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Cowbell 808 Cafe

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by Katie Fisher (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living and studying in Sydney
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).

Cowbell 808
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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.
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Why? Retro Cafe for Breakfast, Lunch or Brunch!
When: Mon-Fri: 7-3pm Sat-Sun: 8-3pm
Phone: (02) 96985044
Where: 616 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
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