Street Food with a touch of French. In keeping with the café’s influence of Asian cuisines, and a mash-up with French techniques, head chef Zach Tan (who’s a former chef at Bistro Guillaume, Guillaume at Bennelong and Pier) will expand his trademark style and draw influences from Peninsular Malaysia with some Japanese charcoal barbecue features too. I can tell you the menu is ridiculously fun with exciting and creative categories like snacks, solo, larger plates and more. There’s a range of Asian and local beers and wines for the keen foodies who may have a thirsty sweet tooth. We’re offered top-ups of drinks and I’m most excited that it compliments the spiciness and robust flavours of each dish.
Devon by Night menu
Wahhhhh the prices for ‘Devon by Night’ will remain pretty reasonable, with its fine-dining approach to casual café food. Foodie fans are able to dine for around $30-$45 per head, depending on your stomach’s desire. For the indecisive foodies, just order everything! I think my Instagram pics last night was enough to arouse your appetites, so enough chit chat and let me start with snacks and we have two bamboo cups filled with Roasted peanuts ($3) with Indian-flavoured fried noodles that look like short toothpick sticks and Kacang kuda ($3) – That’s spiced crispy chickpeas. It seems like the table were more fascinated over the chickpeas because I don’t think any food blogger has ever tried CRISPY CHICKPEAS before.
Roasted peanuts and Kacang kuda ($3 each)
Look how crispy the chickpeas are.
Maybe have a glass of Baby Doll Pinot Nior ($9) to go with the snacks?
You’ll notice as you read on, majority of these dishes are made to share, so if you have intention on being greedy, surrender now and no one gets hurt. The Yellowfin tuna sashimi ($16) arrives with six chunky slices of tuna resting on tomato jelly, avocado droplets and sprinkles of chives to decorate. Strange idea that the crystal clear tomato jelly actually works well with the tuna, the effect is deeply aromatic.
Yellowfin tuna sashimi ($16)
There is plenty of earthy green colours in the “Prawn and scallop wontons” ($16) served with a generous portion of crispy wonton slices. The peanuts offer a crunchwhen paired with the scallop and prawn ceviche, green mango, peanuts and nahm jim. Each bite provides a refreshing comfort. This little tapas-sized package does require hands on. It was fun watching other guests try not to make a mess.
Look how crisp the wonton sheet is.
Just begging to be Instagrammed is the Lobster Roll ($15) – A food lover’s dream come true to try this roll before Devon by Night opens tonight. A unique flavour experience with house-made brioche roll, inside slices of perfectly cooked lobster, topped with baby radish, tatsoi and a drizzle of kewpie. The buttery bun is heavenly delicious, but it was be the smell and taste of the lobster that was intoxicating. It’s easier to eat as all the finest ingredients are glued onto the bun with kewpie mayonnaise. I don’t think anyone was going to leave any traces or evidence of eating this roll. You’ll have to taste this baby to believe it!
Come to Mama Lobster Roll ($15) – What you see is probably half a kilo of lobster.
Behind the scenes and I snapshot Philip from Philsosophyy.
Being a food blogger is hard work.
Baby you’re so fine!
An interesting take on was the Chargrilled corn ($5 each) with coffee miso butter– This sweet and soft baby corn is something I didn’t expect. Flavours of the miso butter impart a rich texture and combined together with coffee powder creates a new palate.
Chargrilled corn ($5 each)
There’s a new Korean style fried chicken in town and it’s called KJI fried chicken ($15- 6 pc). Here, these chicken wings are firstly dusted in flour and then bathed in hot oil until golden and arrive to our table crisp. There’s plenty of room to smother these bad boys with go chujang and peanut sauce.
KJI fried chicken ($15)
Chargrilled Jumbo prawns ($29) is an impressive dish. The prawns are no doubt jumbo and juicy and with Penang Hokkien mee flavours add a bit of spice and tanginess that stands out.
Chargrilled Jumbo prawns ($29)
Another glass won’t harm me. It’s Juniper Cabernet Merlot 2011 ($12)
The concept of Mum’s Chinese egg custard ($28) is very new and exciting to me, despite my cravings for it now as I type this. You’ll notice shitaki mushrooms, black fungus, yellow needle flower, goji berries and since it is winter there’s fresh shaved WA truffle. Aside there is Chinese deep fried bread sticks that provides a crispy crunch. This dish has the potential to become a wintertime staple at Devon. The slices of truffle perfumes the dish. As for the custard, it’s silky, soft and sweet. Each bite more delicious than the last.
Mum’s Chinese egg custard ($28) is Devon-nately delicious.
Do you have a few thousand dollars to spare for WA truffle?
Spotted Irene from Irene’s Getting Fat.
Zach is so generous with the truffles.
Here’s a trend that is worth witnessing is the Aunty Tulia’s beef short ribs, tomato & basil relish ($28). You won’t see me denying the importance of devouring the beef ribs. The beef is indeed tender and flavoursome. It does not require a knife as the meat slowly peels off if you’re using a fork.
Aunty Tulia’s beef short ribs, tomato & basil relish
Now, what’s inside the foil you ask? I’s Cultivated Mushroom parcels ($10) – There’s plenty of Asian mushrooms that is prepared with soy sauce, a slice of lemon zest and butter. A vegetable treat guaranteed to make any food lover drool.
Cultivated Mushroom parcels ($10)
For dessert, intense flavours of the Tamarind chilli popsicles ($5 each) was immediately obvious. A mix of sweet and sour makes this popsicle unique. For some guests, it turned out to be not the perfect treat. I personally enjoyed the spicy kick and oddly this dessert reminded me of a Chinese plum candy (Li hing mui). It had a strong distinctive flavour with a little tanginess. I think my childhood memories are coming back, thanks toDevon Café.
Tamarind chilli popsicles ($5 each)
Childhood memories, thanks to head chef Zach.
Along with owners Derek and Noni Puah, Zach and his team hope to provide a sophisticated twist to each dish, making Devon the go-to for a thrilling exciting evening. Devon by Night runs during Thursday to Saturday 6pm-10pm.
You can also read my brunch at Devon here.
Photos by Vanny Tang
Disclaimer: Nessy Eater attended as a guest thanks to Wasamedia. Opinions are however, Nessy Eater’s own.
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