From the moment you pass the exit gate of Newtown Station, you’d easily spot a café filled with people seated outside to gain some vitamin D whilst having lunch or commuters stop by in front of a glass window and placing their orders for a hot-brewed coffee. In a neighbourhood that welcomes the hippest of brunch spots, Cuckoo Callay provides a quirky take to their menus. With many commuters travelling to and from to Newtown, you’d assume this intimate sized café only offer coffee and cakes. Don’t judge a book by its cover kids! The café will have your cravings covered with all sorts of decadent foods.
Are you ready?
Love this quote! Nothing is boring at Cuckoo Callay.
As you enter this café, the décor is enough to get your head spinning, in a good way off course. This is because owners Ella and Ibriham wanted something eccentric with cuckoo clocks glued on mirrored walls and an enormous golden metal ring spiking light bulbs to add a twist to the reflection. Don’t feel daunted if their interior decoration is too much for you, the staff’s so sweet they’ll give you a toothache.
Mirror mirror on the wall
If anybody knows how to entertain a table, it’s certainly Cuckoo Callay with heritage details.
It’s the little things that count!
Reading Nutella Thick Shake ($7) on their menu got me excited to order. Almighty Princess made an interesting point that it provides an aromatic hazelnut flavour with an unforgettable heavenly creamy finish. Though I have to point out, it didn’t reach the thick texture level, however that didn’t matter because you’d be too busy feeding your inner child.
You know you want the Nutella Thick Shake ($7)
Get out your phone and open up Instagram to #Hashtag Brown with House Cured Salmon ($17). An old-fashioned favourite that has been modernised by finely cutting the crispy potato hash brown and adding a poached egg with a pool of pea puree. With no trouble, this dish can easily be turned into a vegetarian favourite if you switch the cured salmon with grilled haloumi. If you surgically dissect the potato disc with your fork and knife and examine closely, you’d know the Chefs at Cuckoo Callay have done an exceptional job with sticking each strand of potato together.
#Hashtag Brown with House Cured Salmon ($17)
With that gooey egg porn atop, it brings the perfect finish to this dish. The slices of house cured salmon is sensational with a flavoursome mix of finely chopped chives and a hint of grated lemon zest. The fragrance of the salmon is so powerful that when it reaches near the nose you’ll relish every slice. The hunt for pea puree is over, though not as smooth as I imaged but the flavour is there alright.
Look how finely shredded the hash browns are.
When Ibriham placed the Callay’s Brekkie Board ($22) on our table, I thought I was hallucinating. This board can seriously feed two people or maybe for one, if your stomach is empty and your extremely hungry and skipped breakfast. I have to tell ya, this is classified a BARGAIN on my list for brunch in Sydney. LOOK AT IT, there’s 8 different ingredients excluding the lemon for $22!!! To me, it looked like an ultimate big breakfast dish waiting for hungry customers to devour it. Personally, it’s a level up to your ordinary big breakfast and I really enjoy every single element on this board. An awesome way to play with your food by mixing and matching the ingredients. For me I recommend cutting the sour dough into halves and go have some fun by turning those naked slices of bread by adding delicious toppings.
MUST ORDER THIS GUYS!!! Its the Callay’s Brekkie Board ($22)
Let’s start with rosemary and lamb sausage. An excellent meat-to-fat ratio with an intense flavour of rosemary. This is a gourmet sausage like you’ve never tasted!
The rosemary and lamb sausage are looking super cute.
Next you can dress it up with heirloom tomatoes and button mushrooms. The heirloom tomatoes provide a far superior flavour than ordinary tomatoes and drenched olive oil.
Looking tasty heirloom tomatoes and button mushrooms.
Dang the House Cured Salmon is delish!
No way, there’s more! Double smoked ham that’s served cold. It can be such a great center piece to the piece of sour dough as it does make a beautiful presentation. OH, don’t forget to add avocado.
Avocado and Double smoked ham
You can’t serve a brekkie board, if there isn’t any egg porn. Cuckoo Callay never forgets this and makes sure you get two. This is RIDICUIOUSLY UNBELIEVABLE! It was extremely funny to watch Almighty Princess watch me demolish this board alone and only leaving breadcrumbs behind. Pretty embarrassing for me but I just wanted to all of that in ma belly. 😀
Got to spot drooling… 😛
I honestly couldn’t fit dessert in my stomach and so it was best to take home some sweet treat. The Caramel + Choc Chip Cookie ($4 each) is the perfect addition to your morning coffee. Not overly sweet but manages to tempt the tastebuds with pieces of choc chip is always a delight.
Caramel + Choc Chip Cookie ($4 each)
A concoction of Dark choc chip + banana ($4 each) is a sweet symphony. This muffin made from scratch will astonish even the die-hard chocolate lover.
Dark choc chip + banana ($4 each)
As I made my way to the counter to pay, Ibriham told me to look up and this lovely themed Alice and Wonderland of Cuckoo Callay was staring at me. This hand drawn piece of art was created by Tim and each character represents a story to it. From the bottom of this drawing, the train represents Newtown Station, a person sitting on the train represents expanding new ideas and rabbits hopping out of the station suggest turning the ideas into reality. Coffee cups that look like building creates a happy zone for coffee lovers and the more you look at this drawing the more things you see.
Spot this drawing in Cuckoo Callay
What an epic drawing!
Love their décor at Cuckoo Callay
Owners of Cuckoo Callay Ella and Ibriham
Cuckoo Callay is the most convenient café in Newtown for those who don’t like to walk far. It’s LITERALLY seconds away from Newtown Station, unless you move at a snails pace then maybe it might take you a FULL MINUTE. I can’t wait to return and sample more of their menu and beverages. You MUST ORDER Callay’s Brekkie Board and Nutella Thick Shake because Nessy Eater Girl says so. Overall, I had an amazing experience and you can really see how much effort is placed on their plate. I mean check out the #Hashtag Browns, have you had hash browns like that before? 😀
What a happy Chef at Cuckoo Callay.
Photos by Vanny Tang
Disclaimer: Nessy Eater was invited to Cuckoo Callay, thanks to Ella and Ibriham.
Please note all meals were independently paid for.
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