Thursday, 14 August 2014

Devon Café, Surry Hills

They say good things come to those who wait.
Ultimate toastie from Devon (winter special)

So wait I did.

For the record, I had to wait a year to finally greet the famous ultimate toastie from Devon, the lovely café I am so fond of. Before you complain that I post too many about Devon Café, read on. At least enjoy the egg porn.

Since I've shown you the anterior seating, this post is all about their posterior one. I personally prefer the backyard seating, as it is more spacious and comfortable while being equally bright.

Backyard seating

Let's start with the one I have been looking forward to. The ultimate toastie is on the special board for this cooler season, when truffles harvest is plenty. The first punch that hit me was the truffle; the earthy and distinctive scent of the shaved black gold. The mushrooms were juicy and made great friends with the melted cheese, but they were a bit burnt and hence bitter at some part. No worries, the perfectly fried eggs with runny yolk made up for it.

And let me just say, the portion was huge.

Ultimate toastie (mushrooms, fontina cheese, topped with fried egg and shaved black truffle)- $27.5

I had also missed the delicate Breakfast with the Sakuma's last year, but thankfully the awesome team brought the much-loved menu back. Effortlessly, this pretty dish grabbed my heart from my first bite.

Breakfast with the Sakumas (miso grilled king salmon, smoked eel croquette, 63C egg, radish petit salad & kewpie mayo) - $24.5

I found nothing wrong or out of place with this one. The salmon was exceptionally smooth and so very flavorsome with pink hues in the middle. The croquette had beautiful smoky hints with crunchy outer part, and even the salad was dressed really nicely. The egg was wobbly and sexier than any top models in the world. The kewpie mayo added more plus points.

The dish breakdown: the salmon, smoked eel croquette, salad, and 63C egg

The eggs blini is very likely to be the most photogenic dish from Devon; vibrant colours with impeccable yolk porn and playful pops of roes.

Eggs blini (buckwheat blini, cured king salmon, salmon caviar, broccolini, sauce Mikado & poached eggs) - $19

It's not my favourite item from Devon, but I can understand why people have been raving about this plate of art. The pancake/blini was rather plain, which was a perfect vessel for salty cured salmon and roes, and the egg with the sauce inserted creaminess. The broccolini was cooked awesomely, still crunchy but definitely not raw.


In between their signature dishes, I also managed to squeeze some sandwiches and a jar of iced mocha. The salmon sandwich was very filling, it was creamy, enjoyable, and suitable for a light lunch. The iced mocha was just a wee bit too bitter for me, but that's just because I don't usually drink coffee.

Iced mocha ($4.5) and salmon sandwich

Devon surely knows how to get the customers back, even with so many competitions. The put the right thing on the right plate.

Right now, I'm eye-ing the fried chicken burger!


Currency: $1 = IDR 11,000

Rating: 4/5 (Recommended)
Excellent food and menu is suited to the season, service is flawless, ambiance is fun, bright, and cozy, price is reasonable. Check out their dinner menu too!



76 Devonshire St 
Surry Hills, NSW 2010

Phone: (02) 9211 8777

Website: Devon Café
Fecebook: Devon Café

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  1. I gotta try the ultimate toastie before truffle season ends!

  2. I still haven't tried the ultimate toastie 'cause of the long wait on the weekends but it sounds like it's worth it!

    1. It's worth it! But you're right too, the queue at Devon on weekends freak me out too sometimes.. Haha.

  3. The Breakfast with the Sakumas sounds right up my alley, as does the ultimate toastie. Now I absolutely have to try this place!

    1. Do try! The breakfast with sakuma is one of the best things I've tried in life.. Haha.

  4. Never a few months can go by without a Devon post right? The eggs blini & breakfast with the Sakumas...ahhh I dream about those.

    1. Nope. You know it. Haha.
      The Sakuma's is awesome but I am not really the greatest of friends with eggs blini.

  5. So much sexy truffle! The eggs blini look fab too.

  6. Ultimate truffle toastie... swoon!

    1. I hope you've tried it before the season ends!

  7. so in love with that truffle toastie. too bad truffle season will be over soon but there's always next year ;)

    1. I know, me too! Oh well. It's not like Devon doesn't have anything exciting apart from the toastie, right? :)

  8. Dear Irene,

    The food here is pretty honest and pretty pretty! Even a simple salmon sandwich looks very tempting.

    1. Couldn't agree more, ChopindandMysaucepan! Devon does know how to present their dishes and the taste is superb too!


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