In the last two years, we saw the specialty coffee movement grow throughout the Sydney CBD. Just last week, Russell Beard (Owner of Reuben Hills and Paramount Coffee Project) has opened Hills Bros in the heart of Martin Place.
Hills Bros is a specialty coffee shop located at 5 Martin Place's foyer area. It has a sleek art gallery-like design reminiscent of Paramount Coffee Project. It was nice to see some familiar faces from RH and PCP in the Hills Bros team (Hi Nic and Eden!). The coffee is sourced from Reuben Hills and the menu designed by Chef Naoya Shimada consists of mostly Asian and Latin inspired dishes.
The Reuben Hills blend is normally made light to medium roast so I opted for a piccolo latte ($4). The milk temperature was perfect and the bright fruity and nutty notes that I like about their blend pierced through the milk nicely.
Their brown rice congee ($14) is next level! This is the first time I've had congee with brown rice and the nutty flavour suited the congee. It was topped with ajitama (ajitsuke tamago a.k.a. Japanese style marinated soft boiled egg), shiitake mushroom, pickled gingered carrots and amazing bacon jam. The balanced nutty, earthy, sweet and sour flavours were what made this dish so good. It was also well seasoned.
I didn't get to try the beautiful looking miso braised pork bowl ($18) but my buddy Jack New had it and said it was awesome. It consists of miso braised pork, Japanese slaw, shichimi buttered corn, fungi, pickled bean sprouts, kewpie mayo, bonito flakes and ajitama.
|Oatmeal breakfast waffle|
Another dish that's popular here is the oatmeal breakfast waffle ($15). I loved how the waffle was fluffy inside and crisped on the outside. It also came with a beautiful brûlée banana, blueberries and warm orange spiced almond milk.
It's a great CBD cafe with excellent coffee, food and service. Check them out!
5 Martin Place
Sydney NSW 2000
Monday to Friday 7am-4:30pm