Devon Cafe – Surry Hills

The search for a delicious breakfast lead us to Devon Cafe where Enjoyed a well-deserved feast! 5 out of 5.


After a great night out in Sydney I woke on Saturday 1 August to a beautiful sunrise overlooking the Harbour. Breakfast was most definitely on the agenda and I had plans to meet with some friends at Devon Cafe Surry Hills.

Just the weekend before, while preparing for our Auguest series my friend and fellow blogger Allison Geronimo of AMCARMEN’S KITCHEN suggested I check out the cafe, which she loved for it’s Thai Milk Teas and delicious breakfasts.

As we wandered through the glass doors we were immediately greeted by almost each and every one of the staff members as they poured lattes and served pastries from the tiny open-plan bar. What an awesome feeling for a Saturday morning. I was in love with Devon Cafe’s pastel-painted interior from the moment I stepped in.


Affogato – Salted Caramel Gelato, Dark Chocolate Sauce, Espresso

Our friendly waiter asked us to follow her through a narrow corridor into a larger enclosed eating area in the back. She handed us the menus and offered us a choice of coffees or juice as we made our selection. I was in the mood for something a little sweet so I ordered the affogato which appeared in a little wooden tray with an espresso shot in a tiny silver jug and three scoops of salted caramel gelato nestled in a glass with rich dark chocolate sauce swirl.

Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and WA Black Truffle with a Croissant

Skimming the menu I was intrigued by the Ogre Burger ($22) – Crumbed ox-tongue, horseradish cream, kohralbi and fennel salad with pickled cucumber on a brioche bun. We often cook with ox-tongue and I am a strong supporter of the nose-to-tail philosophy so this definitely ticked my boxes.

I still couldn’t make up my mind so when in doubt ask your waiter. She suggested I try the specials as they were only available for a short time. In the end myself and one of my dining companions chose the Scrambled Eggs, Bacon and WA Black Truffle with a Croissant.

I’ve previously been a bit so-so with the flavour of truffles because they are very similar in aroma and taste to asafoetida, a spice made from fennel root, which we use in Indian curries to reduce bloating. I do not like the taste at all – due to a crazy tasting a pinch of the powder raw because I thought it looked like salt…never doing that again. However I was in for a real treat.

It was my first time trying fresh truffles and I have to say I loved it! The croissant appeared on a board, topped with crispy bacon rashers, golden pillowy scrambled eggs and a mountain of shaved black truffle on top! The luxurious umami warmth of the truffle paired perfectly with the delicate eggs and salty bacon.

Companion Two chose the Ultimate Toastie – Brioche toast slice piled with delicious butter mushrooms and topped with a golden fried egg – and plenty of truffle shavings too.

Companion Three felt in the mood for something sweet and ordered and ordered the prettiest item on the menu – Aphrodite’s Bowl ($15). A creamy rice pudding flavoured with rosewater and topped with a colourful selection of fresh yellow rose petals, pistachios, freeze-dried raspberries and fig pieces. It was too beautiful to eat and to Friend Three’s misfortune, he happened to be dining with three Instagram-obsessed foodies who couldn’t get enough photos of the dish. Eventually we had to put down our cameras at some point and finally give it a try. All I can say is MmmmMmmm. Go and try it for yourself and you’ll know what I mean.

Everyone from the wait-staff to the diners seemed to be in high spirits that morning which made the eating all the more pleasurable. In addition, I got to tick eating truffles off my bucket list!

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Happy Cooking and Keep Smiling,

Brendon 🙂
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2 Comments Add yours

  1. amcarmen says:

    Glad you enjoyed your trip to Devon Café 🙂

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    1. Cheers Ally, thanks for recommending it! I can’t wait to head back. I’m definitely curious about the Ogre Burger. And there’s that delicious looking Green Tea Matcha cake that’s been going viral over Instagram too! Hope you’re well. Keep smiling 🙂

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