Flew over to Cuckoo Callay’s Summer Nest

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Hello foodie friends!!! 😀 😀 😀

Some of you may or may not have noticed I haven’t been posting any of my food adventures on Nessy Eater Blog for the past month. I sincerely apologise. I’ve been receiving emails and been asked “Where is Nessy Eater?” or “When is Nessy Eater next posting?” Thank you for your concerns, we are gradually returning soon. Having Nessy Eater is almost as important as knowing my house keys are in my pocket, so FYI I won’t be leaving this blog anytime soon. Moving on I hope you brought your appetite along because this post has got a feast in store. Don’t panic if your belt has burst along the way, I’m sure somewhere down the road you’ll find it.

Man, it’s no secret that I lost the plot at Cuckoo Callay earlier this year and to be honest I lost the plot again, but this time a four legged creature had to join the party and witness my reaction as well. It is incredible this Modern Australian café in Newtown has gotten so much attention. Not because it is seconds away from Newtown Station, but their brunch menu has gotten people talking about it. Their trendy menu is proven to be unique for a lot of foodie friends, especially the #Hashtag Brown and with good reason Cuckoo Callay has decided to welcome the #Hashtag Browns 2.0.

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Cat fight started when the Salted Caramel Milkshake ($7) arrived looking super adorable in their coloured glass milk bottle. It was quickly demolished before our feast began. This salted caramel beverage will knock your socks off with a magical sweetness that is not overwhelming and it tastes indulgent with that subtle hint of saltiness.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (1)Salted Caramel Milkshake ($7) (Note: This is not the actual serving size.)

If you’re feeling a little bit cheeky during brunch hour, then Cuckoo Callay has got you covered with their cuckootails menu. The Bloody Cuckoo ($12) contains Vodka, tomato juice, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce and heavily garnished with slices of pickles, green olive and a strand of fresh celery. Now that girlfriend is how you kick start the day!

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (2)Bloody Cuckoo ($12)

Birdy Nom Nom (vegan) ($15) owned the stage when it arrived looking super healthy. Jam packed with coconut quinoa that looked like pearls of sago and date bircher, I think this is the simplest, yet most delicious and nutritious way to start the day. It’s also served with chunks of fresh mango and house made blood orange marmalade that totally looked like slices of red capsicum. The texture of this dish turns out light and chewy, however it leans towards a creamy like porridge consistency. The flavour of the coconut quinoa seduced me good…real good. It is a very super earthy dish for those who like it all natural.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (3)Birdy Nom Nom (vegan) ($15)

When I was a child, I remember fairy tales had happy endings and for Cinderella’s story if she didn’t leave the party before midnight, her carriage would turn back into a pumpkin. Well that’s just one side of the story, whereas Cuckoo Callay can argue Cinderella had to leave before midnight because she needed to prepare Cinderella’s Breakfast ($17) the next morning for Newtown commuters. Don’t expect the pumpkin to turn into a carriage as it will only be served as pumpkin fritters with house cured salmon, poached egg, house made basil pesto and fresh heirloom tomatoes. The fritter was bursting with intense flavours and alluring aromas of pumpkin scattered around Newtown station. You’ll lick your plate clean when you continue devouring the salmon and poached egg that had a sensational gooey texture. You won’t be able to resist not ordering this dish for summer because who isn’t a big fan of Cinderella? The only downfall about this dish is they didn’t offer a glass slipper…I really wanted to know if I was right for Prince Charming…Oh well! Maybe next time. Haha 😛

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (4)Cinderella’s Breakfast ($17)

If you have ever looked at an egg and thought, “HOT DAAMN chook, that looks good,” you should know that you are not alone my friend.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (5)Cinderella’s egg porn

Cuckoo Callay also have an extensive menu for the pets and their most popular pick is the pupachino ($3) that contain goat’s milk. We asked Ziggi to test it out for us and his response “I Woof-ing love it!”.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (6)Woof Woof Pet’s Menu at Cuckoo Callay

There were a lot of puparazzi watching Ziggi express his love for his pupachino. It’s impawsible not to grin when you see this furpaw dig his face into his beverage.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (7)Ziggi enjoying his Pupachino ($3)

My little foodie wildling came out when the Bubbles that Squeak ($18) arrived at our table. The bubble and squeak pattie tastes very much like mashed potato. The outside is almost a lovely golden brown, maybe just a bit over the golden colour but I avoided judging a book by its cover because it turned out amazingly delicious. The smell made it even more desirable to eat with the inside being it all spaghetti cabbage. EHRMAGHERD!!! And if you thought that pattie was good in your books…wait till you try their duck sausage served with house made chilli chutney and a poached egg. It’s not a party until the sausage comes out. From the first bite you’d know the sausage uses premium ingredients as it had its own flavours. It felt like meat candy to me because I may have had a few more slices than others…

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (8)Bubbles that Squeak ($18)

It was nice to meat you Black Forest Smokehouse duck sausage. I hope to see you again soon so we can catchup with the poached egg. Yes, it’s another one of those Instagram worthy videos of egg porn.


I thought it was fun to see a butterfly presentation in the Speedy Gonzalez ($18) or perhaps I was imaging things. Back to planet Earth and this dish includes two breakfast burritos with sliced chorizo, turtle bean relish, fried eggs, marinated avocado and sour cream & chive dressing. Now if that’s too hot for you to handle then Ziggi is more than happy to help you demolish the entire dish.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (9)Speedy Gonzalez ($18)

Oh no! I maybe now facing a prison sentence for showing you too much egg porn. For now I better end this egg porn business here and at an appropriate time show you some more soon.

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What also grabbed Ziggi’s attention and mine was the pupples ($2) served in a pink sterling silver bowl. I think when someone mentioned to me about the pupples biscuit I may have raised my hand for one. Excuse me while I woof-it-out with Ziggi…

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (11)Pupples ($2)

Can confirm Ziggi enjoyed his treats and got table service too. Now that is showing commitment to pets and pet owners. I give an extra brown point to Cuckoo Callay for that!

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (12)What did Ziggi think about those pupples? He said “I WOOF it!” 

Mary Had a Little Lamb lends itself to parody very well with one of Cuckoo Callay’s lamb dish- Beeting the Sheep ($19). This Lebanese inspired dish has got full flavours of Lebanese spices. It’s the curiosity that makes me want to know more about Mary’s little lamb. This dish includes slow cooked lamb in pastry served with goat’s curd, toasted pine nuts, pickled beetroot, radish and snow-pea tendrils salad. Embrace the madness of this lamb because not only is it tender but it’s quite homey and comforting. With the added crispy paper thin pastry, I was thoroughly entertained by this dish. The curd, nuts, relish and salad fit so well together that this dish was flawless.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (13)Beeting the Sheep ($19)

Was this the Best.Chips.Ever ($9)? Errrrr….well….err…I thought otherwise. I think it was the Best.Presenation.Ever because each chippie was MASSIVE, like MASSIVE! To compare the length of those chips, I’d say it’s the size of a highlighter but longer. Please note: there’s nothing sexual about this. No sexual connotation was involved! Teehee. Besides the length, the chips turned out to be not as crunchy as I pictured in my head, however the flavours were there.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (14)Best.Chips.Ever ($9)

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (15)Look at the size of this thang?!

Laughter is the best medicine, so is the Dr Salmon ($19) if you have a salmon fetish. This dish really has become one of my all time favourite. It consists of citrus cured salmon, black quinoa, avocado, fennel, blood orange, French radish and snow-pea tendrils with a lime and ginger dressing. The salmon had a refreshing citrus flavour and a pleasing red colour. Not only is this dish healthy but extremely versatile for summer brunch.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (16)Dr Salmon ($19)

I want to see you again Mother Ducker ($22) because I didn’t think it was physically possible for me to eat the green lentils, shallots and shaved asparagus all in the one plate. You should have seen the look of my eyes when the plate had vanished from my table. I was also blown away by the savoury pulled duck and poached egg with chilli jam. I really wanted to eat the desired amount however it wouldn’t be lady like of me…maybe next time.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (17)Mother Ducker ($22)

Do you want to build a Snowman in Summer ($16)? If you desire salad for lunch then this won’t disappoint your tastebuds. Generously served with marinated Dutch carrot salad with blanched kale, avocado, toasted pepitas and lemon yogurt dressing.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (18)Snowman in Summer ($16) 

There’s nothing more refreshing than a glass of Homemade Lemonade ($5) on a warm day during summer.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (19)Homemade Lemonade ($5)

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (20)Quirky interior design at Cuckoo Callay

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (21)Could Ziggi be the next Dogue model? This little fellow is such a poser!

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (22)Espresso with milk ($3.50)

For those with a sweet tooth the Berets, Stars & Stripes ($15) is the perfect  finish to a meal. This brioche French toast includes maple bacon, peanut caramel, whipped ricotta, cornflakes and maple syrup. I believe this will be another Instagram worthy dish that must be shared. The brioche is quite a flaky, buttery crust that crumbles just as you bite into it. As for that juicy strip of maple meat, well it was BACON ME CRAZY, even after I left the cafe. Overall owners Ella and Ibby have got my attention once again. They’ve transformed ordinary breakfast and lunch to something that’s Alice and Wonderland for Nessy Eater Girl. It is truly a cafe you wouldn’t want to miss in Newtown.

Cuckoo Callay Summer Menu_Nessy Eater (23)Berets, Stars & Stripes ($15)

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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27 thoughts on “Flew over to Cuckoo Callay’s Summer Nest

    Ramen Raff said:
    November 21, 2014 at 5:27 AM

    LOL at “I Woof It”!! I’m so taking Flash here! Brunch items do look delicious.

      Nessy Eater responded:
      November 26, 2014 at 4:03 PM

      Haha! I was only dictating what Ziggi said 😛

    Padaek said:
    November 22, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Bloody cuckoo – sounds like a great way to start the day. And they sure do look like impressive chips! 😀

      Nessy Eater responded:
      November 26, 2014 at 4:14 PM

      Man, who wouldn’t want to have a cuckootail in the morning? And yes those chips are ENORMOUS!!!

    Anonymous said:
    November 22, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    I’ve been wondering where you’ve been, Vanny. Great to see you back blogging! OMG how cute is Ziggi and his pupachino 😀

      Nessy Eater responded:
      November 26, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      Ngaww…THANK YOU! You are so sweet! I’ve just been busy with uni, work and family the last couple of weeks. BUT Nessy Eater is slowly returning 😀

      Totes heart Ziggi and his beverage!

    Chris @ MAB vs Food said:
    November 22, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    I’ve been wondering where you’ve been, Vanny. It’s great to see you back blogging again! OMG how cute is Ziggi and his pupchino?!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      November 26, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Thanks Chris! I can’t wait to share more food adventures on Nessy Eater. It’s killing me!!!! Haha

      Man, I really need a dog like Ziggi. He knows how to pose in front of the camera.

    missemzyy said:
    November 23, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    OMG Ziggi and the ‘pupples’ biscuits! haha soo cute! What a great idea 🙂 Have to have one of those salted caramel milkshakes!! Yum!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      November 26, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      Can confirm every dog in Newtown WOOFING LOVE the pupples biscuits! And the milkshakes is a must order when you visit 😀

    Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said:
    November 23, 2014 at 12:44 PM

    Hehe Ziggy is such a star! I swear he needs his own show. That’s great that they have dog treats now. The food is great there!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      November 26, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      I know right? I think Ziggi should be on front page of Dogue Magazine. Haha.

    gourmetgetaway said:
    November 23, 2014 at 6:39 PM

    That’s cool and funny – Pupachino! And by listing the ingredients, I can already guess how that Bloody Cuckoo tastes like! Ahh!

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

    Nessy Eater responded:
    November 26, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    It’s great Cuckoo Callay offers dog treats and beverages because it’s hard to keep the pets entertained whilst we are eating. Bloody Cuckoo smelt delish! 😀

    Helen | Grab Your Fork said:
    November 26, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    Those chips look mighty fine indeed!

    Cassandra (@__cassiiieee) said:
    November 27, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    That massive chip!!
    I still have not been here and would love to! haha!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      November 28, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      You got to be kidding me?! Seriously have to go! Make sure you bring your appetite 🙂

    milkteaxx said:
    November 27, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    ziggie is so adorable!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      November 28, 2014 at 1:40 PM

      He is! Really wanted to take him home 😛

    Annie @ The Random Foodie said:
    December 3, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    so cool that Cuckoo Callay has a doggie menu :). Ziggie looks so cute zomg!!!!!!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      December 3, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      Yeah! It’s rare to come across a cafe that offers doggie treats 🙂 Good on Cuckoo Callay for having a pet friendly service.

    Amanda @ Gourmanda said:
    December 6, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    The birdy nom nom looks super healthy, filling and fresh – the perfect kind of breakfast for the warm summer ahead!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      December 6, 2014 at 8:07 PM

      This dish was something unexpected to me and I was surprised how blown away it tasted. It’s totally a great choice if you ain’t wanting something heavy in the morning 🙂

    Mr C @ The Food Diary said:
    December 7, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    I wouldn’t mind some of those chips right now!

      Nessy Eater responded:
      December 10, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      Totes agree with you!

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