Four ate five, Surry Hills

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Cafes are the perfect place to enjoy a lazy weekend lunch. Or breakfast. Or any weekend meal, for that matter. 
We are walking down Crown Street one Sunday, looking for somewhere to eat lunch, when we come across Four ate five. At just past 12pm, the small, lively joint full to the brim with people enjoying a lazy Sunday coffee and brunch.

Drawn to the buzz of the crowds, we seat ourselves at the last outdoor table and peruse the menu. It's full of café favourites with a hint of Middle Eastern flair. Hummus, dukkah and Israeli pickles feature alongside classics like house made muesli, avo on toast and creamed corn with poached eggs. More out of the ordinary menu items include a wagyu meatball and three cheese sandwich, sweet potato, brown rice and black bean burger, and sides such as shmaltz herring and creamed goats chevre.

Ginger Turmeric Kombucha ($6)
You know a café is on-trend when there's kombucha on the menu. Kombucha is an fermented, tea-based beverage which contains a live culture of yeast and bacteria. Natural fermentation processes turn the sugary tea into a refreshing, carbonated drink that is said to have amazing health benefits. Four ate five serves locally-produced JIVA kombucha; we try the ginger turmeric variety and love it's fizzy, lightly sweetened taste.

Fouratefivesalad ($14)
This is one of a few different salads on the lunch menu. It consists of roast pumpkin, pickled red cabbage, tomatoes, parsley, red onion and chickpeas, which are arranged as a deconstructed plate rather than a more conventional tossed salad. A sprinkling of dukkah lifts up each bite of the light, nourishing salad. The smooth, creamy tahini dressing is dolloped on the plate and brings everything together.

Pulled pork salad ($17)
A sweet, soft heap of pulled pork is strewn among baby rocket leaves, shredded carrot, capsicum and red onion. This Asian-inspired salad is dressed in a soy and coriander dressing and topped with sesame seeds. It's a filling, tasty dish that a little more punchy than the fouratefive salad.

Wagyu beef burger ($18)
This classic café burger is delicious. Tucked inside a flour-dusted, crusty roll is a tasty wagyu beef patty atop a bed of rocket and lettuce. The patty is moist and pink in the middle, and each mouthful is punctuated with the sweet sourness of gherkin, creamy aioli and tomato chutney. The caramelised onion relish adds a layer of salty richness to the burger. It comes with a side of hand-cut chips that are peppered with herbs and taste like they've been baked rather than fried.

Judging by the crowds we encountered while eating there - there was a small queue out the front at peak lunch hour - Four ate five looks to be a firm and reliable favourite among locals and Sydney brunch-lovers. The vibe is cosy and friendly, and it's the perfect place to go if you're in the mood for a cafe that delivers wholesome, tasty food with a bit of a twist. 


Four ate Five Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato 

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