Working in social media comes with its perks. When Twitter is trembling with excitement about a new Sydney eatery, you know that you have to go there yourself to give it the once-over. This was exactly the case for Reuben Hills, a coffee roastery and cafe that was immediately popping up everywhere in the Twitterverse and food blogs when it opened on New Year's Day.
Being the food-lover that I am, I knew I had to pay this cafe a visit. Crouched half-way up the hill on Albion Street in Surry Hills, Reuben Hills is joining a neighbourhood that's almost over-saturated with cafes. But even then, it certainly knows how to stand out. Retaining that artsy, trendy vibe of Surry Hills, this cafe pushes out in a large, open space that's rarely associated with inner city suburbs.
But let's get right to the glorious food. First up, the Reuben Sandwich. Miss D has the Reuben, which is made with wagyu brisket, coleslaw and manchego cheese served on Brasserie Bread New York Rye. I'm no expert on reuben sandwiches – that much is clear. But when I bite into it, it's creamy and delicious.
I love that all items on the menu are interesting. There isn't a single breakfast dish that you'd see at cafes in this area.
I opt for the Baked Eggs with spinach and goat curd served with a toasted chunk of schiacciata. The spices of the ranchero sauce are what intrigue me. My only concern is that I want more bread at the end to mop up all the delicious sauce that's left in my bowl.
Miss S goes for the Honduran baleada with eggs, queso fresco and black beans. It's a folded tortilla with a mild but lovely flavour. There's also a pulled pork version, which I'd like to try next time.
Of course I have to mention the coffee – this is a coffee roastery after all. My soy cappuccino is great, as expected. But of course the highlight is Miss D's black sesame milkshake. I'll be honest, the main reason I've come here is for this milkshake. I read up on Reuben Hills before I made my visit and when I heard about the salted caramel milkshake, I rounded up my gals immediately for a milkshake mission.
Sadly, the salted caramel milkshake was nowhere to be found on the menu. When I later read more blog posts and reviews I found rave reviews about the salted caramel milkshake. Note to self: next time, just ask for it even if it's not on the menu.
Reuben Hills isn't just your average breakfast and lunch cafe – the spices in most dishes give it that special Latin flavour. I'm sold.
I'm not enough of a coffee geek to even understand what coffee cupping is, but it's apparently a coffee tasting. And you can be a part of it every Friday at 10am.
Reuben Hills only opened on New Year's Day, so make it a New Year's resolution to stop by for some Latino zing in your breakfast.