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Lunch at Single Origin, Surry Hills

This cozy teeny-weeny café has been around for a while now. Unfortunately, I don’t get to come here very often, so it was a bit of a privilege to come here for lunch during a weekday with one of my dearest friend B. Single Origin is continuously busy, you have to come either before rush hour or after. Trying to get a table during breakfast or lunch time is virtually impossible. However, B got there early, and managed to get a table inside.

We both started with a long black, and my, it was seriously smooth and incredibly delicious! I could have drunk it straight up without any milk, which I think I did! I have seriously missed good coffee. The search for good coffee in Hong Kong was a complete nightmare! There were a couple of places, but majority, the coffee sucked!

I perused the menu for a while, and by a while I mean, a long time! I couldn’t decide what to eat, everything on the menu sounded good! B knew exactly what she wanted, she saw a girl with the soup and after seeing how it was presented, I can see why. Look at the presentation below, it was definitely well executed!

Tomato, and avocado served separately

The liquid was also served separately, you pour the liquid into the avocado, tomato and chicken and voila, mix it together and you have soup. I love avocado and tomato mix together. The soup was thick, and flavoursome, but too much curry like for my liking. The mixture of the avocado, tomato, and the soup was good but this dish was not for me. I think B enjoyed it though; she demolished it and said she could eat another one!

As for me, I had to ask for the waitress’s recommendation, as I couldn’t decide. She suggested I get the ham cock terrine with carrot jam and sour dough as that was her favourite. It sounded ‘interesting’ enough so I thought I would give it ago.

The ham cock terrine was served cold, pate like and was mixed with carrots, onions, and shallots and was absolutely delicious. The ham was thick and chunky, it was succulent and a little salty, which gave it a nice kick. The carrot jam was sweet but incredibly delicious! Mixed together, the flavours were just fantastic!

The bread was toasted, it was good but I think it was a little hard for my liking. I couldn’t get enough of the carrot jam with toast! It was seriously good.

The coffee here is stupendous and the food is just as good! They roast their own beans and now sell wholesale as well as in-house. Come before the rush, and you are sure to get a table. Otherwise, takeaway coffee and food is also worth it!

Thanks B for lunch, it was great catching up with you. So, when is our next date?

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Single Origin

60-64 Reservoir St

Surry Hills, Sydney, 2010

Ph: +61 2 9211 0665

  1. HK Epicurus
    September 11, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    Hi GA,

    Wow super envy your lastest trip back to Sydney!
    In Hong Kong, you could revisit the Single Origin’s experience at Forest Bird in SOHO, although nowadays they’re using the more bitter/darker Blend #7 which would be quite different from the Single Origin Cafe from Sydney.

    I am kinda wishing they will change that back to some other blends soon, and their new barista (the Italian has left) is good but not exceptional for now.

    HK Epicurus (and notice I changed my name lately haah! :D)

    • September 12, 2010 at 12:12 am

      ooo i have heard about the Single Origin at Forest Bird in Soho, but didnt get around to checking it out. will go there in Jan when i am back.
      im having a coffee from Single Origin right now… hmhmhmhm…

      i have noticed 🙂 i like! thanks for dropping by!

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