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Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

Oh Surry Hills. I thank you for your steep, hilly streets – they make all the delicious food I ate in your suburb negligible. Kind of. Not really.

But it’s a good thing we spent so much time in this particular suburb of Sydney, as we discovered gems like PorteñoLumiere Cafe and Patisserie and Izakaya Fujiyama.

Another place to add to the list is Mad Spuds, a little cafe on Crown street, devoted to the potato.

I’m all for it, as the potato holds a special place in my heart. I’m pretty sure potatoes are my favourite carb of all.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

Potato paraphenalia lines the walls and counter tops.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

I particularly loved this photograph of an original King Edward baked potato oven.

Fun fact I found out after our visit: baked potatoes were common street food in 18th century England. They were the fast food of the time, and a hearty meal that was cheap to produce. Carbs were important fuel for the growing numbers of workers flocking to cities in search of fortune during the industrial revolution.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

I opted for something simple that morning, and chose two poached eggs on sourdough toast ($8), with a side of pork sausages ($4).

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

The eggs were cooked just to my liking, with softly set whites and bright orange yolks that oozed perfectly.

The pork sausages were plump and cooked until crisp. They were cased in perfectly ‘bursty’ skins – which I consider an essential component of snag perfection.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

J’s Chorizo Bruschetta ($16), comes piled high with tatti bread, grilled halloumi, chorizo, fig jam and rocket. I was eyeing off the crisp golden tatti bread from the moment it arrived, and luckily for me, the rules of engaged people dictate that all requests for tatti bread must be honoured.

Crispy, light and yet satisfyingly chewy. Mmm… potatoes certainly are magical.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

TFP’s Mad Pan Brekkie ($16) comes to the table in its own skillet, filled with Boston baked beans, potato skins, pork sausages, poached eggs and toast.

The beans are lovely – with just the right kick, and go perfectly with the eggs and sausages.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

We also shared a serve of Cheesy Crispy Spud Skins ($4); a brave move for three people already enjoying hearty breakfasts.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

Another notable mention is the great coffee on offer at Mad Spuds – it’s made from locally roasted fair trade beans, from Double Roasters in Marrickville. Lovely!

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

Mad Spuds also offer some tasty sounding Baked Potatoes, which are available for lunch. Though we thoroughly enjoyed our breakfast, I know we were all wishing it was lunch time.

Mad Spuds Cafe, Surry Hills

Next time I’m in town, you can be sure I’ll be stopping by. But I think we’d better make it lunch.

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Read TFP’s post about Mad Spuds Cafe


Breakfast at Bills, Surry Hills

We woke up on our second morning in Sydney with only one thing in mind – breakfast.

And it wouldn’t have been a visit to Sydney without breakfast at Bills, the Sydney institution that made breakfast the meal du jour, thanks to Bill Granger’s creamy scrambled eggs and fluffy hotcakes. For the moment, I’ll ignore the inability to use an apostrophe correctly (but my finger will itch to hit the apostrophe every time I type ‘Bills’).

Bills own organic coffee from single origin roasters, soy flat white, $4.40

We sat at a sunny table outside and got down to business. J and I both started with coffees, and TFP enjoyed a freshly squeezed orange juice.

Freshly squeezed orange juice, $6.50

At $6.50 a glass, Bill’s OJ is not the cheapest around, but it certainly was tasty (I ordered one after my coffee). Every thrifty cell in my being was screaming ‘$6.50?!’ but after tasting it, I didn’t mind so much. Bill’s OJ is sweet, definitely freshly squeezed, and with all offending pulp strained out. Worth it. 

Scrambled eggs with sourdough toast, $13.50

J had to order Bill’s famous scrambled eggs. Scrambled eggs are one of the dishes which made Bill’s breakfast famous, and it’s no wonder. They’re light and creamy, with a soft curdy texture – without being too set or unpleasantly runny.

Don’t let the picture above fool you. They look almost well done, but they yield easily, having been made with lashings of cream. I’ve checked out Bill’s recipe, and he instructs cooks to avoid over-stirring, to aim for softly folded curds.

These eggs are perfect with the hearty sourdough toast served alongside.

Sweet corn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon, $18.50

TFP chose another Bills classic – the sweet corn fritters, which were served with roasted tomato, fresh spinach and bacon.  

These fritters were bound in a light batter with no sogginess in sight. I must try Bill’s recipe – they really showcased the sweet flavour of the corn.

Ricotta hotcakes with fresh banana, honeycomb butter and maple syrup, $17.50

I wouldn’t say I’m usually a sweet breakfast kinda gal. Sure, I like a pancake as much as the next person, but I’m generally more inclined to be ravenous and will usually pick a full English (or similar). 

On my first ever visit to Bills, I decided it was time to dispense with my “usual” and go with my gut. And my gut was telling me it had to be hotcakes.

The description of fresh banana (so elusive since Cyclone Yasi) and drool-worthy honeycomb butter was simply too hard to resist.

The hotcakes were feather-light and fluffy, and if I were more of a guts, I would have surely ordered another round. The sweet combination of honeycomb butter, fresh banana and sticky maple syrup was perfect.

Sidenote: I’ve just spotted the recipe for the hotcakes on Chocolate Suze’s blog and am now hatching plans to make some of my own this weekend…yum :)

All in all, a lovely meal, which is now firmly cemented in my mind as the quintessential Sydney breakfast.

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For information about other locations around Sydney and overseas, visit Bills website

Hey Juji, don’t you live in Perth? What’s with all the Sydney posts?

My sister TFP, my fiance J and I recently went on a ten day holiday to Sydney. Food was high on our agenda, and we visited lots of great places.
I’ll be posting the highlights from each day, so stay tuned!

Read about our other food adventures in Sydney