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Published September 23rd 2013
The perfect destination for brunch
This little cafe hidden away in Surry Hills is the perfect place for a Sunday morning brunch. The coffees are delicious, the ambiance is retro, and the food is just a little bit quirky (e.g. bacon flavoured ice cream to go with your pancakes).
The first thing you notice when you walk in is the fact that the place is crowded. Evidently a popular choice for many Sydney residents. Once you sit down you really begin to take in your surroundings - the disco ball hanging above the bar/coffee machine, the retro posters of celebrities and bands plastered on the walls; the stack of vinyl records; the traffic lights; and just that general indie/alternative vibe.
[ADVERT]A huge tick on the checklist is the service. I could not fault it at all. The staff were efficient and always wearing a smile. The whole atmosphere was one of warmth and invitation.
The food is pretty standard, 'Sydney cafe' price. More than a Maccas breakfast but nothing too expensive. I had their homemade yoghurt with fried banana and macadamia brittle for $11 and a large coffee for $4. The specials are pretty varied and always keep you guessing. One meal that smelt amazing was a tortilla, egg and sausage dish, which I believe was the special on this particular visit.
This cafe is not only a brunch destination but great for lunch or an afternoon coffee. The bar is small but would suffice for a casual lunch date. The best part about Cowbell 808 is that it's in a nice suburban area, the staff are friendly, and it has that unique small business flexibility.