After checking out reviews of good brunch spots online, a couple of friends and I decided to check out Mad Spuds Cafe on the bustling Crown Street in Surry Hills. If you love potatoes, then you've come to the right place!
The specialty here are the baked spuds, which come with various toppings. You can choose from the original Humble Spud with sour cream and chives ($8) or more exciting flavours such as Whacko Taco, which includes Mexican style beef, avocado, chilli salsa and sour cream ($14). I ordered the Whacko Taco to satisfy my craving for Mexican food and it was awesome. They encourage you to eat the skins as well for the vitamins.
Though I was hungry, one portion was ginormous (2 jacket potatoes). Perhaps a smarter idea would be to order a baked spud to share along with something else on the super-long menu (where everything else looks yummy too).
There is also the option to order the twice cooked spuds skins (crispy potatoes baked then flash fried) with a variety of fillings including salmon and feta, goats cheese and beetroot, taco beef, blood sausage or poached eggs ($14).
My friend tried the Mad Spud Stack (a crowd favourite) which the waitress recommended. This consists of a crispy potato cake at the bottom, with haloumi cheese, avocado, caramalised onion, spud skins, sweet potato and mint yoghurt with sprouts ($15). It looked really yummy.
For those who are watching carb intake or want something lighter, there is a whole range of salads. My friend tried the Moroccan grilled chicken salad, which looked really good as well ($15). There is a range of vegan and gluten-free items on the menu also.
Moroccan Grilled Chicken Salad - Giant cous-cous, green beans, sumac croutons, pickled chilli, mint yoghurt ($15)
We were melting in the summer heat, so we all decided to order some chilled fruit juice. The Mad Spuds Cafe serves Parker's organic sparkling fruit juice which came in a variety of flavours, including blood orange, passionfruit or guava ($4), as well as freshly squeezed juice with any combination of apple, orange, mint, ginger, beetroot, carrot or celery ($5). Super refreshing and perfect for the summer weather.