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Devon Café, North Sydney

I had heard good things about Devon in Surry Hills for the longest time, but never managed to get there.  But now I don’t have to, as they have – wisely! – crossed the bridge. North Sydney, for a long time a concrete jungle ghost town outside of 9 to 5,  is slowly but surely coming to life with the spate of new apartments, and places like Devon are well placed for this.  Unlike Surry Hills, the northern sibling is also open for dinner.

On a few visits, I’ve made my way through tasting a fair bit of the unique breakfast/brunch menu – with help from the Marito, Small People, and friends, I didn’t eat this all myself!  There are a lot of bold and gutsy flavours, not much shyness here.  And I love the generosity of their serves, none of this teensy tiny business. A breakfast here accompanied by one of their good cups of coffee and I’m full for the day,

The Marito was a big fan of the Devon Fish Cake and had it two visits in a row – the cake was salmon and potato with a nice crisp to the outside, served with a poached egg, a full bodied yuzu aioli and a watercress and cabbage slaw.

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Salmon is on show again with “Breakfast with the Sakumas” (named after the politician I’m guessing?) – salmon grilled with miso, an eel croquette, a 63 degree egg, radish and kewpi mayonnaise. Delicious but very rich.

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The Croissant St Denis is pure morning indulgence.  An omelette with lobster, prawn and caviar, served with a very punchy seafood bisque.  Soak up the bisque with the flaky, buttery croissant and you’ll have a very good day indeed.

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Get some pork on your fork with Piggy Banc –  free range pork belly,  pork + fennel sausage, hasselback potato, roast fennel and peas

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If it’s something of the more “straight up” variety you’re after, that is not an issue.  Good old scrambled and fried eggs are on offer, and they are huge – they even satisfied my bottomless pit Small People.

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Plenty to choose from on the lunch menu too.  I love the playful take on Italian in the name of “ragu alla Sichuanese” – coriander tagliolini, chilli mince pork, peanuts, burrata, slow cooked egg. Silky noodles with a good kick.

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For something lighter try the poke bowl, and again a very generous serve. Sashimi king salmon, brown rice, avocado (get your mortgage in order), salmon caviar, seaweed, edamame beans, cucumber and kale
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Devon Café North Sydney, 36 Blue St North Sydney. Ph 02 8971 0377

http://www.devoncafe.com.au

Five Points Burgers, North Sydney

I’ve often said that in Sydney, people will travel for food. Armed with a Google Maps or a GPS, we will hunt down that laneway, that side street, the underground bar. Whether it is in the CBD or some suburb we can’t pronounce and have never been to, we will go to extraordinary lengths to track down and try something new. Sometimes it is only one dish, one slice of cake, a certain drink that drives us Sydneysiders in our – frankly occasionally crazy – food pursuits and our willingness to stand in a very long queue.

So when a Heston Blumenthal alumni opens a burger joint in a North Sydney street of largely office blocks that doesn’t get a lot of foot traffic and not much other retail nearby, word spreads quickly and I find a ridiculous number of people in a small space and a line out the door. I heard that Eastern suburbs residents even crossed the harbour bridge to come here.

Five Points is the new burger hotspot with Tomislav Martinovic as the “consultant chef”. Yes, TM worked for Heston – and more recently had his own hatted restaurant in Sydney – so I can’t help but wonder if I’m going to get an actual burger or just something that looks like a burger.

Its American style – probably American calories too but what the hell, I contemplate walking back to the CBD afterwards and feel justified in getting burger, chips and a milkshake. Of course I don’t actually do that but it is the thought that counts. Your choices are the Manhattan, the Bronx, Queens and Staten Island. Being in Sydney I do think they could still throw in a bit of a patriotic ‘Straya burger with a bit of beetroot.

I go for the Bronx Burger – it’s big, it’s juicy, and it’s delicious with the right amount of mustard and sauce so its not just a drippy mess; the bun has a good consistency and is not sugary like some brioche burger buns have been of late. The chips have decent crunch though are underseasoned, and unfortunately they have no slaw available that day to try. The salted caramel milkshake has a proper amount of flavour without being sickeningly sweet.   Despite the queue, my order does arrive reasonably quickly.  I know the next time I’m at Aldi in North Sydney buying the occasional random stuff like a slab of marble or garden gnome with built in lighting I’ll be enticed into trying the other boroughs.Fivepointsburger

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Five Points, 124 Walker Street, North Sydney

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