So, the Alta Building on Goulburn Street at Riley Street was finished at the end of 2011. Which means I’ve seen 7 or 8 years of restaurants and cafes come and go at the ground level. There was Pachamama House, a Peruvian-Japanese place. There was Pisco Pisco, which I assumed was a rename from the same owners. Could there have been Jazz City, a foray into American BBQ? MO Surry Hills, which was always a popular and buzzy cafe around the corner moved into this space and then disappeared not much later. My sense is that it’s one of those cursed locations. Possibly the strange shape of it makes it hard to run. Certainly the large outdoor area should make it inviting, but no one’s ever managed to do it. I feel sad for anyone there.
Out of sympathy, when my pal Davy suggested meeting there, I thought we should give Pelican Hills a go. And truthfully, I heard they had a really rough start. One friend went, intending to go for lunch, and the chef hadn’t turned up so they weren’t serving food. I heard something else negative, though I don’t remember the details. Also, I have cognitive dissonance with an image of a flamingo above the word “pelican”.
So, I was happy to find, for our mid-morning coffee, that the Pelican Hills served up coffee quickly with nice latte art. My large latte was delicious and Davy’s Golden Turmeric Latte was tasty and different. The service was very friendly and they asked me when I paid how everything was. ‘Great,’ I said, and I meant it. So good I’ll be back to try food sometime too.