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Dinner at Cafe Ish, Surry Hills

This place really requires no introduction! It is one of my favourite weekend brunch spots. Unfortunately, I haven’t been to dinner here as often as I’d like. So when a dear friend, S, said she would like to go try this place, I couldn’t help but say yes! It certainly has been a long time since I had dinner at Café Ish, the last time was the all you can eat ribs! Way too long!

We started with the fried shrimps – crispy and crispy shrimp. I’m not usually a fan of eating whole shrimps – especially the head and tail but these were just too good – once you start, you can’t stop! And I didn’t mind eating the head and the tail either.

Next, the saikyo yaki kingfish with caramelised bush lime was wonderfully cooked. It was tender and the lime really gave it that extra zing and flavour. It was so light and tasty that I probably could have eaten the whole thing on my own!

We didn’t order this, but Josh kindly gave us the lamb cutlets to try. He knew about my non-love for lamb but adviced me to try it and my goodness, I have to say, it was probably the best lamb cutlet I have had ever. I had more than one bite – TWO in fact and it was a rather generous bite I might add. It didn’t have that lamb-y smell or texture, it actually tasted like beef for once. The crust was excellent, crunchy and the sauce – I can’t exactly remember the name of it but it was sweet and wonderful. It really complemented the lamb well! I think the other diners truly enjoyed this dish also.

I couldn’t go pass the pork ribs – we originally wanted beef but they had run out so opted for the pork. I love the ribs here at café ish, marinated in sake, soy, mirin and ginger and topped with corriander, fresh chili, shallots, sesame and black vinegar – it was just magnificient. It was SO succulent and tender the meat just fell off the bone and the sauce – S and I couldn’t help but dip everything in it! I think we both could have picked up the sauce and drunk the sauce! It was THAT good!

The skewer plater had three different types of skewers: two of each (from left to right), crocodile tail panko crumbed with japanese curry sauce; tofu, shitake mushrooms and spring onions; and grass fed mirragon wagyu with fresh tasmania wasabi and soy. My favourite had to be the crocodile tail followed by the wagyu beef which was succulent and just melted in my mouth.

S and T have never had their specialty – the soft shell crab omelette which is served with garlic, chili, soy, ginger dressing, avocado, shallots and lime. This would be my ‘usual’ if I had brunch at café ish on the weekends. It’s just too good to not have it. It’s a generous serving, deep fried soft shell crab with chunks of avocado and topped with shallots wrapped inside a thin layer of egg pancake and drizzled in chili, soy and ginger dressing is just excellent! The best soft shell crab omelette in Sydney!

Now dessert, we originally wanted the apple and munthari haru maki with butterscotch sauce and wattle macadamia ice cream and zen zai, which is chilled fruits, macadamia syyrup, rice dumplings, rosella jelly and red beans. However, they ran out of zen zai so Josh whipped up this wonderful yet refreshing pineapple dessert. Pineapple with passionfruits topped with sake granita! WOW. The pineapple were incredibly sweet, and the sake granita was light and refreshing. This was such a simple but wonderful dessert!

Instead of the apple and muthari haru maki, Josh made this magnificent dessert. This should definitely be on the menu! Toasted brioche with stewed apple, godzilla fruit and different types of berries topped with macadamia ice cream and butterscotch sauce (I think!). I have never heard of godzilla fruit so had to google it and they were absolutely delicious sweet! The brioche was sweet and topped with butterscotch sauce it was heavenly. A plate full of sweetness goodness – I had to refrain not to demolish this on my own, I wanted it on my own and could have probably eaten it all on my own! Greedy much? Yes!

It was great catching up with both S and T! They both definitely enjoyed the meal at Cafe Ish.

Thanks again Josh for a lovely meal and I look forward to visiting again shortly.

GA’s ratings: 8.5 / 10

Café Ish

82 Campbell Street

Surry Hills 2010

Ph: +61 2 9281 1688

Cafe Ish on Urbanspoon

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  1. March 24, 2011 at 12:23 am

    The Boy & I are going to Cafe Ish next weekend for dinner – I bought one of those Spreets vouchers and it’s quite a good deal…I just crossed checked the menu against your post to see that all the good stuff is there for us next weekend…everything is ‘cept for the prawns, but I think I’m just going to have to order them anyway. Cannot wait!

    • March 24, 2011 at 5:31 am

      hey mel! we’ve got some vouchers too but didnt use it that evening. so we’ll definitey be back.. you’ll love it!

  2. March 24, 2011 at 1:45 am

    I didn’t know there are other places that have soft shell crab omelette; I must seek these out! LOL

    My dad makes lamb cutlets just like those, pound thin and with a crunchy coating; they’re the best! 🙂

  3. Mel
    March 24, 2011 at 10:00 am

    Ooh how was Josh when you started taking photos? I have read reports of hostility when patrons whip out the camera. Is there some trick to ensuring a positive interaction with staff and getting some sweet pictures?

    • March 24, 2011 at 11:28 am

      Hey Mel… Thanks for dropping by! Every single time I always ask Josh if I can take photos and he appreciates it and says yes 🙂

  4. March 24, 2011 at 11:13 am

    havent tried their dinner menu yet! and I kept missing the all you can eat ribs 😦 must wait until next winter.

    • March 24, 2011 at 11:30 am

      Not sure if he is going to do the all u can ribs in winter anymore! Boooo

  5. March 24, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    How come you can always get to come to Cafe Ish, arrghh I got to admit I hate you 😀 (totally kidding!) At least send me their ribs, the wagyu burger, a few breakfast and some Numero Uno coffee (if they still use that!), and the saikyo miso king fish could be my daily meal!

    • March 24, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      LOL sorry! but cafe ish is only 3 mins walk from my place! will have some ribs and burger next time i am there for you? how about that 🙂

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