MO, Surry Hills – Rating: 17.5/25


The all day and night eatery MO is small but commands a decent sized crowd of patrons throughout the week.  Whether you’re tucked into the cosy, bright interior or watching the many faces and styles of Darlinghurst and Surry Hills stroll by, MO ‘s staff will bring a smile to your face thanks to their attentive service.

Hot chocolate

Flat white

While our coffee ($4), supplied by Locale Espresso in Melbourne was strong and absolutely delicious, I cannot say the same for the hot chocolate ($4) which was pretty lacklustre.  While it presented well, it had barely any chocolate mixed through.

Banana smoothie

My banana smoothie ($6.50) hit the spot with its addition of honey.  To MO’s credit, it was a large serving for the price.  It could have stood to be a bit thicker but I did enjoy it.  Mixed berry or mango smoothies are also available.

Freshly squeezed juice ($6.50)tea ($4) and frappes ($6.50) round out the beverage menu.

Pesto hash browns

My guest and I thought that everything on the plate that came with the pesto hash browns ($17.50) was prepared very well except for the hash browns themselves!  The roast tomato, poached egg and small mushrooms (which my guest substituted for the usual bacon) were all delicious.  So was the chunky pesto served on the hash browns!  The main component let the dish down as each of the two hash browns were extremely dense and plump, not fluffy like I was hoping.

Smashed avocado

My smashed avocado ($15.90) was an excellent rendition of this dish.  Every component from the seasoned avocado topped with rich Persian feta and chilli flakes to the perfectly poached egg and the very reduced, thick balsamic glaze were outstanding.  Served on crunchy sourdough, the whole thing brought a smile to my face.

The breakfast menu is huge.  Here are just some of the other dishes: fruit salad with yoghurt side ($9.50)MO  classic bacon & egg roll or wrap with chilli jam, tomato or BBQ sauce ($9.50)MO pancakes with bacon and maple syrup or ice cream ($15.50)chorizo, roast tomato and poached egg on sourdough ($16.90) and traditional savoury mince and poached egg on sourdough toast ($16.50).

Not only is the menu extensive but I think that the items are well priced too.  My guest and I enjoyed most of the components of our dishes and the coffee is most certainly worth returning for.  Drop in and let me know what you think whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

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

Overall Rating: 17.5/25

Website: and
Phone: 9212 2258
Address: 168 Campbell Street, Surry Hills

Payment Options: Credit card, EFTPOS, cash

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