Cowbell 808, Surry Hills, Sydney
My mission on the ONE weekend I had in Sydney was to hit up new cafes and enjoy the scene. Cowbell 808 was on that list. Cowbell 808 is located in the residential side of Bourke Street – you can’t miss it, the place was pumping! There were many diners sitting outside sipping their coffees and watching the world go by and people queuing to dine inside.
Cowbell 808 serves breakfast all day which I love! I’m trying to cut down my intake of eggs, so thought I would have something different – like fried chicken! Besan Fried Chicken with cauliflower slaw, harissa, sunflower seed ($16). The chicken was tender but the chicken was not crispy enough for my liking – it was a little soggy actually – and 3 pieces of small chicken? I did enjoy the cauliflower slaw though. I still prefer the chicken wings at Milk Bar by Café ish!
‘The Mother’ wasn’t overly hungry so opt for the carrot, pear and cinnamon loaf ($4.50). It was moist and slathered with butter was actually quite tasty.
G had the fat stacked ricotta hotcakes ($14) – two fat stacked ricotta hotcakes, mascarpone, bacon ice-cream and espresso syrup – OH MY! What a large serving. I have heard wonderful things about the hotcakes, however, I have to admit, I wasn’t a fan. Neither was G. the hotcakes were too thick, I prefer them slightly thin, and the espresso syrup we didn’t enjoy. The bacon ice-cream was interesting though, I have to say, this was not for me!
I was a little disappointed with my fried chicken – I expected more, shame, as I was craving fried chicken. Would I go back? Maybe to try their eggs and baki cured ocean trout, but the fried chicken and ricotta hotcakes was definitely not for me. I still prefer Bills hotcakes even though the price is higher, it is still the best hotcakes in Sydney!
Shame, service was uber duber friendly! The food did take a while to come out though but the people service was fantastic! Thanks for looking after us!
GA’s ratings: 6 / 10
616 Bourke Street
Surry Hills 2010
Ph: +61 2 9698 5044