Cafe Ish in Surry Hills, so I organised to have brunch there with two of my favourite dining companions - Miss LV and Miss Toronto. The cafe offers organic modern Australian fare with a Japanese twist. This is all thanks to influences from the Australian chef - Josh, and his lovely Japanese girlfriend.
A warning to other foodbloggers: you will be questioned and get some funny looks when you pull out your camera. Do not take photos of the menu. Taking photos of the food is OK. It was probably best that I had my back to the kitchen/chef, otherwise I think I would have been a little put off, as I'm not too sure if he's very keen on foodbloggers. Anyway, his girlfriend was very lovely and chatty and the food more than makes up for any uncomfortable feelings I had.
The organic porridge was very warm and comforting. I'm always drawn to porridge in winter, as it just gives you a nice warm feeling inside. Not to mention, it's the healthier option! The addition of the fruit also added a lovely sweetness to it.
I think Miss LV was attracted to the name of this particular one before even reading what it was! It's pretty cute though, no? Basically, it was toasted bread with an omelette in the middle. It was interesting, I thought there wasn't enough of the egg especially since we were sharing everything. So I didn't get to fully taste/appreciate this one.
When I suggested Cafe Ish for brunch, Miss LV replied with something along the lines of: "Omg. Is this the place that serves the soft shell crab omelette? Omg. Yes. We're going." Haha. And it did not fail to live up to expectations. The soft shell crab was lovely and meaty and the combination of ingredients and flavours were just right. This was definitely my favourite dish!
And then we were asked if we wanted dessert. Umm... Yes, of course we wanted dessert! There isn't a desserts menu, the chef will pick something to make for the week. There were two special options that day and we decided to pick both of them :)
The sticky date pudding was warm, sweet and moist. And it was paired perfectly with the wattleseed & macadamia ice cream. I loved it so much, I could have eaten bowls full of it :D
I had been craving chocolate tart for so long, after reading Karen's post, so the chocolate creme brulee tart was just perfect. The chocolate was so very rich and smooth and we all loved the crackly top. It's definitely one for the sweet tooth, and even then it's a challenge to finish!
Lastly, I loved their signature coffee (top picture) - Wattle Maccacino, which is a combination of wattleseed and macadamia. It was smooth, creamy and sweet, and I'd highly recommend it!
The dishes on offer were all interesting and delicious. It's not too crowded if you go before 10am, but afterwards, you'd probably have to wait a bit for a table. But it's definitely worth it and I'd love to go back to try more items on the menu.
Shop 2/102 Albion St,
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Tel: (02) 9281 1688