Pablo’s Vice is a bargain gem and one of the oldest continuous running cafes in Surry Hills. The cafe began as a refreshment store, before espresso was a thing in Sydney. Pablo’s Vice has continued to offer honest and comforting Australian food, along with the ever popular daily coffee. This joint is literally a hole in the wall with counter and stools out front as well as some tables and benches fixed to the front wall and a few inside as well. It is a great spot to hang, with plenty of action on the street to keep you occupied there is also some cool street art surrounding this cafe. The friendly staff Saf and Mustaf were absolutely delightful and really made our visit enjoyable!
They have kept it going with extremely reasonable prices (only $8.00 a burger), and quite possible the cheapest I’ve seen in Surry Hills! Pablo’s Vice also offer all day breakfast until 2pm with many of your favourites like muesli, banana bread, bacon and egg rolls or smashed avo, as well as haloumi and salmon stacks. We visited for lunch and were impressed to see a variety of vegan options catering for the local crowd. A summer vegan salad or guilt free vegan burger with a spiced chickpea and cauliflower pattie or a vegetarian haloumi burger. They all sounded appealing. However, it was hard to turn down Pablo’s Beef Burger; a quality burger at a great price. The burger was super tasty and was loaded with quality ingredients including a seasoned organic beef patty with caramelised onion, melted American cheddar cheese, maple bacon, sweet gherkin pickles, iceberg lettuce, aioli and tomato relish on a milk bun. Alongside your burger, you can also get tempura zucchini chips, homemade onion rings, or sweet potato fries.
The honey mustard chicken bowl is extremely popular. Unfortunately they had sold out of chicken. We instead went for a breakfast option, getting farmer Jo’s muesli (the burnt fig and almonds, dipped in honey and rolled in cinnamon) with strawberries, bananas, honey and Greek yoghurt.
Pablo’s Vice is perfect for taking in the local vibe and they are also a licensed venue. With quality beer and wine on their list, you will be hard pressed finding a cheaper option in the area. Enjoy your drink with their antipasto platter.
At $8.00 for 1-2 people or $14.00 for 3-4, it’s perfect for a leisurely brunch without breaking the bank. Saf, the barista offered us to try his specially made berry mojito and of course we took up that offer!
If you’re not up for drinking, they serve Campos coffee, T2 tea, milkshakes, smoothies and Capi Mineral water. We really enjoyed our latte and chai latte as well.
An absolute bargain gem, perfect if you are looking for somewhere casual to hang out, have drink and a bite to eat. A big thanks to Ompty Media for introducing us to this great little café.