Cafe Reviews

Cafe review: Reuben Hills, Surry Hills (Sydney)

Seriously packed on a Sunday at 3pm. This place is buzzing non-stop from the early opening hour (7am most days and 7:30am on Sundays) to the closing bell at 4pm. In Sydney's Surry Hills, Reuben Hills is a wholesaler, cafe and restaurant that doesn't pull any punches in a number of directions.

The roasts here are outstanding. They wholesale, as does every roaster worth their salt and which got in early enough in the trade, and they are served up by a number of cafes around Sydney. They offer a decent variety both wholesale and retail - all Ethiopians, Panamanian, Guatemalan and Kenyan but some unusual micro-origins in the fray.

The coffee here is done well obviously. I ordered their single origin espresso (which I'm always in two minds about... if you're doing a single origin, I like to use a format where I get a rounder and more holistic taste experience like Aeropress or pour-over) was served expertly and brought over promptly. It had a slightly lemony taste, but overall had the warm, buttery but sour and acidic characteristics most african single origin espressos typically exhibit. I was looking forward to the 'bergamot and earl grey' fragrances but was disappointed they didn't come through.

 A double ristretto at reuben hills

A double ristretto at reuben hills

 Reuben hills kitchen and tables

Reuben hills kitchen and tables

And then the food... while this is a coffee blog, you can't miss the food here. It just shouts out at you from the menu. I counted 'salted caramel' in no less than THREE different offerings. The 'really fucking great fried chicken' is apparently as good as it sounds. And the 'NOT reuben' looks fantastic. There are countless other delicious looking and sounding items on the menu with central and south american inspiration and which I plan on systematically cycling through over return visits in the future. Assuming the menu doesn't change.

 Not pictures: Three kinds of salted caramel.

Not pictures: Three kinds of salted caramel.

Definitely worth a stop - any time of the week.