Disappearing from Balmain only to grace the streets of Surry Hills with its presence, we were enticed to Bird Cow Fish based on the positive reputation of its dinner menu. On the corner of Crown and Rainford streets away from the other busy cafés we soon realised the stillness of the Bird Cow Fish may have been for a reason. We experienced lacklustre service which was disappointing for such an established name. Compared to our previous reviews, the relevantly premium prices at first seemed unreasonable however our tune quickly changed once we took our first bites.
An expert barista obviously resides here. The piccolo latte ($4.50) was esquisitely brewed and packed the punch one would expect from a short coffee. Perfectly brewed.
It was out fault for not seeing that on the menu it didn’t say fresh juice. We ordered half cloudy apple, half pineapple juice ($4) expecting it to be squeezed. Unfortunately it was a small glass of carton juice.
This is where the fun started. The food blew us away. The ricotta pancake ($15.50) (yes just one) was soft, light and featured a touch of vanilla. The grilled peaches were a heavenly touch and the custard fresh. It took all of our will power not to cry out for more!
Looks can be deceiving. Awaiting on the inside of the three egg omelette ($16.50) was a mouthwatering combination. Gruyere cheese and basil throughout with generous highlights of prosciutto and gorgeous sweet caramelised onion. The eggs were fluffy and hid a delicious layer of gruyere just below.
With dishes like we experienced this morning, we will definitely be returning to Bird Cow Fish. One-off poor service experiences and carton juice can be overlooked for such great flavours.
Overall Rating: 17.5/25
Phone: 9380 4090
Address: Shops 4 & 5, 500 Crown Street, Surry Hills, 2010
Payment Options: CC, EFTPOS, cash