Le Monde Cafe, Surry Hills

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Le Monde is a well regarded cafe in the cafe mecca that is Surry Hills. Its baris­tas have topped and placed in mul­tiple cham­pi­on­ships, and the place itself was awar­ded a 3 Cup Rating as well as the Best Food Cafe Award by the Sydney Good Food Guide in 2011. I’m fours years late to the party, but if my exper­i­ence was any­thing to go by, the awards were well deserved.

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Given their repu­ta­tion for qual­ity cof­fee, I cast aside my usu­al aver­sion to drink­ing cof­fee past mid morn­ing to try their iced latte ($4). This is one of the most enjoy­able cof­fees I’ve had. The fla­vours are full and round, and such a pleas­ure to drink (as opposed to being merely fuel to keep one awake).

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I ordered the Potato Rosti for lunch, which had smoked sal­mon, baby spin­ach, feta, poached egg, hol­landaise sauce and pista­chio ($16).

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Rostis are my new favour­ite thing — they’re like hash browns on crack, ie abso­lutely deli­cious. And this was no excep­tion. The poached egg sat atop like a scoop of ice cream and was beau­ti­fully runny when cut. I really enjoyed the smoked sal­mon here — some­times it can be more flaky and pink like cooked sal­mon than smoked, but this hit the spot. The pista­chios added a pleas­ant crunch and nut­ti­ness to the dish.

While there’s usu­ally some­thing I’d like left out of a dish or replaced, I could not fault this potato rosti (or the cof­fee!). Le Monde sure knows what it’s doing.

Le Monde Cafe is loc­ated at 83 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010.