Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills

How was it?
Food: 8.5/10
Service: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: $$

One cold evening, after dinner at Prasits, my dining companions and I were in search of a nice hot cup of coffee. We found refuge in Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, the owner was so very friendly and accommodating that I made a mental note to come back and try this polish restaurant. So, as luck would have it, I had planned to go to Yulli's with D*, but they were all booked up, so we walked down the road to Alchemy Cafe Restaurant. This little restaurant is beautifully decorated with chandeliers and hanging artworks. The owner told us that all the artworks were for sale, starting in the $1000 range (so, if you have some spare change lying about, why not pick up a painting whilst at dinner?).

Garlic Bread $3.50

We started off with garlic bread - thick cut slices lathered in garlic butter - can't really go wrong with that!

Traditional Polish Dumplings $11.50 (entree size)
(Mushroom & Sauerkraut filling)

Inside the dumpling!

I realised after tasting these dumplings, that I officially love dumplings from anywhere in the globe! They were perfect little packages with mushroom and sauerkraut.

Beef Stroganoff $19.50

The flavour in the beef stroganoff was amazing! The beef was soft and tender and the sauce was peppery and fantastic!

Prawn & Watermelon Salad $14.00
Prawns, cucumber, tomato, spring onion, watermelon, olives, fetta and watermelon dressing

So fresh and pretty!

The salad was an interesting mixture of ingredients, but they all seemed to compliment each other in the best way. It was so fresh and flavoursome, and it was very pretty!

Sour cherry & chocolate cake

We chose a dessert from the cake display cabinet, there were so many good looking cakes in there, it was quite hard to choose! It was quite funny as I noticed that all the people going to look at the display were females, no males! Haha. We settled on getting the sour cherry & chocolate cake (thanks to the friendly waiter for the recommendation). It was so satisfying and the perfect end to a lovely dinner.

Pretty decor

A polish gem amongst the many fantastic restaurants along Crown St. The food and service were great and the prices were reasonable. Perfect if you're looking for some hearty, comforting food during winter.

Alchemy Cafe Restaurant
572 Crown St,
Surry Hills NSW 2010
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  1. prawn and watermelon salad sounds very interesting.

  2. So satisfying when you happen to stumble upon a gem! That prawn and watermelon salad sounds like it'd be perfect & so refreshing on a hot summer's day.

  3. I've walked Crown St so many times and never seen this little gem! Thanks so much!

    Those dumplings are making me drool, def going to check it out.

  4. I always pass this place, meaning to go and try it. I think I'll have to now - if only for those dumplings. Yum!
    Had no idea they had a Polish bent...

  5. Hi Simon: It was so lovely!

    Hi Forager: Yes, it's great isn't it?! It is perfect for a summer's day, or something light & fresh to accompany a hearty meal :)

    Hi Christie: No worries :)

    Hi Tina: The dumplings were great! You should definitely check it out!

  6. What a great find! You always come across some interesting places to eat. I think dumplings are one of those things that are universally good :D

    Love the chandelier and the ceiling detail too!

  7. oh wow..polish dumplings! i'm a big fan of dumplings but didn't realise there were other kinds of dumplings beyond the asian ones. this place is definitely on my list to try!

  8. blahhh
    how come i nEVER see any good restaurantsi n surry hills ! haha i musnt spend a lot of tiem there or something (well actually i donttttt)

    omgg prawn and watermelon salad, have you tried prawn COCKTAIL that is really good !!

    the dumplings look awesome ! have you ever had garlic bread for breakfast, it makes your breath smel like garlic for the whole day!

  9. Ahh I walk by this place quite often but haven't actually walked in before. It looks great! I like Beef Stroganoff, I must try this plaaaaace!

  10. I love pairing shrimp with a summery fruit. I like the feel and atmosphere in the restaurant, very romantic...

  11. Hi Lorraine: I agree! It's great that dumplings can be done well in all different cuisines and cultures. Me too :)

    Hi Panda: Yeah, I didn't know about any other kinds of dumplings besides the asian ones aswell!

    Hi Eden: Oh, there are so many good restaurants in surry hills! never tried a prawn cocktail? sounds strange and interesting! haha. never had garlic bread for breakfast, but if i do, i'll remember to have some extra or mints afterwards!

    Hi Yas: The flavours in the beef stoganoff were sooo good! You should definitely try out this place!

    Hi Jacke: It's really refreshing, isn't it? Yeah, there was definitely a very romantic atmosphere in there!

  12. Hey Betty
    Havent been around @ ppls food blogs in a while (Iknow shame on me!).

    Wowwww that is something that i've never tried.. actually the only polish restaurant ive ever seen is in Glebe!

    Those dumplings look and sound deelish!

  13. It's great to have such friendly staff, and the chocolate and sour cherry cake sounds divine. Chocolate and cherries is such a good combination.

  14. Hi Leona: I had never tried polish cuisine til i came here. The dumplings were fantastic!

    Hi Arwen: Friendly staff definitely make a huge difference to the whole dining experience. I agree, but then again chocolate with anything tastes pretty good to me ;)

  15. great food, friendly service had great experience dining there!
    definetly come back again!

  16. Hi Anonymous: Great to hear you had a good dining experience there! I really enjoyed it too :)

  17. the polish dumplings are called pierogi. they're sooo good!


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