Excelsior Jones, Ashfield
So we are back in Sydney for a bit and there is nothing I miss than a good café and a good breakfast! The last time we were back was last November and I made sure I went to a lot of café, and ate good food, and no doubt I will do the same this time round!
Excelsior Jones has been open for a few months now, Anthony Svilicich and James Naylor (both ex Le Monde) co-owns this place. It’s always nice to find nice cafes in residential streets in suburbs outside of Surry Hills – although, I really do miss my hood!
The coffee here is pretty good – latte
I couldn’t go pas the butterscotch milkshake – asked for half sweet and it was perfect.
The breakfast menu was vast, there is something from everyone and it ranged from muesli, to eggs, to pancakes. Lunch menu doesn’t start till 12 and they won’t take your order until it is 12!
I couldn’t go past the pork hock with pearl shallots, fried buckwheat, poached eggs and fresh herbs. The shredded pork was tender, the perfectly cut, crisp potatoes were soft and melted in your mouth. The poached egg was definitely a wonderful complement.
The classic eggs benedict with black forest gypsy ham, hollandaise celery salt was also excellent. The hollandaise sauce was one of the nicest I have had this year – that’s not saying much as I have yet to find a good one in Hong Kong.
The grass-fed Angus beef cheeseburger did not disappoint. The patty was juicy and cooked to perfection, the melted Gruyere cheese was a wonderful complement. Not to mention the crispy fried potato wedges – this would be a perfect hangover food!
I didn’t have any of the slow roasted lamb, kumera, watercress, salsa verde sandwich – but I was told that it was excellent.
How can one say no to crinkle cut fries with tomatoes and aioli? Definitely not me!
Service was good, it does get extremely busy around peak hour but we didn’t have to wait long. We were told 15 – 20 mins and we were seated in about 5 minutes which was fantastic. Lots of space, they have a high chair for kids and food is pretty excellent. Will definitely be back and try the pancakes – they looked good!
GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10
139a Queen Street
Ashfield, NSW 2131