‘Another new café on Crown Street?’ we hear you ask. Yes and this one’s a charm. We decide to sit inside on this rainy April day and it’s a great decision. There is a type of theatrics to the place. Two men make pastries behind a glass partition in the back of the café as a myriad of waiters rush around filling orders. Our waiter is no exception. The service is fast and friendly. Before we know it there are two glasses of chilled water in front of us and we’re drooling over the menu. There is a food and drink menu (but no specials board) and a large glass display cabinet showcasing the daily sweets and treats.
The orange juice ($5) is the only juice on the menu however it is obviously freshly squeezed and tastes amazing.
The espresso ($3) is served in traditional Italian style in matching Caffé Sicilia crockery. It is delicious and we want more (as usual).
The flat white ($3.50) is another welcome coffee at our table. It is served quickly and exceptionally hot which is a plus. Italian establishments often serve very strong coffee but this tastes great.
The full Sicilian breakfast ($18) is comprised of two eggs (done any way) on focaccia toast with bacon, spicy beans and Sicilian sausage. The eggs are poached together and meld into one. There is a distinct vinegar flavour but that’s something that often comes along with poached eggs. The focaccia is lightly toasted and still soft and fluffy with a slight crunch. There is very little to fault with the rest of the ingredients on the plate. Spices were added to the beans but they aren’t spice-hot so you can safely order them even if you can’t handle hot food. It is nice to have some good sausages with our breakfast for a change instead of something that tastes like your typical BBQ snags.
We also order the eggs any style with spinach ($12). Other options include Mortadella and Marscapone ($14) or Prosciutto San Daniele and soft cheese ($14). For a lactose intolerant-vegetarian, the different options are welcomed. The spinach is soft and enjoyable to eat. If parents made spinach like this there would be fewer protests at the dinner table! The eggs are fried perfectly and the single tomato is a nice touch.
Melt in your mouth, sugary goodness! The plain ciambella ($5) is incredibly soft inside and we could easily order another! We may have to introduce a new fitness regime into our week to counteract this indulgence.
We found the service at Caffé Sicilia to be exceptional. There is always someone available for whatever you required and they are quick, friendly and professional. The chefs too are talkative and quick to offer us a sample of the marzipan they are preparing. Mmm…
Unlike many cafés that try to look, sound or cook European, Caffé Sicilia actually delivers. Everything from the decor to the food reminded us of our visits to establishments from the North and we can gladly recommend it as a fantastic breakfast café. They serve lunch and dinner too so you really have no excuses for trying!
There is an amazing public library on Crown Street where you can borrow books, DVDs and toys. They have free wifi so if you need to do some work or study this is the place to be. If quiet libraries aren’t for you, there are plenty of other cafes, bars and restaurants you can try, all within a few minutes’ walk.
Overall Rating: 21/25
Phone: 9699 8787
Address: 628 Crown Street, Surry Hills, 2010
Payment Options: Credit card, EFTPOS, cash