Reuben Hills, Surry Hills

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I’d been past Reuben Hills on the express bus between Eddy Avenue at Central and UNSW thou­sands of times in the past 8 years, and it wasn’t until K star­ted insist­ing that I needed to try their baked eggs some 8 months ago, that we ven­tured in one week in early August.

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Of course, I get the soft baked eggs ($18) with jamon, kale, ranchero and rye. K was right — this is a super tasty dish. There was a mildly spicy heat to the ranchero and togeth­er with the runny eggs, made dip­ping the bread in a dream. I’m usu­ally snub rye bread and stub­bornly stick to my white bread because it tastes bet­ter, and here, I didn’t even mind! The jamon added pleas­ant hints of salt­i­ness, and the wil­ted kale green added a healthy splash of colour.

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Always on the lookout for inter­est­ing drinks, I spot the cacao cold brew ($5). I was expect­ing some­thing dark­er col­oured (like sar­sa­parilla) so was sur­prised to receive some­thing the col­our of beer. It’s very slightly bit­ter (but not like cocoa), with subtle cit­rus and very earthy notes. It’s not sweetened (and I could ima­gine it tast­ing amaz­ing with sug­ar, although not a flavored sweeten­er like honey) and its refresh­ing qual­it­ies remind of bar­ley tea that make it the per­fect drink for summer.

Reuben Hills is loc­ated at 61 Albion Street, Surry Hills NSW 2010.