Today I caught up with one of my friends who I hadn’t seen in person for a couple of months. I think the last time we actually met up in person was before lockdown – for my birthday back in January.

We had brunch at Cuckoo Callay before we did our Christmas shopping. As one might expect of any popular Surry Hills cafe, there was a wait before we could be seated. Thankfully, we only had to wait 5-10 minutes before we were given a table outside.

With the weather being so reasonable, there were plenty of puppers dining out with their humans in the outdoor area. MJ and I were seated next to 2 ladies and their very sociable bulldog. The excitable pup (confirmed to be a girl by one of the ladies) continued to try and make friends with diners from the neighbouring tables, much to the bemusement of her human. The arrival of a Puppachino at their table appeared to calm down the doggo for a bit.

As for human-appropriate fare, MJ and I each ordered our own “mains” + a bowl of chips to share. I got the Gorgeous Jorge and a side of chargrilled chorizo, with a Masala Chai and almond milk. I know I had “promised” myself that I would give wide berth to avocado toast whenever brunching (for the sake of expanding my palette), but the Gorgeous Jorge was the least substantial of the menu items available. In hindsight, I should’ve given the chorizo a pass, because the avocado toast and the Masala Chai alone was more than enough to fill me up. I ended up skipping most of the poached egg that it was served with, just so I could finish the chorizo.

As for the avocado toast itself, it was much better than others that I’ve had. What really sealed the deal for me were the whipped persian feta and edamame. Even though the texture of the feta was very similar to that of the avocado, the tanginess provided a pleasant contrast to the creaminess of the avocado. Where the edamame is concerned, I’ve not eaten it often enough to definitively say whether I like it or not. But the edamame in this instance was mixed through the avocado, giving an almost crunchy sort of bite to it.

One thing I think that is worth noting is that avocado toast served at most popular cafes has a tendency to be piled rather high. When you have additions like tomatoes and poached eggs, the height of the dish gets a bit ridiculous. I found myself having to demolish the confit tomatoes first before cutting up the rest of the toast with a knife and fork.

Once we finished as much of our respective plates as we positively could, we proceeded to walk over to the Town Hall shopping district to do our Christmas shopping. And work off some of those calories.

Bill breakdown

Gorgeous Jorge$23
Chargrilled chorizo$6
Masala Chai + almond milk$6
1/2 bowl of chips (shared wtih MJ)1$4.50

Venue Details

Address: 413-415 Crown Street, Surry Hills, NSW 2010


1 Full price for a bowl of chips is $9


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