Devon on Danks – One Of Sydney’s Best Cafes, With Asian Fusion Food & Flaky Cronuts
Friends scream for “Sakuma” all the time, while I think I must have had the cronut of my life here. (Sorry Dominique Ansel.)
Devon at Danks is quite the bomb if you are looking for a café full on in terms of the unexpected.
Located on the former site of Danks Street Depot at Waterloo, Devon on Danks is the second outlet after Devon Café at Surry Hills became so popular.
The space is three times larger than the former, can sit 90, but is still perpetually packed. Some menu items differ for both branches.
As one of the Hillsong Church campus is located right opposite, you can be sure that the weekends are filled with happy people full on grace.
Owner Derek Puah and head chef Zach Tan (previously of Guillaume at Bennelong and Pier) helm the place, alongside pastry chef Markus Andrew with a resume from both Adriano Zumbo and Le Cordon Bleu. Zzzzzzumbo.
Chef Tan is from Penang Malaysia, one of those places that offer the best street food ever, and you may see ice cream flavours of pandan and kaya at Devon.
Devon has a fine-dining approach to casual cafe food. The menu is one page of everything.
That includes the signature Breakfast with The Sakuma’s (AUD$25) – that is miso grilled king salmon, Breakfast Burger (AUD$16) of crumbed field mushroom with brisket, Yogi Bowl (AUD$15) filled with healthy stuff like mixed quinoa, yoghurt and grains, Lost in Zen Garden (AUD$19) of yuzu curd and matcha soil on French toast, Homemade Bruschetta (AUD14.50), Cronnies (AUD$6.50), Truffle Soft Serve (AUD$15) and the DD Special of soft serve with hot chips.
A friend had 4 Sakumas in a week. 4! That is enough Omega 3 there.
The famed Sakuma contains miso grilled king salmon, smoked eel croquette, 63 degrees egg, radish petit salad and kewpie mayonnaise.
EVERYTHING just works in their flavour, I mean favour.
The chunky, fresh, smooth, well-seasoned salmon which melted in the mouth, the smoked eel croquette lightly crispy and with smoky hints, and the perfectly cooked egg (which will create the those irresistible Instagram eggporn videos).
Though I must say in return visits, the Sakuma just wasn’t as big-pieced and life-changing as before.
What’s with the Cronnies aka Cronuts ($6.50)?
The flavours change regularly, structured around 3 themes of Asian, traditional and contemporary. So you get anything from Milo, Black Sesame, Matcha, Pork Floss and Sweet Mayo.
We put it to the test and were delightfully excited upon hearing the crunch on the flaky outer layer (Disclaimer: we come from the incredibly humid Singapore, so many pastry items do not keep that sound.)
The inner layer soft, and flavours intriguing enough.
I do not have major complaints about the other items, from the Breakfast Burger ($16) filled with hash and soy braised Ranger’s valley Wagyu brisket in a milk bun, to the Soft Serve Sundae ($10).
Having Thai Milk Tea softserve in Sydney with cendol ingredients can be most disconcerting and deliciously-wonderful at the same time. The same question we keep asking, “Why don’t we have this back home?!” Okay, Singaporeans, don’t complain.
Or how about some Truffle Softserve ($15)? Note: ONLY available during Truffle season.
Creativity’s aplenty at Devon, and be prepared to be thrilled.
Devon on Danks
2 Danks St, Waterloo NSW
Tel: 02 9698 7795
Opening Hours: 8am – 3:30pm Mon – Sun (Kitchen closes at 3pm)
Google Maps – Devon on Danks
76 Devonshire St Surry Hills NSW
Tel: 02 9211 8777
Opening Hours: 7am – 4pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 3:30pm (Sat – Sun), 8am – 3:30pm (PH)
(Kitchen closes at 3pm)
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