Following the success of Cafe Oratnek in Redfern, Chef Kenny Takayama opened a second cafe in Surry Hills. This large cafe in a quiet street with leafy surrounds is not far from Cleveland St, Crown St and the light rail stops, hence it is in an excellent location. The cafe is light and bright with rustic industrial styling with exposed brick walls, indoor and outdoor seating.
Chef Kenny has curated an exciting Japanese fusion menu. It has some signature elements also found at Oratnek, but a number of other dishes with strong Japanese influence. The meals here are certainly unique and unlike any you’ll find in other Sydney cafes.
Their all day breakfast is not your run of the mill bacon and eggs, rather a good list of interesting menu options like a crab omelette, sliced pork belly and kim chi on toast, umami mushroom toast and even matcha French toast. We opted for the beautiful House-baked Granola with flavourful toasted oats, nuts, seeds, strawberries, passion fruit, banana, blueberries, yoghurt & milk. Stunning in presentation, super fresh and delicious.
The chefs are certainly skilled, for they also offer all day lunch and breakfast. Their signature dish is the katsu sandwich with pork loin, cabbage, japanese bbq sauce and american sweet mustard. They’ve also got a Karage sanga and the new omurice. We ordered an omurice, a nice sweet tomato flavoured rice with peas, bacon, tomato and cheese, topped with a creamy egg omelette and a dark miso gravy. This was awesome and probably our favourite dish.
The shrimp roll, also a new menu item, saw the creamy shrimp mixture with a dill wasabi mayonnaise, sitting within a soft bread roll and lettuce. Lovely and refreshing for autumn.
This cafe also has some great desserts, with star ingredient being matcha(Japanese green tea)! The famous matcha lamington barely makes the cabinet as it’s snapped up by hungry customers who have heard of this delight. The Matcha Mille Feuille dessert, with a buttery crisp pastry, filled with beautiful layers of sliced strawberries uses 100% grade quality matcha in the piped custard. Not only incredibly beautiful, but super tasty too!
The food is also reasonably priced, which is impressive given the high quality and intricacy of the meals.
Kentaro, like Oratnek use coffee supplier and roaster Kingswood Coffee (of Kingswood Coffee, World Square). We enjoyed a smooth latte as well as espresso jelly and ice cream. The cafe does also serve beer and wine which is great for a leisurely lunch.
Do yourselves a favour and make a visit here for their Japanese inspired meals and desserts.
616 Bourke Street
Surry Hills 2010
8am- 4pm weekends