We don't have much laneway-ish cafes in Sydney as much as Melbourne does. But when one pops up in Sydney, it's done spot on. Just like the new Blaq Piq that opened up on Alberta Street (near Cre Asion).
The interior is Scandanavian inspired with furnishings that match the theme. The funky pendant lights add character to the place. For their espresso drinks, they use a sleek Synesso machine to make liquid magic. I first heard about them from my buddy Adrian Leonard on Instagram. The menu is Modern Australian that is highly inspired by Asian and American cuisine. Doughtnuts and pastries are also available. I don't know much about Blaq Piq's background but what I do know is that their food is awesome!
So how about their coffee? For their espresso house blend, they use the Crompton Rd blend from Five Senses. I could taste notes of fruits and nuts with hints of chocolate in my piccolo latte ($3.50). I also quite like the mild acidity. The milk temperature was also perfect. They really know how to work with this blend.
I also had a sample of their batch filter brew of Ethiopia Yigracheffe. As expected from a Yigracheffe coffee, it was juicy, sweet and fruity.
|Dulce (Dulce De Leche) donut|
Their dulce donut ($4.50) was awesome! The sugar coated donut was fluffy and the caramelised sweet milk flavour of the dulce de leche filling was beautiful.
There are a lot of familiar cafe dishes on the menu like the BLT ($10). But their twist to this classic replaced the bacon with generous slabs of super tender and flavoursome pork belly. It also had lettuce, tomato and aioli in a soft milk bun. It handled well and the garlic flavour from aioli went perfectly with the pork belly.
|Pandan buttermilk pancake|
Their pandan buttermilk pancake ($16) is their most Instagramed dish and now I know why. Besides being picture perfect, it was also delicious! The pancake is infused with pandan, which adds a sweet flavour to it and the buttermilk component made the pancake fluffy. The addition of coconut ice cream, berries, pecan, mango and salted coconut sugar syrup gave this dish vibrance to its aesthetics and taste.
|Shoestring chips with chilli mayo|
We also ordered shoestring chips with chilli mayo ($6). The generous serving of chips was perfectly cooked and the chilli mayo was tasty and addictive. I just wish there was more mayo to match the amount of chips.
I was overall impressed with Blaq Piq. Food, coffee and service were excellent. I'd definitely go back to try other items in their menu like their twice cooked pork belly ($17).
11-15 Alberta Street
Surry Hills NSW
Monday to Friday 7:00am to 4:00pm
Saturday 8:00am to 2:00pm