The year in Australia was one of food exploration (and consumption), and nowhere was this more true than Sydney. This post is the 4th in the “Eat Sydney” series and was preceded by burgers, gelato, and Asian cuisine.
Six months, a modest budget, and ever shrinking pants certainly limited the number of cafes and bakeries I could visit in Sydney While I wasn’t able to try all the hot spots Urbanspoon and Sydney food bloggers raved about, I certainly enjoyed coffees, brunches, and sweets from the places below.
82 Campbell Street, Surry Hills
Cafe Ish became my local in Sydney. Once again, thanks to the city’s food blogging community, I learned about Cafe Ish months before I ever set foot inside. I knew to expect a Mod Oz and Japanese fusion menu from chef/owners Josh and Ai. I knew to ask permission before taking photos — Josh’s house rule and he means it! What I didn’t know is that every meal I’d ever have at Cafe Ish would be spot on and a true delight. Josh and his crew always served a beautiful brunch, and I was happy to suggest the cafe for meetings with friends time and time again.
I sampled quite a few items from the menu (again, all of them flawlessly executed) but managed to select a favorite sweet and savory dish:
Emperor Don (not currently on the menu):
Toasted brioche, lemon myrtle ricotta, sake scented rosella and raspberries with passionfruit
Kara age soft shell crab, avocado, shallot, garlic, chilli, soy, ginger dressing and lime
I took plenty of photos at Ish, but will just share two (the first is from the phone but it’s too pretty not to share)!
586 Darling St, Rozelle
Rozelle is a suburb in the city’s Inner West and is home to one of Adriano Zumbo’s cafes. If that wasn’t enough reason to visit, Darling St runs straight through the heart of Rozelle and is home to charming, trendy, and busy street cafes. Of the many days I ventured to Rozelle, I only checked out the cafe scene once — but it was a tasty trip.
Shop 1, 316 Stanmore Road, Petersham
The first time I went to Big Brekky, I walked right past it. The store front is simple and on a road with empty shops and rows of homes — it’s unfortunately easy to miss.
As the stand out cafe in my home suburb of Petersham, I introduced visitors from home to the Inner West by taking them to Big Brekky.
Bourke Street Bakery
Several locations — I recommend the original at 633 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
Food bloggers and locals spoke highly of Bourke Street Bakery — the bakery even has its own (super thick) cook book! Sadly it was too heavy for me to carry home.
The best items I tried from the bakery were their pork & fennel sausage roll and the strawberry vanilla brulee tart. Oh the tart!! The pastry base, the thin layer of strawberry, the vanilla custard, and the perfectly crispy, crunchy top worked together like a dream.
Black Star Pastry
277 Australia St, Newtown
Black Star was one of the first places I visited when I moved to Sydney, thanks to Adam’s introductory “Inner West Coffee Crawl”. We slowly sipped our coffes, split the much-beloved strawberry and watermelon cake, and chatted in the small indoor seating area.
There are so many more places worthy of highlighting in Sydney, and these are just a few of the places I visited. If you live in Sydney or are planning a trip, I recommend a meal, coffee, or snack at any of the above