There’s a little cluster of restaurants on Crown Street with some cool stores in the mix too (the fabulous Mud ceramics has opened a Surry Hills outpost here). Skully on Crown is very new, with a big hipster sign, and comfy looking wooden seats. I think it would be hard to compete with Four Ate Five who have been so consistent for so many years, the Organic cafe (O Cafe) which obviously has its fans, and Mad Spuds, which, while I’m not a fan of their marketing and cartoon potato, obviously know how to create a local clientele (including through serving very good food: I had a great lunch here).
Skully looks like it has a Middle Eastern menu, with a varied and inviting looking lunch menu, with Surry Hills prices, a bit pricy, but within the bounds of reason (for the neighbourhood). I’ll report more if I lunch there, but this time, it was just for a casual coffee (and to scope out the place and because Gnome has become Brewtown Coffee Roasters and while their seats, in the sunshine, looked much more inviting, they said they were closed at 3pm, even though the sign on their door clearly says 4pm).
It’s always sad in a town that has such good coffee to not get latte art. I’m addicted. Sue me. But the taste was fine. My friend had tea, which is hard to f*** up.