I think everyone who lives in Surry Hills goes a little nuts when a new brunch place opens. Here’s my take on why:
- The Surry Hills crowd are a fickle bunch and always love something new
- With one more cafe opening, this could potentially spread the crowds out so we don’t have to wait half an hour for a table on weekends
- Why not get excited about another place opening that has the potential to be better than the last place that opened?
- You can never have too many places to get brunch
So now we have Cowbell 808 and yes, I’m going a little nuts over it. It’s not far from my house, it’s a great little space and the staff are lovely. But what about the food, Fasheems? (for some reason, people I know have started calling me this) From my experience so far, the food is good. And I hear stellar things about this burger. I was so close to ordering it and usually I don’t have issues with eating anything at anytime, but I felt like maybe I was pushing things if I ordered a burger at 10am in the morning. Regrets. I should have done it.
Anyway, the baked eggs may have had a little too much labneh in it, but just dip the flatbread in it and it’s fiiiine. Just be careful as the eggs are so hot you may burn your tongue because you’re too impatient to wait till it cools down and because it looks too good and because you’re hungry.
We also tried the egg and bacon sambo. How can you go wrong with this bad boy? Well, you can’t really. I liked how they mixed it up a bit and had scrambled eggs in the sandwich instead of fried. They were so creamy and tasty they could have been eaten on their own as the star to its own meal. Next time I’m trying their famed ricotta hotcakes with bacon ice cream, mascarpone and espresso syrup because how good does that sound? Perfect Sunday morning meal.
As with all Surry Hills cafes, get there early if you don’t want to wait or just don’t go on weekends. But I do suggest you give Cowbell 808 a go, I think it’s a keeper.
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