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.
Gorgeous basket of fresh fruits adding a colourful flourish to the shared table.
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.
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.
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.
OGRE ‘HAPPY MEAL’ ($21)
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.
BREAKFAST WITH THE SAKUMA’S ($24.50)
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.
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!
Radish petit salad
Inside of smoked eel croquette.
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.
GONE BANANAS ($16)
“Cry me a pandan river”.
Each bite delights with rich banana flavours and sweet palm sugar syrup.
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.
Photos by Vanny Tang
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Surry Hill, a suburb of wonders . For the weekend night life and the nearby restaurant distances of each other you may stumble to a wine bar called Rainford Street Social (500 Crown St Surry Hills, NSW2010). It is one of many places to socialise, offering modern Australian cuisine. The fresh flowers sitting on the blue checkered table cloth and old school chairs don’t give much away. But once you walk in the music’s on vinyl and the crowd is loud. Everyone is having a good time.
The tables and chairs take you back to school. The menus are simple and straightforward but the table was a bit confused whether it was Autumn or Winter as the top right corner of the menu stated “Autumn 2013”.
They have quite a spacious open bar and kitchen where couples or groups can sit and watch bartenders show off a few skills or two. Service can be a little neglectful ( there were only two ) but it’s nice and friendly.
We started with a few cocktails Mai Tai Circa 2012 ($14) chunks of crushed ice cubes with a blend of spirits, lime, bitters, and Rainford Mai Tai mix garnished with a wedge of lime.
The Julep de Normandy ($11) is simple and balanced with The Hills Cider, cloudy apple juice, Poire William Liqueur and pressed mint. Refreshing, sweet and tangy. Spotted most tables ordering this cocktail therefore without thinking ordered it straight away.
Unfortunately White Rabbit Shake ($10) was unavailable because they were out of banana cream pie ice cream and so we ended up with Spiced Corn & Oil ($10) which is probably one of the best choices. It consists of Havana 7yr Rum, Velvet Falernum, Pimento Dram served in huge ice cubes.
First up our bites- Lightly fried whitebait, aioli, lemon ($7) probably one of the worst fried whitebaits I’ve come across. Served slightly warm, nor tasted freshly fried. However upside they did well with presentation.
We tried BBQ pork throwdown, lettuce & pear chutney ($4) the taste and texture of the meat was average and the bun, well it felt like hard bread that’s not suppose to be served together with the meat. It was a disappointment they ran out of Rainford burger throwdown ($4) .
Highly recommended to have a few rounds of cocktails before you except to have your mains to be served to your table. Our table waited patiently for 32 minutes and witnessed one of the table across the restaurant came in after us and was served mains before us.
During the wait for our mains we also witnessed and eavesdropped a lot of their dishes ran out for the day. It was quite odd over hearing the conversation as we scanned with our eyes to see if it was really that packed and the answer is no not really. A few empty tables across the room and throughout the early evening many people walked in to hope they can dine, unfortunately waitress kept declining because it was a full house. We didn’t believe so and it was only 7:40pm on our watch…
Finally our mains arrived Pan Fried John Dory , mussels, curry sauce ($28) a really nicely conceived dish . The John dory crisp that it crackles whilst it’s being sliced into pieces. Mussel tastes fresh.
The Braised Lamb Shoulder, polenta, red capsicum ($29) wasn’t as good as it looks. It’s just a disappointment we waited a very long time for a lamb to taste so bland and the mash potato usually buttery and mouth-melting, sadly this one tasted undercooked and raw.
Our last main arrived moments later, Classic Fish Pie ($19) plated on a lovely floral plate. The mash potato was somewhat slightly better than the previous dish. Good mixer of seafood – prawns, mussels squid like a seafood marinara mix and vegies. It’s a delicious group of textures but the creamy sauce had no flavour whatsoever.
By the end of our meals we appreciated our cocktails ,the venue and the atmosphere more than the food. The main dishes are a let down. Perhaps a little more flavour added on every plate.
Photos by Vanny Tang