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by Samantha Singer (subscribe)
A marketing coordinator that enjoys reviewing in her spare time. Living in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney - on the brink of something fabulous!
Published August 14th 2011
Upon the recommendation of a friend, I visited Cafe Ish with my aunt. I always enjoy dining outside of the Eastern Suburbs bubble, and finding true gems. Cafe Ish is one of them!

A now more recognised cafe in Surry Hills, Cafe Ish offers a cross between traditional Australian fare, including Crocodile and Emu produce, and Asian Cuisine with an entire menu of Sake; the result is nothing short of fantastic.

Our waitress was sweet and bubbly and the cafe had a definite buzz to it, with intimate tables, large tables and people popping in and out for take away.

After some deliberation, we decided to order two dishes off the "brekkie ish" menu and share them. The menu was extensive with so much variety, ranging from a twist on the big breakfast: 2 eggs, bacon, tomato, croc sausage, mushroom, beans, toast and fried mochi ($20.50), to Japanese meals: Aburi salmon, rice, miso soup, Kangaroo Island egg and house made pickles ($19.50) to simple snacks: house made toasted and buttered banana bread ($4) and Organic White or 7 grain, wholemeal, fruit toast ($3/$5).

We requested the Emu eggs, which consisted of 2 scrambled eggs, emu prosciutto, tomato relish and toast ($14.50) and the "Veg ish", which was sautéed Japanese mushrooms, scrambled tofu, baby spinach, tomato relish and toast ($14). For each order of toast we were given a wide selection and opted to try the grain sourdough and the home baked bread. Both were lovely.

The tofu scramble was great, well complemented by the tomato relish, whilst the emu eggs were strong in flavour and though nice with the relish, could be eaten without it.

Cafe Ish is all about the little touches, from a small biscuit served on your spoon with coffee, to witty comments on the menu advising that the fruit tea is the best fruit tea you've ever had (and it was). A fantastic cafe in a more secluded area of Surry Hills, with metre parking on the street. I'd say it was wonderful ish, but really it's just plain wonderful.
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Why? Nothing short of fantastic.
When: Open 7 days
Where: 82 Campbell St Sydney, 2010
Cost: Dishes generally $15-25
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