Monday, May 17, 2010


First cafe to be rated five star on Time-out Sydney. They must have some seriously good stuff there hey?

Welcome to fouratefive. As you can see, the doorway is pretty small, two is a tight fit. I arrived in the afternoon for lunch. When I got there, the cafe was packed, there was a queue outside and I was quite overwhelmed by the bustling waitress and zealously eating patrons. I stood outside the entrance, didn't quite know what to do.. how am I going to eat in there? The barrister cum host (their coffee station is right smack at the entrance, so the barristers have the double duty of hosting as well, don't ask me why, they must have their own reasons. their kitchen is in all places with the patrons eating around it. well, as long as I get my food hot and within reasonable time frame, I'm happy.) must have noticed me standing in the doorway, he shouted out: have you got your name on the list? Ohh, the list... so that's how things work here. After I got my name written on the list, I didn't have to wait long at all for my table to be ready.

I sat outside, exposed to the elements. I thank thee for thy good weather.

Apple, carrot and ginger juice, $5.50. Extremely fresh and generous as well. Ginger is good for cold weathers.

Rare roast beef with onion relish, fresh tomato, dijon mustard, polski ogorki &
cos lettuce on grilled sourdough $14.
I am in love with this rare beef sandwich. The beef is so rare, yet so tender and moist. And the combination of sweet, sour, pungent, salty pickle and fresh lettuce, all stacked in this lovely dark sourdough, perfect. This is one seriously good sandwich, which I am sure I will dream of from time to time.

Pulled pork on ciabatta with pickled carrot & radish, aioli, apple & tomato
chutney & rocket $13.
The menu says ciabatta but I got the same dark sourdough instead. After all the raving reviews of this particular pulled pork sandwich, it fell short of my expectations. Don't get me wrong, it is still a good sandwich. It's just that when I compare it to the rare beef sandwich, this is a little bit disappointing. The pork is slightly dry and under seasoned. I can't quite taste the chutney in some parts of the sandwich. And there I was, expecting that "striations of sweet, sweet meat meld seamlessly with cooling fresh cucumber and apple spiced up with tomato chutney and slathered with aioli"- from Time-Out Sydney. Overall the sandwich was too dry and bland for me.

I would love to come back again to get my hands on their beef burger and perhaps their salads. Who wants to come with me? =)

485 Crown St

Surry Hills, 2010

Phone: 02 9698 6485



Bean Sprout's Cafe said...

me me... we can have half burger and half rare sandwich each! lol

Heidi said...

OKAY! When you recover, we will go alright? Just tell me when.