Devon Cafe is one of my favourite cafes in Sydney; I have been here for breakfast countless times (due to its close proximity to Central Station and to occasionally treat myself to something special before work just because it's Devon). Devon Cafe has a knack of coming up with new crowd-pleasing dishes that keep showing up on Instagram feeds, thanks to people like me. These 'greatest hits' include the likes of Devon's Ultimate Toastie, Lost Little Bread, Eggs Blini and Breakfast with the Sakumas.
Devon Cafe is now in its second week of offering its new dinner menu (or Devon by Night) on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays nights. Head chef Zachary Tan has created a menu that features dishes that are influenced by his Malaysian heritage. Zach informs us that a tasting menu is being planned and is not on offer yet. So for the time being, only an a la carte menu is available.
|Devon by Night's Malaysian inspired menu calls for South East Asian beer|
We sat at the back of the cafe, which had a cool, grungy feel with walls grafittied in funky street art. The lighting in this area however is not the greatest; but with the assistance of M and her trusty mobile phone light, there was the necessary lighting for 3 food bloggers to happily snap away. Thanks M for being patient with us, particularly with our fussing over what the optimal angle for each plate of food is!
|Kacang Puteh - spiced fried chickpeas ($3)|
|Chargrilled corn, coffee miso butter ($4 each)|
|KJI fried chicken - Korean style chicken wings, go chujang and peanut sauce ($15)|
Next up was a definite crowd favourite in KJI fried chicken. The chicken wings were coated in a very crispy batter and served with a sweet and sour go chujang sauce with peanuts for us to smother the chicken wings in.
|Sate babi - Penang Hainanese style pork sate with a sweet potato sauce ($16)|
|Devon's lobster roll - lobster, radish, tatsoi, kewpie ($15.50 each)|
|Chargrilled jumbo prawns with Penang Hokkien mee flavours ($29)|
More chargilled goodness! The chargrilled jumbo prawns were finger licking good; they were sweet, meaty and smokey. The prawns came with a dipping sauce containing spicy, tangy Penang Hokkien mee flavours. But the prawns arrived with their heads decapitated (so unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to suck up its wonderful head juices).
|Aunty Yulia's short ribs - beef short ribs slow cooked in Indonesian sweet soy with spicy tomato and basil relish ($28)|
|Yes, the meat falls right off the bone!|
|Chinese egg custard, shiitake, fungus, yellow needle flower, Chinese fried bread and Perigord black truffle ($29)|
|Digging in! Spoonful of trufflely goodness!|
Dessert time! We made a conscious effort to leave enough room for dessert, so we decided to order 2 of each dessert to share between the four of us.
|Fried ice cream bao ($7 each)|
First dessert is a fried vanilla ice cream coated with coconut, covered with kaya jam and served in a bao. The bao was soft and fluffy. And the coconut flavours were delicious. But unfortunately the ice cream had completely melted and ran all the way down our hands by the time we took our first bite. So this dessert felt like eating fried coconut batter in a bun rather than having fried ice cream.
|Popsicles ($6 each)|
These were tamarind and chilli popsicles. They were refreshing and had a pleasant sweet and tangy flavour with a nice chilli aftertaste. The taste of the popsicles reminded me of hua mei (Chinese preserved plums), a childhood favourite of mine.
|Coconut jelly, guava sorbet, freeze dried pineapple ($11)|
Highlight: Coconut jelly, guava sorbet, freeze dried pineapple. And egg custard with fresh WA Perigord black truffle.
Lowlight: No bookings are taken for Devon by Night and the popular items (such as lobster rolls and egg custard) sell out on busy nights, so grab a table early to avoid disappointment.
Overall: It was a fantastic night out at Devon by Night filled with lots of delicious food that's ideal for sharing. Most of the dishes we tried were enjoyable; I think it's time to include the lobster rolls, the truffle egg custard and the coconut jelly with guava sorbet on Devon's growing list of "greatest hits". 7/10 (Great)
Address: 76 Devonshire St, Surry Hills NSW 2010
Contact no: 02 9211 8777