Forbes And Burton, Darlinghurst – Rating: 19.5/25

Forbes and Burton

Forbes and Burton has quite a presence on the corner of the two streets of the same name.  I noticed it and the crowds of patrons whilst looking for parking for 13b in the morning and Universal restaurant in the evening recently.  Known to locals as FAB, they definitely have experience in the café and restaurant game.  Intricate dishes, fresh juices and gorgeous coffee are all on offer here.  The interior is very welcoming (try to get in early to grab the comfortable sofa in the corner) with sandstone and other original features mixing the old with the new in a very open-plan layout.

You Little Rippler fresh juice

Tropican Do fresh juice

Roll out the fresh juices ($7)!  You Little Rippler (orange and mango with a raspberry ripple) and Tropican Do (pineapple, passion fruit, orange, mango and mint) took our fancy this morning and both were great.  The latter is quite tart but both had a fantastic blend of flavours throughout.  Orange, You Beauty (apple, mint and lime),Corange (carrot and orange) and Apple B (apple and beetroot) are the other mixes on offer.
Other beverages available include Tea Craft teas (English breakfast, Earl Grey, Sencha green, organic peppermint, chamomile and jasmine, $4), Phoenix ($4), hot chocolate or mocha (made with Belgian couverture chocolate, $4.50) and smoothies (berries or mango, $7).

Flat white and cappuccino

As with other Golden Cobra houses, you can’t go wrong with the coffee ($3.60) here.  Served promptly and with a strong flavour, the FAB barista will soon become your best friend.


The BLEAT ($11.50) was a hit, boasting everything its name declared plus aioli.  Our guest was in heaven as every ingredient had been prepared perfectly – runny yolk, crispy bacon, fresh tomato and plenty of avocado on the top half of the bun.

Organic three egg Spanish omelette

The organic three egg Spanish omelette ($18) was filling and flavoursome.  Piquillo peppers and crispy chorizo gave it quite a kick.  Thrown into the mix was manchego cheese, plenty of skinned tomatoes, fresh rocket and a slice of sourdough.  Despite all of this decadence, the two most sought-after dishes amongst our table were the two to follow…

Baked mushrooms

The baked mushrooms ($13) have a modest name and price but any mushroom lovers out there have found their dish!  Within this unique mountain of flavour was sourdough, a generous amount of goats curd, mushrooms bursting with flavour and pistou (basil, garlic and olive oil).  My guest coupled all of this with bacon ($5.50) on the side and found herself fending off forks from all angles as we tried to steal more!

Breakfast burrito

Breakfast burrito filling

My morning was simply made better by eating the breakfast burrito ($15.50)!  This unassuming parcel packed flavour – most prominently two organic eggs and wagyu mince.  The mince itself offered a gorgeous combination of taste and texture thanks to the chilli and lentils.  All of this was topped with juicy skinned tomatoes which added a cool freshness to the dish.

Mixed berries muffin and strawberry, cranberry and white chocolate muffin

There was no going back after I spotted the muffins of the day (mixed berries and strawberry, cranberry and white chocolate).  Moist, fluffy, scores of berries and quite large, they were the icing on the cake of a great morning.

Quick, professional service and classy dishes were the highlights today and yet another credit to Darlinghurst’s burgeoning quality restaurant scene.  All of FAB’s menus are on their website.  Be sure to contact them to find out about their degustation evenings.

Taste: StarStarStar
Service: StarStarStarStar
Atmosphere: StarStarStarStar
Value: StarStarStar

Overall Rating: 19.5/25

Website: and
Phone: 9356 8788
Address: 252 Forbes Street, Darlinghurst, 2010

Payment Options: CC, EFTPOS, cash

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