At first glance, the quirky shopfront of this cafe might lead you to think it is one of those old-school toy stores. Then again, maybe this IS my kind of toy store where the first thing that jumps at you when you walk in is the colourful array of pastries and breads on the counter. Decked out in beechwood in the shopfront, the cafe then opens into a charming open-air courtyard with a vege garden on the wall (with mint, sage, coriander and edible flower!). The simplicity of this layout can easily deceive one into thinking that only an unassuming meal can be found here. However, my friends and I were to be pleasantly surprised!
The Devon Affogato
The affogato here is not the usual you get at regular coffee joints. The waitress expressed how much she loved the idea of personalising your affogato with the amount of espresso desired, and here at Devon, a generous shot of chocolate was given on the side (and this was definitely no ordinary chocolate). Affogato lovers, this is magic!
Surry H. Urban Ploughman $21/$38 (single/shared)
cured meat, cheese, house pickles, crudités, tomato chutney, sourdough
With our greedy souls, we ordered one of the lunch special’s of a sharing board with meats, cheese and sourdough. You will soon notice that my friends and I have a bad habit of over-ordering, which I’m sure Steph is guilty of too.
Citrus Cured Salmon $18.5
split dill cream, apple, celery, cucumber, fennel, soft boiled egg, brioche
Normally I’m not a fan of cured salmon, but this was actually appetising and refreshing with a good balance of flavours. The salmon was also topped off with a perfect soft-boiled egg (look at that oozing yolk!).
Breakfast with the Sakuma’s $24.5
miso grilled king salmon, smoked eel croquette, 63˚ egg, radish salad and kewpi mayonnaise
The salmon was grilled well and I enjoyed the miso flavour. The croquette and mayonnaise was delightful and the egg… cue “egg porn”.
Flying Chook $18
portuguese chargrilled chicken, baby spinach, grilled zucchini, cheese, chilli mayo with chips
I love grilled chicken, and I love grilled sandwiches. This was quite the perfect chicken sandwich. Need I say more?
Ogre Happy Meal $21
ox-tongue, hash potatoes, cauliflower puree, pickled onion, fried egg
This was my personal favourite, being the greedy hungry ogre that I am. The combination of flavours on this plate was simply amazing. Forget hash browns, hash potatoes here at Devon have made me change my way of living. As for the ox-tongue, it was a beautiful melt-in-my-mouth experience. This dish definitely deserves its name as a happy meal.
Devon Cafe serves up unique fusion dishes that draws inspiration from the multicultural cuisine of Australia. Coupled with enthusiastic and friendly staff, this Devon experience is one that I will go back for again.
76 Devonshire St
(02) 9211 8777
Mon – Fri: 6.30AM – 4.30PM
Sat – Sun: 8AM – 3.30PM