The Book Kitchen, Surry Hills
The Book Kitchen in Surry Hills is a café by day and restaurant by night. It is located in the heart of Surry Hills, right opposite Bourke Street Bakery. It’s definitely been a while since my last visit. A café and book store – I do remember spending quite a bit of time here, sipping coffees which are roasted by Single Origin and reading books.
I was catching up with Uncle, E and the adorable boo for brunch and I suggested this place. Don’t think Uncle has been to this place before. Considering it was still Christmas break period, most cafes were closed and those that were open were extremely busy! The Book Kitchen was indeed busy but thankfully we didn’t have to wait too long, ten minutes max. Both Uncle and I were starving, and were hoping Bourke Street Bakery was open so we could sneak in a tart before brunch – yes, I can be greedy like that sometimes.
Both Uncle and E started with soy flat white – they said it was pretty good! I wanted something cooler, freshly squeezed orange juice which was refreshing and exactly what I needed.
E knew exactly what she wanted – The Book Kitchen Caesar: anchovies, baby cos, parmesan, pork belly and poached egg ($17.50). It looked really good, so good that Uncle couldn’t stop eating it!
Cute little pork belly on the outskirt of the plate, E said it was a little tough but it’s supposed to replicate pancetta, crunchy and hard!
Uncle had the Thirlmere chicken breast and leg, slow roasted with green beans, cherry tomatoes, chervil, balsamic reduction ($20). Tender chicken, it was relatively nice dish, a little bit on the salty side I thought.
It was my first meal of the day, so opted for avocado, sourdough toast, Persian feta, poached egg, rocket and lemon infused olive oil ($17). Exactly what I needed, love the Persian feta, and who can say no to avocado and eggs for breakfast?
Uncle loves his chips, so we had a serve of hand cut chips ($6) which was served with hand whipped aioli. The chips didn’t look like ‘chips’ but more like wedges, crunchy on the outside but delicious!
We shared a lamington ($5) which I didn’t take a picture off but it was soft, fluffy and absolutely delicious. I couldn’t help but buy their last daily muffin ($4.50) home and it was excellent – perfect for afternoon tea.
Service was a tad slow at times, but it was busy. Regardless, food was pretty good and would definitely be happy to go back.
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
255 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills 2010
Ph: +61 42023 9469