One of my favourite areas in Surry Hills is the long-stretched Devonshire Street. Both ends of this street and its surroundings are full of places that will excite any food enthusiast. A few weeks ago, Sly opened up in the heart of Devonshire Street.
Sly has an industrial meets hipster kind of vibe. Chef Dean Wilkinson is the owner and head chef behind this rad cafe. Just like most cafes in this part of town, they offer coffees and pastries. What sets them apart from the rest is their specialty on jaffles and toasties. My cafe-hopping buddy Chocolatesuze and I went to check out Chef Dean's work.
They source their beans from Roastworks in Artarmon. The blend used in their espresso drinks ($3.50) like piccolo lattes and flat white is called the Snowqueen. It is a full-bodied blend that is also buttery with notes of chocolate.
The jamon and manchego toastie ($10) called out to me as soon as I glanced at the menu. After my first bite onto the crunchy toast, my palate was embraced by the toastie innards, which consisted of jamon, manchego cheese and a spread that's like spiced tomato relish. It tasted like pizza! The melted manchego was creamy and buttery that it made that moment absolute bliss for me. Something so simple tasted so awesome!
The mushroom stack ($14) was another outstanding dish. The silky and sexy baked mushrooms went perfectly with the sorrell, labna, tomato chutney and PX reduction. The creamy and milky labna with the sweet tomato relish works a treat like sweet chilli sauce and sour cream.
If you love all things pork, then the Notorious P.I.G. ($16) is just for you! I was left "hypnotize" (also my favourite Notorious B.I.G. track) by the perfectly cooked braised pork shoulder, smoked speck, and chorizo on toast. The poached eggs with runny yolk complete the porky experience.
On another visit, I had the duck and chestnut jaffle ($8.50). It was simple but amazing! The pulled duck meat was so tender. Along with the earthy chestnut and sweet prune sauce, this jaffle was absolutely delicious.
Last but not least was their chocolate tart, which is made in the premises. The chocolate biscuit pastry and dark chocolate ganache filling was glorious! It was rich and luscious. The ganache had a mild bitter taste but once the vanilla bean crème anglaise was poured, the bitterness disappears. The anglaise gives the tart well-balanced flavours and slightly sweetens it. I highly recommend this!
If you want your jaffles and toasties with a twist and great coffee, then Sly is where you need to drop by!
212 Devonshire Street
Surry Hills NSW
Monday to Saturday 7am - 4pm