[Sydney] You may not expect that this little café found in Sydney’s CBD would be known for selling… Mi Goreng Toastie.
Nope, not reading wrong. It is the popular fried Indonesian instant noodle dish, sandwiched between two slices of bread. And it actually tasted not too bad.
The Toastie can be found in this little café called Dutch Smuggler, started by owners Byron Van Zyl and Chewie Stevenson.
They established this little kiosk café in 2016, because they decided to downsize from their large Ultimo premises.
They also run Sovereign Coffee Roasters, which goes to show that they take their coffee seriously.
The place may not be that easy to find, though it is a short walk from Circular Quay.
It is a small kiosk with a glass façade, wrapped by the black coloured architectural stairs which come up the side and over the top.
If you are in a hurry, this is quite easy to miss, make sure you take a left when you get to the bottom of the stairs. Inside it is just a small kitchen with a black menu, brightly lit.
The seating is all located outside in front of the café. Many people prefer to take-away as there isn’t much seating, but there is a wooden bench in the centre, surrounded by a few small round tables and blue chairs.
Office buildings surround it, as well as a few potted plants. When you are ‘bored’, take a look around the exposed brick walls with graffiti and motivational quotes on them.
Food wise, you can expect items such as Smugglers Roll (AUD8.50) which has bacon, free range scrambled egg, baby spinach, aged cheddar and chipotle aioli on a roll; Granola (AUD7) which comes with yoghurt and fruit; and Nacho Libre Nachos (AUD10) with beans, cheddar, sour cream, avocado, tortilla chips and tomatoes.
There is also the ‘standard’ Avocado Toast (AUD10).
The toasties are the main attraction, with interesting flavours and included with high-quality cheese and ingredients.
The most popular (and instagrammable) is the Mi Goreng Toastie (AUD9.50) with mi goreng noodles, magic sauce, cheddar and fried egg.
There is also the ‘ramen empire’ toastie which has spicy Korean noodles as well as seaweed, fried egg, cheddar and kimchi.
These noodle toasties are super popular on social media due to their uniqueness.
I initially thought that it would be weird (especially since it is carb within carb), but upon a bite, you would have had my look of surprise.
The steaming hot (warm) and hot (spicy due to the spicy mayo) noodles could trickle your taste buds, and that melted cheese just help to wrap and balance everything together. I suspect there is some kecap manis within.
Their bread is said to be of high quality too, using Infinity Bakery’s traditional tin loaf for all their toasties; while eggs used are all free range.
At Dutch Smuggler they have seasonal blend as well as weekly single origins on rotation. In summer, Cold Brew Coffee (AUD5.50) is really popular and they add things like tonic water, orange peel, citrus, basil etc for flavour.
Good to know: They have designated Fridays as ‘tini-day’, when people are winding down at work they can enjoy AUD10 espresso martinis served after 12pm.
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