I’d certainly noticed Haven on the little stretch of Chalmers Street between the two entrances to Central Station, the one across from the bottom of Foveaux and the other at Devonshire Street. This place had such a buzz when we walked by one Sunday.
A few weeks later, I stopped by for a quick coffee before a meeting in the neighbourhood, and voilá! Look at this: coffee on a cute little board, with a handful of currents. I’m not sure about the trend of food on a wooden board (anymore, I thought it was cool the first time) but I’m on board with coffee on a board. My latte was delicious, strong and milky and just right.
Then, the next day, although I’d suggested breakfast at Cornerstone at Eveleigh Market, I checked and it wasn’t open until 10am. Though Haven’s website doesn’t have their opening hours anywhere (ahem…), their Facebook page told me they were open at 8am, so we headed over.
It has a stylish, bright atmosphere, and it wasn’t busy right at 8am on a Saturday morning. S. had crispy polenta, with mushrooms and eggs and said it was delicious.
I couldn’t go by the potato latkes (I rather like a latke) and they were delicious and thin and crisp, and there was a really generous serve of bacon (also nicely crisp) to go with the eggs.
Both dishes and two lattes came up to about $40, which, for Surry Hills, I think is pretty good. Being across from Central Station, the strip doesn’t feel that ‘cool’, but Haven sort of makes it cool, and seems to bring in a cross-section of Surry Hills hipsters, foot traffic, and Asian students and foodies who live nearby: an interesting and vibrant mix.
Also, I think our waiter was the guy in the huge blown-up photo of a guy pouring coffee. It kind of felt like we were being served a handsome celebrity. He had a good accent too.