Sydney Food Diary: Blacksmith, Surry Hills

I’ve mentioned it before in my blogs but I have great admiration for ANY restaurant in Sydney that has staying power. It’s a tough business, a tough market, and lots of work. Blacksmith in Surry Hills has staying power, and seems to be ticking along nicely making great food in a fun atmosphere.

I was last here over three years ago! This time I brought a friend who’s vegetarian, and I’m experimenting with the keto diet. As a vegetarian, David often has limited choices at restaurants, which often mean vegetarian burgers, but he commented right away and after: he’s had many veggie burgers but this one was really, really good.

For me, the dish that looked most free of carbs was a caesar salad. I opted to have it with chicken rather than salmon and while I also have had a lot of caesar salads in my time, this one was pretty much perfect, tasting more of chicken than salad, with a great combo of cheese, creamy dressing, chicken, greens, a soft-boiled egg and croutons. Oh, and bacon. Mmmmm….

All this with good coffee, friendly service and funky decor, though with the theme being ‘Blacksmith’, the furniture and decorations are comically heavy.

In any case, Blacksmith: keep up the good work. I’ll be back sooner than three years next time!

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Very tasty combo salad on a rather pretty blue plate.

There’s this thing going on in Sydney cafés at the moment which seems to be a moment. Lots of wood, a bit of iron. Great coffee, moving into cocktails and drinks after work. A casual feel but a contemporary, smart menu with a nod to those are health-conscious and a friendly, jokey Australian tone. Lighting not too bright.

IMG_3033 Blacksmith has always been busy when I’ve went by so we decided to stop by for lunch in March. There was an amusing sign about caffeine addicts near the coffee machines and a glass counter that looked full of luscious pastries.


IMG_3067My lunch pal had a baguette and seemed pleased with it. Also a blue protein shake and drink and we’re wondering whether the mason glass jars will ever go away, or whether they’ve just become part of local culture. I had a combo salad because I couldn’t decide between the green one (with risoni and broccoli and pesto) and the chicken confit and… oh, I don’t remember all the ingredients. It was delicious.

I went back in July for brunch, and had this luscious breakfast burger pictured below. My better half had a very healthy quinoa salad with avocado and goat’s cheese and stuff. Yummy, and lovely to sit outside on a sunny winter’s day. The place was hopping!

With Meadow Cafe just across the street and a stumble into the park away, how did two such good cafés open so near to each other within a year?




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