Located at Newtown station, this small café is like an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the business of King Street beneath. The small herb pots outside the café, with its friendly staff inside, is the ideal place to chill and relax when you want to be away from the crowds on the main road.
We have been to this café a few times, and below are some highlights from the menu of this café.
The chemex ($5) was a rich flavoured coffee, which has been infused for a longer time, to achieve a smooth consistency. It was served in a really nice glass flask, which looked like a wine decanter. The taste was elegant.
Everybody loves Ramen ($19) consisted of bacon and egg noodles with a 63 degrees egg, speck, shitake mushroom, bacon dashi and shallots. This dish had a distinctive Asian style to it with an element of Western fusion with the use of bacon and speck. The broth was very flavoursome but was not too strong as to overpower the other flavours of the dish. The amount of broth was also adjustable as you had to pour it yourself. The noodles, however, was a bit too soft. This was the perfect breakfast on a cold winter’s morning.
Trout Pout ($22) came as a stack with smoked trout fillet, potato, leek and fennel cake, grilled fennel, horseradish cream, sorrel and a 63 degrees egg. The egg fell off to the side as the wait staff served the dish to us. There was a mirage of flavours with this dish, with nicely infused Eastern and Western styles. The trout was nicely seasoned and not overcooked. This is a dish that is worth trying.
Overall, we really like what Cuckoo Callay is trying to achieve with its menu, with inventive fusion breakfast food items that are different from the other cafes in the area. A must try if you are in the area.
Address: Newtown Railway Station, Newtown
Phone: (02) 9557 7006
Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 6am to 4pm; Sat 8am to 4pm; Sun 8am to 3pm
Accepts MasterCard and Visa