There are certain things you can’t get enough of: thank yous, vacation days and shoes might be on your list. Truffles are grocery store gold and a culinary treasure it’s nearly impossible to overdose on. Just the thought of truffles is enough to get me going Forrest Gump style on the topic. You can shave it, sliver it or slice it. There’s fresh truffle, truffle oil, truffle salt. Scrambled, preserved, pureed. There’s truffle fondue, truffle risotto, fresh truffle pasta, truffle grilled cheese, truffle scrambled eggs, lobster and truffle, truffle ravioli, trout with truffle butter, brie with truffles, truffled macaroni and cheese. The best chefs know how to unleash pure truffle magic.
Lucky for us we happened to be ambling through Sydney’s hip Surry Hills ‘burb when we stumbled upon Devon Café. The restaurant’s motto caught our attention, “Devon runs on love and laughter with cups of strong coffee and good food,” but truth be told we were hooked as soon as we found out they had a special seasonal truffle time menu.
We decided to nip our jet lag in the bud by kicking things off with terrific cappuccinos.
…and then the real work began. We ordered the perfectly proportioned ultimate toastie and dove in head first. It was a luscious mix of sautéed mushrooms, gruyere cheese, fried eggs and sourdough topped with a generous helping of shaved black truffle. We handed a very clean (not licked, but almost licked) plate back to our server.
Our next feat was tackling Zac’s croissant. While we never met him, we have to say thank you Zac! The plate came loaded with a croissant, scrambled eggs, truffle oil, bacon and shaved truffles from Western Australia (WA).
In addition to Devon Café, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across Australia.
If you aren’t aware, truffles are quite the booming business over in WA, see ABC.au, “WA truffle growers expecting record harvest as production soars to 8.5 tonnes.”
If truffles aren’t your thing, please send your truffles our way. Devon Café also serves up traditional dishes like eggs pretty much any way you want them cooked, croque monsieurs and a wide range of pastries.
Our bellies were quite full as we headed for the door, but we were tempted to snag a few of the freshly baked pastries for the road.
In our minds, if truffles are buried gastronomic treasure, then Devon Café just might be Australia’s undisputed king of truffle brekkie.
76 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills, New South Wales (NSW) Australia 2010
Hours: Monday Through Friday 7:00am to 4:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 8:00am to 3:30pm, Public Holidays 8:00am to 3:30pm (Kitchen Closes at 3:00pm)
Phone: 02 9211 8777
Pricing (All in Australian Dollars or AUD): Breakfast Items $7.00 to $26.00, Sides $3.50 to $7.00 *The truffle menu we dined off of was seasonal, so prices listed are for the regular menu.
Devon Café also has a Bangaroo location at: Shop 19, 200 Barangaroo Avenue (on the corner of Merchantile Walk and Scotch Row next to St Gerge Bank) Bangaroo, New South Wales (NSW) Australia 2000