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Mad Spuds Cafe

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by Sarah Han (subscribe)
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Published December 7th 2011
Crammed with cafes from one end to the other, Crown Street is one of the main go-to places if you're after breakfast or brunch. I'd heard about Mad Spuds Cafe from a friend and have been wanting to pay a visit for a while now.

Mad Spud Stack

I love potatoes, so when I go for breakfast with two girls, my favourite travel buddy Miss Flying Unicorn (she came up with that alias herself) and her friend New Yorker, Mad Spuds is one of my top picks.

Even though it's not a typical Sydney summer's day, we decide to sit outside to soak in the lovely Crown Street atmosphere. This is the kind of street vibe makes me fall in love with Sydney all over again.

Miss Flying Unicorn goes for the Mad Spud Stack ($14) which involves an elaborate stacking of a crispy potato cake, haloumi, avocado, caramelised onion, sweet potato, spud skins and mint yoghurt.

I get a bit of food envy because this would have probably been my first choice as well. But I always like to order different dishes when I go out for food - that way you get a wider range at each eatery.

Vegan Brekkie Stack

My Vegan Brekkie Stack ($16) is meticulously assembled: Potato & lentil crunch, avocado, tofu, lemon & crispy cornbread and quinoa puffs. All of this is loaded up on a corn puree, which I find a little bit too sweet. The tofu is great - though I eat it on its own. I'm not vegan by any means, but this is a great dish for those who are. As for myself, I probably should have ordered a side of haloumi or an egg to go with it.

The potato & lentil crunch (which is more of a croquette than a crunch) contains some tasty spices - it's definitely the hero of this dish. I'm not as convinced by the cornbread or the quinoa puffs. It's almost as though they put too many components on my plate.

Potato omelette

New Yorker has the special, a Potato omelette ($16). I really love the presentation of this dish. It's clean, crisp and colourful with the tomato, feta and toast.

Soy Cappuccino

My soy cappuccino is passable, but nothing to rave about. No biggie because I'm here for some quality organic spuds, not coffee.

Hot Chocolate

The hot chocolate, on the other hand, is intriguingly made with chocolate chips, creating a mosaic-like effect. Interesting touch!

It's great that Mad Spuds has vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available. I'll make sure to revisit Mad Spuds for the baked potatoes next time.
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Why? Everything spud-worthy!
When: Mon-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm
Where: Mad Spuds Cafe in Surry Hills
Cost: Around $20 for breakfast including coffee
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