Devon on Danks in Waterloo is the cooler sibling to Devon in Surry Hills. It has the coveted cronuts and the soft serves in their dizzying array of flavours, a more extensive brunch menu, and of course, they’re open for dinner.
Devon on Danks continues the theme started by Breakfast with the Sakumas at Surry Hills with Brunching with the Sakumas ($27), ‘roasted king salmon, potato noodle, clam and miso butter, onsen egg, furikake, enoki, chives’.
The dish was every bit as tasty as it sounded. The salmon was just cooked, that is, as close to raw as possible without actually being raw, so had the perfect silky-smooth texture. And the salmon skin? It was salty and super crispy, a delicious contrast to the melt in your mouth texture of the flesh. I could get used to eating cooked fish if it tasted like this! The potato noodles disguised enoki mushrooms cooked in miso butter — mushrooms and butter are a match made in heaven — and there was a generous number of clams (4−5) hidden in the noodles. The oozy yolk went well brought the potato noodles and enoki together beautifully. This was one tasty, albeit expensive, dish.
I was looking forward to trying one of their kronnies, but they’d sold out of all the special flavours with only one pork floss one left. No worries, though, as the same special flavours feature in their brioche donuts (3 for $7.20).
This is strawberry cheesecake. It comes with a sweet cream cheese filling, a syringe of strawberry jam, and a dusting of pretty pink sugar. With the injection of strawberry jam, it’s a very moist donut. It’s tasty though, and tastes just like a strawberry cheesecake (the frozen, not the baked type). The brioche sits in as a softer crumb base.
This is the coconut jam aka kaya. Doesn’t this look like a takoyaki? It’s filled with coconut jam, drizzled in a sticky coconut caramel, and topped with toasted coconut. The coconut jam is rich in coconut flavour and goes well with the brioche — it’s just like a piece of bite sized kaya toast with extra gooey caramel and crunchy coconut texture.
This is the oreo. It’s filled with a chocolate flavoured cream, and dusted with crushed Oreos. This was far less sweet than I expected of a chocolate flavoured donut. The Oreo biscuit dusting was unsweetened just like real Oreos, and the innards was pleasantly light.
Devon on Danks is out of the way, but it certainly doesn’t disappoint the tastebuds.
Devon on Danks is located at 2 Danks St, Waterloo NSW 2017.