Ampersand Cafe and Bookstore, Surry Hills
Ampersand has recently opened a second bookstore / cafe in Surry Hills. This cafe is flashier, offers tapas-style plates and larger dishes for dinner and better yet, it has a cocktail bar!
Located on the busy street of Crown Street and right next to the library, the place was busy by the time we got there at about 12.30 – ish. Breakfast and lunch is served until 3pm, and the breakfast menu ranges from muesli, to breakfast crumple, to hotcakes, to eggs, cornfritters and many more. You can even order a ‘Morning-after Breakfast’ – bacon, eggs, mushroom, gourmet pork sausage, slow roasted tomato and sourdough toast with a Berocca! Perfect for a huge night of drinking and dancing!
It was my weekly catch up with B, and she suggested this place – she knew how much I really liked the Paddington cafe.
B started with her usual, bircher muesli served with fresh fruit salad and dessert yogurt ($11). Generous serving of muesli which has been soaked in juice and topped with a dollop of dessert yogurt and bite size fruit pieces – it certainly was a healthy brunch!
I couldn’t decide between the Ampersandian ($15) – crispy potato hash brown with thyme roasted field mushroom, semi dried roasted tomato, poached eggs and asparagus with a dash of béarnaise sauce and the wagyu beef burger ($17) with tomato, roquette, and pickles and tempura onion rings served with french fries. Unfortunately, I opt for the healthier option, the Ampersandian and when I saw one of the diners eating the wagyu beef burger, I had SERIOUS FOOD ENVY!!!! The burger would have been a better option.
Now the Ampersandian – looked a little ‘bare’ I thought! I asked for one egg instead of two and was given a side of bacon. Perfectly poached egg, overall, the dish was good but a little unappealing I thought.
The bacon was overly cooked and burnt to a crisp – the burger would definitely have been better!
The cafe is fancier, price slightly more expensive but I quite like the old rustic vibe of the old cafe. I do love the open windows, the nice breeze. Unfortunately I didn’t go upstairs to have a look at the books, think we were both exhausted and ready for an afternoon nap!
GA’s rating: 6 / 10
Ampersand Cafe and Bookstore
413 Crown Street
Surry Hills 2010
Ph: +61 2 9318 1116