Bite-sized Summary: Pooch friendly, perfectly sunlit and offering breakfast cocktails alongside aptly named dishes like “I’m So Bondi, It Hurts!”. The team behind Cuckoo Callay clearly aren’t afraid to have a little fun, and judging by the waitlist, Sydneysiders are loving it too!
Occupying a lively corner on Crown Street, opposite the Clock Hotel and Surry Hills library, a trimmed square of lawn buzzes with people waiting for a table. A light and bright, double-storey building marked by their signature pops of pink boasts an open terrace somewhat reminiscent of a summery bar rather than a breakfast spot.
Me So Horny, Miso Bad
In the midst of a miso eggplant obsession, the cheekily named “Me So Horny, Miso Bad” was a necessary order. Consisting of miso glazed pumpkin and eggplant salad served with shallots, goats feta and toasted buckwheat ($19). Sweet, sticky and delicious, this dish was perfectly accompanied by a fresh salad, bursting with flavour and tang from the goats feta.
With a number of international ingredients scattered across the menu, Cuckoo Callay manages to create a quirky, exciting menu unique to the diversity that defines Sydney. There aren’t many places that you’ll find cardamom spiced ricotta alongside pickled daikon, across from strawberry pop tarts, gruyere cheese and my favourite – kimchi!
With a number of international ingredients scattered across the menu, Cuckoo Callay manages to create a quirky, exciting menu unique to the diversity that defines Sydney.
Cheese Kimchi! ($18) features soft folds of scrambled eggs with fermented chilli, shiitake mushrooms, goats cheese croquette, house-made kimchi and crispy shallots on rye. The eggs were about as perfect as scrambled eggs get with a creamy, silky texture, which paired nicely with the crispy shallots and that delicious goats cheese croquette. On its own, its a nice breakfast albeit nothing special, however, when eaten together with the kimchi, its a standout! I would love to see the kimchi incorporated throughout rather than served on the side, especially considering it stars in the name of the dish.
A cafe which I love for their inventive, unique dishes and fun spirit. Displaying fantastic technique and a focus on vibrant, eclectic flavour, Cuckoo Callay has risen to become one of Sydney’s best. Located in the heart of Surry Hills, its the perfect spot to partake in some dogspotting, while sipping on mimosas and facing the almost impossible decision of choosing what to eat.
This post is based on an independently paid visit to Cuckoo Callay, Surry Hills.
413-415 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010
02 8399 3679
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