Ando: Mr Cullen was in city and I wanted to join him for lunch so I suggested that we try Devon Café. It wasn’t a long walk down Devonshire Street from Central Station before we found ourselves outside the cafe. Walking in, all three staff warmly greeted us and we sat down to peruse the menu. It was a simple menu, which is fitting when you’re hungry and don’t want to flip through multiple pages! I heard about the Devon Ultimate Toastie and wanted to order it but I couldn’t find on the menu. I was too eager to get into the cafe that I didn’t see it listed on the blackboard outside. Thank goodness it was still available! Mr Cullen not wanting any salads decided on sandwiches and needed to refer to the sandwich blackboard near the register. After placing our orders, I couldn’t help but admire the wooden interior in this small space. A rear courtyard provides additional seating at Devon Café but I wanted to observe the barista in action and avoid the harsh wind.
Soy lattes ($3.5 + $0.5 soy). The barista did a great job with the coffee. Coffee Alchemy beans were used for the lattes.
Cured salmon – with feta + beetroot mousse and pickled beetroot ($14). The bread is from Victorie Bakery. The tangy feta went well with the sweetness of the beetroot and the beetroot mousse provided some creaminess.
Devon Ultimate Toastie – pine + cultivated mushrooms, fried eggs and fresh West Australian black truffle on sourdough ($25). A bit steep for a toastie but this is no ordinary toastie. This dish gave off a sweet scent and was tremendously hearty. The sourdough was perfectly toasted, the melted cheese was rich and the mushrooms (there was enoki mushrooms in there as well) made it meaty. Luxurious! This would make a lavish dish right after a gym session. A decent amount of protein and carbs with a touch of grandeur!
I’ll definitely be back to try some of their pastries and baked goods, and perhaps sit in the rear courtyard. Oh and to grab some good coffee!
76 Devonshire Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2043
(02) 9211 8777
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday – 6.30am till 4.30pm; Saturday & Sunday – 8am till 3.30pm.