Sometimes your day doesn’t work out as planned, but the alternative activities are pretty top notch anyway.
The intention was to attend the Flour Market – what I imagined to by an enormous hipster bake sale – a pastry and cake version of the Finders Keepers Market (here). We arrived at the location some time after 10, and promptly bailed since the line was ridiculous. I had also been usefully informed by another friend that it perhaps was not worth waiting in line – which made the parting easier, haha.
Instead, my friend led us to Rustic Pearl, which I have walked by a hundred times but never would have tried. There is a 15 minute wait, you leave your number and they actually call you when your table is ready. Granted, this is probably a tiny bit troublesome for staff when they’re busy, but I greatly appreciate it – it’s a system that is SUPERIOR TO ANY OTHER WAIT LIST SYSTEM.
It’s a beautiful sunny day and we get a table ouside. Service is friendly and relatively fast, but we find out throughout the meal that we need to be a bit more specific about what we order.
The lemonade was the highlight – “there’s a fruit salad in my lemonade!” – it’s refreshing, with the perfect amount of sweet to sour. The cappuccino had a very airy foam, which disappeared fast (not ideal). I didn’t get a photo of my friend’s chai – she had ordered a chai latte, but they only have brewed chai with soy (which the waitress had forgotten to mention).
Sucuk is a spicy turkish sausage, much like chorizo. The egg yolk was nicely soft, and the pomegranate molasses added a fruity sweetness. I think this is the sort of dish that has just the right balance of fresh and richer ingredients.
The omelette was fluffy, with a generous amount of wagyu and mozzarella inside. The smoked wagyu was very similar to corned beef and the tomato relish added sweetness, and lifted the heavier omelette. Skordalia is not something I have encountered before – it was like a pesto and had a nice garlic flavour – though it seems that traditionally it’s somewhat creamier and has a potato/garlic base. The bacon dust added extra flavour, and it came with a side of white sourdough.
The hollandaise was creamy, with a slight tang from lemon. There was also a good deal of lobster meat, and the eggs were perfectly poached. The chilli also also added a nice heat.
I notice that they serve Pepe Saya butter – which has a fantastic reputation as a handmade, artisanal butter – and decide that we must try it (along with multiple sides of toast). You can see how they make their butter here. The butter is creamy and rich – there is only sourdough on the menu, which I think makes it difficult to discern the full flavour of the butter.
It’s a busy cafe with an eager lunch crowd, and a perfect place to spend a morning. Surry Hills Market was on that weekend with a good range of food, clothes, and collectibles on offer. I am inexplicably pleased to pick up an adorable Peter Rabbit toy for $4, and a double scoop of Messina to top off the day.
415 Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph | 0406 930 083
Website | http://www.rusticpearl.com.au/