Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Cafe Ish - Dinner and Tight ass Tuesday Lunch

(Now closed, but they have re-opened as The Milk Bar by Cafe Ish)

I can't get enough of my favourite cafe/izakaya restaurant. Cafe Ish is one of my happy places. So why do I love Cafe Ish so much? Well, Cafe Ish uses good quality organic produce and the combination of flavours in their dishes are absolutely brilliant. Josh (Chef and Co-owner) and Ai (Head Barista and Co-owner) are both culinary geniuses in my books!
Cafe Ish is a native Australian/Japanese Cafe Bar restaurant located on Campbell Street, Surry Hills (close to Elizabeth Street). It is within walking distance from Central station.
Mrs Ramen Raff and I have visited Cafe Ish a number of times for dinner in the past (and I foresee more visits in the future). Every visit was always a delight. Another thing we love so much about Cafe Ish is their excellent customer service. Their staff are always welcoming, knowledgeable of the menu and are attentive of customer’s needs.

Cabbage with wattle seed miso mayo

Fried potato and organic fetta mochi with Davidson plum sauce

Miso soup


Seared tuna salad

California roll of crumbed crocodile

Kangaroo, prawn, ginger gyoza

Wagyu ribs twice cooked

I've said this in my previous post and I'll say it again, they serve one of the best ribs in town. Their Wagyu ribs twice cooked are amazing! One must try the ribs here!
Ai's  freaking awesome fried chicken

A new addition to their menu is Ai's freaking awesome fried chicken. The name pretty much sums up how good it is. It has a crunchy outer layer to crisp perfection with a juicy chicken fillet inside. It is dressed with an amazing tangy barbecue-like sauce. The sauce also has a slight garlicy touch to it.
Tight ass Tuesday Lunch
I've visited Cafe Ish three weeks in a row to try their tight ass Tuesday lunch menu.  Ten lunch items for $10 per item! The last two occasions, I had lunch here with my friend Tonkotsu Bexx and some awesome food blogger friends that adore Cafe Ish food as well.

Wattle macaccino coffee

While I waited for my food, I ordered the wattle macaccino coffee which I love so much. It is Cafe Ish's signature coffee, flavoured with wattle seed extract and macadamia. It is my favourite cup of coffee in the world. It is like a ritual for me that I order this special coffee every visit.

Wagyu cheeseburger and fries

The wagyu cheeseburger with fries is another favourite of mine. It has a juicy and flavoursome beef patty with caramelised onion, tomato relish, and cheese. All contained in a bun baked especially by Josh.
Croc in a rock - Crocodile sausage, egg, shallot & organic fetta in toast with tomato relish

Crab omelette set

In my recent visit, I decided to go with the crab omelette set. It is a soft shell crab omelette with rice and miso soup on the side. The omelette with kara age soft shell crab, avocado, shallot, garlic, chilli, soy, ginger dressing and lime. The crab is perfectly cooked and the flavours from all other ingredients compliment the crab well.
Excellent food and superb service can be expected from Cafe Ish. It is my favourite Cafe restaurant and is definitely a happy place for me. My Cafe Ish dinner and lunch were very yummy for my tummy! How’s yours?
Cafe Ish
82 Campbell Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 9281 1688
Opening Hours:
Monday-Wednesday 7:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday - Friday 7:00am - 10:00pm (dinner from 3pm)
Saturday 9:00am - 10:00pm
Sunday 9:00am - 2:30pm

Cafe Ish on Urbanspoon


  1. I need to get my "ass" to tight ass Tuesdays. Really is great value.

    Do love Josh and Ai's restaurant, sadly due to living out of the area I don't frequent as much as I would like to.

  2. I also adore Cafe Ish :) but it makes me sad that I'm either at uni/work too far to go for lunch T_T

  3. the wagyu cheeseburger is so awesome. so... see ya there next tues??

  4. Too far for lunch for me (sad face) but we're going for our 2nd dinner there next week. Your meal looks like the one on the Spreets voucher which is what we're having...

  5. The flavour combinations sound intriguing. Must try this place soon!

  6. dont kill me, but ive never been to cafe ish before >-< the tight ass tuesday lunch looks awesome!!

  7. Yummy in my tummy too, and it will be again this Tuesday :)

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  9. You're tempting me with those Wagyu ribs for my next visit! :)

  10. The Wagyu cheeseburger looks very tempting! Kangaroo and prawn combination is interesting indeed!

  11. croc in a rock. i'm trying to figure out whats going on in that dish.... seems like theres more then meets the eye. must try it.

  12. I find myself coming to your web log increasingly frequently to the point where my visits are just about day-after-day today!


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