Monday, 7 July 2014

'Devon by Night' by Devon Café, Surry Hills

You've had their breakfast and lunch. Now dinner is sorted.
Mum's Chinese egg custard by Devon Café

Yep, you read right. Devon Café extends their business hours on Thursday to Saturday, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., to serve you dinner. The dinner menu is equally, if not more, exciting compared to that of breakfast and lunch, emphasizing modern Asian influence. 

I joined a number of food blogger in the launch night to sample a few dinner dishes they have in store. We dined at the warm and cozy back seating area, with candles and mini flower buckets on the tables. Lighting weren't the greatest but worry not, food bloggers have amazing teamwork with some holding (phone) flashlights while the others take photos.

Devon Café's back seating area

We started with drinks and small nibbles, and everyone around the table agreed that the spicy chickpeas were very moreish.

Peas: chick peas, peanuts, Indian fried noodles ($3 each cup)

Yellowfin tuna sashimi with avocado, tomato jelly, ikura, and chives was the first dish to arrive which triggered the appearance of flashlights and repetitive shutter sounds. The fish was unbelievably fresh, harmonizing perfectly with smooth dollops of avocado puree and translucent tomato jelly.

Yellowfin tuna sashimi with avocado, tomato jelly, ikura, and chives - $15

Prawn and scallop wontons seemed to be a dish fitting for summer, although I would be more than happy to have this even in the coldest day of winter. The mix included prawn and scallop ceviche, with green mango, peanuts, and nahm jim sauce, best eaten on top of the crispy wonton. At least that's what I thought. It was refreshing, tangy, and downright delicious.

Prawn & scallop wontons (scallop and prawn ceviche, crispy wontons, green mango, peanuts, nahm jim) - $16
Faultless pair

You can't help but be excited for the arrival of Devon's lobster rolls. They looked innocent but there was nothing innocent or simple about this rolls. Each house-made brioche roll contained 50 gr or half a tail of a lobster, butter-poached, combined with radish, tatsoi (spinach mustard), and kewpie mayo. Every bite guaranteed the inclusion of satisfying lobster meat, and I reckon it would be even better if a squirt of Sriracha sauce comes along to play.

Devon's lobster rolls (lobster, radish, tatsoi, and kewpie) - $15 ea

A wooden board of chargrilled baby corn with coffee miso butter arrived soon after and was finished too quick. It was a great finger food, with each baby corn delivered an unexpectedly rich umami flavour.

Chargrilled baby corn with coffee miso butter - $5

Still with the chargrilled theme (not that I am complaining), chargrilled jumbo prawns with Penang hokkien mee flavours made their entrance to our thrilled exclamations. It was a bit tricky doing hands-on action in de-shelling the prawns, but I wouldn't want them to be served differently. The prawns were juicy and sweet, good eaten by themselves or with a spray of lemon and the chilli sauce/relish that tasted like Indonesian sambal my mom usually makes.

Chargrilled jumbo prawns with Penang Hokkien mee flavours - $29

I was still scuffling with my second prawn when my favourite dish of the night came. KJI fried chicken wings with gochujang and peanut sauce is listed under the 'smaller' section on the menu, but I think it should be under 'solo eats'. If it wasn't for politeness, I would've taken the whole plate for myself. Each wing had thin yet uber crispy golden casing, complimented with the sweet, thick gochujang sauce with crushed peanuts.

KJI fried chicken (Korean style chicken wings with gochujang sauce and peanuts) - $15 for 6

Before the actual dish was served, we were teased by a heaping stack of truffles, which is worth hundreds of dollars. I didn't even dare to calculate.

Truffleporn alert!

Mum's Chinese egg custard was probably the prettiest dish of the night, a bowl of silky smooth egg custard topped with shitake, black fungus, goji berries, yellow needle flowers, and shavings of the mentioned truffle. It was served with gloriously crispy and fluffy Chinese bread sticks. Spoon was definitely the chosen equipment to dig in, only because the egg custard would break upon the weakest cutting force. The condiments on top and the bread sticks played a big part texture wise, and thin shavings of truffle were delightful.

Mum's Chinese egg custard with shitake, black fungus, goji berries, yellow needle flower, fresh WA black truffles and Chinese fried bread sticks - $28

Whoever Aunty Tulia is, she knows how to work with those beef sort ribs. Aunty Tulia's beef short ribs were nothing short than amazing, delicate beef falling off the bone too easily with great flavours and smoky aroma. It was served with punchy tomato and basil relish (beware, some chilli is hidden inside) and a bowl of steamed rice. Oh, also with the fantastic mushroom parcel, which was juicy mushrooms in a mixture of butter, soy sauce, and lemon.

Aunty Tulia's beef short ribs with tomato and basil relish - $28

Cultivated mushroom parcel - $10

'It's so Asian!', a food blogger exclaimed upon a taste of our dessert, the tamarind and chilli popsicles.

It did taste like Asian tamarind drinks, which reminded me to Indonesia's sari asam, only with an addition of slightly spicy aftertaste that would tickle your tongue. It was different (in a good way), and definitely a welcomed refreshment.

Tamarind and chilli popsicles - $5 ea

And those dishes don't even cover all of the menu. Oysters with yuzu granita, pork buns, pig ear katsu, and wagyu are also listed; I'm personally looking forward to meet the fried ice cream bao with Nutella. BTW, they're running a competition to win a dinner for two on their Instagram. Check it out and if you win, remember me!

Final words: as the winner of Best Café Food 2014, Devon Café sure lives up to the title.

P.S. Sihan, this post is for you! :)


Currency: $1 = IDR 11,100

Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
As always, great and exciting menu by Devon, great service, reasonable price, cozy and welcoming ambiance.

Irene's Getting Fat! attended Devon by Night launch courtesy of Devon Café (Zach Tan) and Wasamedia (Gemma and Laura). Thank you very much! However, all opinions are based on my personal taste.



76 Devonshire St
Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 9211 8777

Opening hours:
Day - (Monday to Friday) 6.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m., (Saturday & Sunday) 8 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.
Night/dinner - (Thursday to Saturday) 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.

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  1. Can't wait to get mah hands on those lobster rolls!!!

    1. They're awesome. I think you'll love it, Raff!

  2. Ditto to Ramen Raff!
    I want those lobster rolls in my bellyyy~~
    (oh and the fried chicken wings!)

  3. Yuuuuum the lobster rolls and chicken *_*

    1. My two favs of the night! Oh well everything was good I had a hard time choosing my fav! :)

  4. I'm going on Thursday - can't wait to try the lobster rolls and the steamed egg!!

    1. Oooh how exciting! Let me know what you think when you've tried them!

  5. Great pics Irene - really like this post! I was meant to be there for the event, but was sick! Will definitely make my meal of it soon.

    1. Thanks, Michael. You're too kind! What a shame, it was a great night and yes, you definitely have to try it! :)

  6. Yums. I needs me some of that kfc stat!

    1. KFC makes the world runs smoother, hey? You know their opening hours ;)

  7. Did you say yuzu? I need to go back and try the oysters with yuzu ganita cos I love that stuff :D

    1. I actually wanna try the deep fried ice cream bao more! :D


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