August is a busy month for us :) I just got back from Hong Kong, but last weekend Mr Bao and I jetted off to Sydney for a weekend getaway. We were in and out of Sydney within 40 hours but it was jam packed and we still managed to hit up quite a few place and meet up with many people ~
We planned the getaway for our anniversary and for us to just spend sometime together, because Hong Kong is always hectic visiting family and friends. I was really surprised when I arrived at the hotel room and found a beautiful bouquet of flowers waiting for me! A trip to Sydney is already a special treat so I didn’t expect anything else. Mr Bao was very thoughtful and got me gerbera as they resembled sunflowers which is what I like the most. It was also surrounded roses and all sorts of pretty flowers! Definitely made my day :D
Anyhow, like all our other trips we visited so many places, once again my backlog is exploding, but I will try and share with you some of our experiences. First place I wanted to introduce you to will be Devon Cafe in Surrey Hills.
It was surprisingly close to our hotel and we were able to walk over there within 5 minutes, it on a side of Surrey Hills that I haven’t been before, closer to Central Station and located on Devonshire St is is Devon Cafe. They’re relatively new, been open for 3 months but quickly become the new ‘MUST-GO’ cafe ~
We arrived bright and early on a Sunday to avoid the crowd, and sat at the large communal table in front of the coffee machines. Looking at the menu, it reminded me very much of cafes in Melbourne, where they serve interesting dishes. We ended up having a chat with the owner and he reveals that one of their chef is indeed from Melbourne which makes a lot of sense :)
My usual mocha was everything but ordinary, it was amazing. Had the great balance between coffee and chocolate, where neither overpowered each other, instead co-existed very well. I think my perception of ‘Sydney has no good coffee’ has definitely changed!
Mr Bao has now learned in Sydney, if you want a ‘Magic’ you will order a ‘Double Ristretto Latte’ which is essentially the same thing ~ He was immediately impressed with the house blend from…. he also had a good chat with the barista and discussed how ‘full-bodied’ it was and also had notes of ‘grapes’.
The menu is small but sufficient, I ordered the ‘Two Chicks in Basque’ lol such a cute name and very Spanish to me :P It was baked eggs with, piperade (stew of bell peppers), pistou (sauce made from garlic, fresh basil and olive oil) and also had goat cheese on top. It was a very hearty dish and probably more suitable for the cold weather in Melbourne, as opposed to the warm sunny weather Sydney had. I really liked the spice and flavour from the piperade and pistou, went very well with the toasted sourdough. The eggs was also perfectly cooked, and the soft texture reminded me of 63 degree eggs. However, I didn’t quite like the goats cheese on top, as it was quite gamey for me but Mr Bao liked it.
Mr Bao chose something from the specials menu that day, it was the ‘Breakie with Sakuma’, miso grilled kind fish salmon fillet with smoked egg croquette, 63 degree egg and kewpie mayonnaise. It has everything Mr Bao likes, and definitely enjoyed all the components, the grilled salmon was cooked perfectly with a ‘oily’ texture, but wasn’t too rich. But our favourite was the smoked egg croquette made with rice, and then deep fried so much flavour and went so well with the creamy Kewpie mayonnaise. Mr Bao’s not a fan of 63 degree eggs but I sure am! Love the texture of them :D
To help with digestion, Mr Bao ordered a Chemex which is a paper filtered coffee, it’s always nice to visit a cafe where the staff are so friendly and willing to spend the time to explain the coffees.
It was a single origin from Ethiopia, very strong bodied and earthy as I overheard Mr Bao and the Barista chatting hahaha I’m still scratching my head what it means, but it smelt so good!
I already had my eyes on this dessert as soon as I saw the menu, its got a cute name ‘Little Lost Bread’ I’m not sure what it stands for, but this dessert has my name all over it! A brioche french toasted topped with a grilled banana, huge dollop of nutella, jam and most importantly peanut-butter ice-cream! Could you imagine the goofy smile on my face! It tasted even better, everything went so well with each other and was simply divine. Highly recommend this to all PB-lovers, Nutella-lovers or any dessert-lovers like me :D
Mr Bao and I always like visiting Sydney, we love the vibe of the city and being able to catch up with friends. Just wished we were able to spend more time and not just a short weekend trip, I’m going to have to start scheming and watch out for cheap tickets :) And yes will revisit Devon Cafe because I want more of that brioche toast!
Ps. Thank you everyone for the sweet anniversary comments, we’re grateful that we’ve been able to go through some of the tough times and now looking forward to the future has planned for us xox