Breakfast with the Sakuma’s at Devon is a major draw card. It’s the dish K keeps coming back to and N looked forward after I tell her of my visit with K.
The Breakfast with the Sakuma’s ($26) is miso grilled king salmon, smoked eel croquette, 63° egg, radish petit salad and kewpie mayonnaise. There are distinctly Japanese flavours to the dish (especially in the eel croquette) and the salmon was grilled to perfection — medium rare. N enjoyed the dish and described as being very easy to eat.
I went for the Eggs Blini ($20), a buckwheat blini with cured king salmon, salmon caviar, brocollini, Mikado sauce and poached eggs.
This blini is my first foray into savoury pancakes, and it was delicious! The blini was fluffy, and while cakey on its own, that didn’t matter because it was tasty once it soaked up all the gooey eggy innards. The Mikado sauce (a hollondaise sauce with a mandarin twist) was added a subtle acidity to the dish. The brocollini was fresh and sweet — brocollini are a much tastier version of brocolli — and the cured king salmon and salmon caviar added pops of saltiness to the dish. All in all, a beautiful balance of flavours. And so pretty too!
Then on a subsequent visit, I had the Little Lost Toast ($17) — brioche French toast, triple chocolate, caramelized banana, and salted caramel ice cream.
Yes, I had dessert for lunch. Every other visit, I’d listened to D’s voice inside my head reminding me not to eat desssert for lunch ’cause I’ll feel terrible afterwards from the sugar crash. But not this time! (I did order a side of bacon as protein to ward off the sugar crash though…)
Everything about this French toast is amazing. The brioche is pillowy soft. The egg coating the brioche is crunchy. The salted caramel ice cream had the consistency of a gelato, so as to be almost refreshing against the the bread and the chocolate. The caramelised banana was so soft and delicious that I forgot my general aversion to fresh bananas — this may well be the only way I’ll eat bananas in the future! And the triple chocolate (white chocolate ganache, dark chocolate syrup, hot chocolate powder) had the perfect bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the rest of the plate.
As for drinks, I went with the Iced Orange Mocha ($6), a cold pressed coffee with house made chocolate orange reduction. It tasted like a liquid jaffle — the orange notes really sing through with it’s tangy flavour, while chocolate added sweetness to the slight bitterness of the coffee. While it’s not something I’d want to drink everyday, the iced orange mocha was enjoyable and pleasant. And it’s totally true that cold brewed coffee has higher levels of caffeine than hot brewed coffee.
Next, I had the Mulled Cascara ($5.50), a hot tea made from dried coffee cherries (or the dried berries of coffee beans). I’d been curious about it previously, so I finally tried it. It tastes nothing like coffee — it’s sweet and tastes a bit like slow-cooked overly ripened cherries. It’s mulled, so there’s definite hints of spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. I’d be curious to taste straight brewed cascara, although I can’t say for certain whether I like or dislike the taste at the moment. It’s not unpleasant and an acquired taste, definitely — I’d need to try it a couple more times to decide.
With the French toast, I had a matcha latte ($4). This was a decent matcha latte, although it was on the milky side. I prefer matcha lattes to be creamier (almost like a dessert) and richer in flavour (on the brink of being too bitter).
Overall, Devon Cafe is as good as people say. It certainly doesn’t disappoint!
Devon Cafe is located at 76 Devonshire St, Surry Hills NSW 2010.