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The Book Kitchen

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by Phoebe Pham (subscribe)
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Published March 4th 2012
Cafe by day, restaurant by night.

Thats one of the first things you'll see when you enter this little hidden gem. Located in a secluded spot across from Bourke Street Bakery, The Book Kitchen provides patrons with a sort of getaway from the rush and noise of city life in an informal, low key setting, without actually having to go out of the city.

Upon entrance to the "kitchen", you will find that you are given a choice between small tables for privacy, a large communal table near the restaurant's bookshelf or a small coffee table with futons for comfort (and quite convenient for the purpose of people watching).

[ADVERT]The cafe provides a very relaxing ambience that is suitable for a wide range of patrons and purposes. For those who are looking for a place to catch up with a large group of friends, the communal table provides a perfect spot for groups chats or to catch up in smaller groups. However, those who wish to get away from city life alone and just want to relax with a light lunch and a latte will find they are better accommodated with the cafe's corner seatings of smaller tables or coffee tables partnered with futons; grab a good book from the shelves or simply watch the people enjoy their meals just to past the time.

The Book Kitchen's menu provides a range of breakfast and lunch items, most of which come with organic and bio ingredients. Their food is served quickly and their ingredients are adequately fresh.

Having visited during daytime when they were operatomg as a cafe, their lunch dishes are quite refreshing, especially their fish filler, which I personally recommend. If first impressions are anything to go by, I would definitely re-visit, as this cafe is Sunday-brunch worthy. Brunch would be followed by crème brulee for desserts from the bakery next door.

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Why? Coffee and books - is there any better combination?
Where: 255 Devonshire St, Surry Hills
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