When on holidays, especially catching up with old friends, there’s always the nights that went on too late coupled with the morning (more like midday) roll out of bed. Eventually you fall on the ground and climb back up then 5 minutes later you’re famished. It was our last morning in Sydney and we squeezed our final meal in before the airport. Le Monde Cafe in Surry Hills was packed. Like most places in Surry Hills there’s a waiting list and a line. Fortunately we didn’t have to wait too long for a seat.
The menu was rather exciting. A few classics but their signatures were things I don’t see much in Adelaide. My inner Asian was tempted by Matcha Hotcakes but I’m a savoury girl. Plus it’s the last day of calories not counting so go big or go home. I ordered the Crunchy Potato Rosti with smoked salmon. My friend had bacon with hers. I felt remotely healthier? I was expecting a hefty Sydney price tag but at $16 for that dish I gotta say it even beats Adelaide. I had thin potato rosti in my mind, like the ones Lenzerheide serve but out came this high patty of golden potato goodness. First thought was it could be raw in the middle. It was beautiful. Well seasoned, crispy on the outside and soft potato cooked all the way through. It also came with roasted cherry tomatoes, spinach, feta, a poached egg, sprouts and saffron hollandaise with crushed pistachio sprinkled over the plate. The whole dish was a delight to eat, enjoyable and perfectly done with different flavours and textures.
It was also totally acceptable there to have Confit Pork Belly for breakfast. Served on beetroot puree, it came with avocado salsa, roasted cherry tomatoes, pickled radish, poached eggs, orange sauce and a slice of toast. Quite the fancy breakfast also with a $16 price tag. I didn’t try this but my friend enjoyed it very much.
There’s also a selection of fresh juices and a good range of teas on the menu with a few of us at the table ordering the Detox Juice after a big weekend. I know I will probably end up trying different restaurants each time I go to Sydney but I think I’d like to come back to this one at some stage. Two thumbs up!
Le Monde Cafe
83 Foveaux Street
Surry Hills NSW
02 9211 3568