Monday, August 31, 2009

Eatability gets it right again

For what it's worth, I think is a very reliable source of dining info and would highly recommend it to all lovers of food out there. Stuck for an idea as to where to have breakfast on Saturday morning, Junior and I decided to consult eatability and it led us on an adventure to Strangers With Candy.

Strangers With Candy is a quirky little cafe off the beaten track in East Redfern which got consistently great reviews for their food so I just had to give it a try. Admittedly, Junior was more trepidatious about the move but let's just say it was all worth it in the end.

Both of us started with the obligatory double macchiatos. They use Neoma Coffee which I have not had previously. It was well made and very drinkable but I found the actual roast was not strong enough for my personal taste.

The breakfast menu is very small compared to the broadsheet sized options you can get in many cafes these days however they obviously stick to what they know and do it damn well.

It was a difficult decision between the Bruschetta with San Marino Proscuitto and Beetroot Relish or the Smoked Salmon with Horseradish Cream and Eggplant Caviar but the latter won in the end.

Junior enjoyed the scrambled eggs with chorizo sausage and mushrooms on the side.

I would highly recommend the bruschetta option as it offers a nice alternative to the usual eggs and toast combos. I suspect that my salmon may have been wild salmon as opposed to farmed as it was really flavoursome and the texture was nice and firm. The horseradish cream had just the right amount of zing and the dish was balanced nicely with the rocket, capers and a lovely eggplant caviar. Altogether a very satisfying combination and the portion was generous enough to feel full but not overly full. Will definitely order that again but next time I definitely want to try one of the other bruschetta options.

Junior enjoyed his breakfast with the highlight being the baby button mushrooms which were left whole and sauteed with distinct rosemary and thyme (isn't there a song somewhere in that?!)- extremely more-ish indeed. His chorizo sausage was also fantastic but he found the scrambled eggs to be ever so slightly overcooked and not as fluffy as others he has previously tried. The toast options available were white, multi-grain or Turkish and whilst you may think I am biased towards sourdough (mmm sourdough), even Junior would've preferred it to the options available.

Verdict: All in all, the high quality produce and no fuss plating plus friendly service, lets good food do all the talking. Also worth checking out their lunch/dinner options.

Strangers With Candy
96 Kepos Street
East Redfern NSW 2016
(02)9698 6000


  1. I loooove Strangers with Candy! Try some of thier baked goodies. Very good!

  2. Thanks for your comment. I can't wait to try there again. Enjoyed your blog also!

  3. I walked there 3 times with a hangover when I lived in Surry Hills. All 3 times they were shut... :(


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