Lumière Café – Hills Stalwart
There’s really no end to the great cafés located at Surry Hills and Lumière Café is most definitely one of them. Generous portion sizes, good good, and warm service. You can never have too many of these kinds of cafés really. It’s what keeps me coming back to Surry Hills for brunch.
Lumière is one of the better places in Surry Hills – it’s actually comparable to Bills I reckon, in several menu aspects as well as overall feel.
Considering I drive to Surry Hills just to have brunch…well that’s saying something.
Date Visited: 30/11/2012
Address: 425 Bourke St Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Go-to dish: corn cake stack with poached eggs, bacon, avocado & homemade tomato relish served on sourdough toast
It’s layout is very open-air, the inside of the cafe has large windows that are usually opened, with ample outdoor seating space. It’s very inviting as such.
The interior is functional yet classy – I especially like the light fixtures!
And because I had a picture of it – shakers! Why the heck not :3
Le friend prefers her brunches to be sweet rather than savoury, so it’s no surprise the hotcakes got trotted out.
Comparisons can be made to the ricotta hotcakes at Bill’s, and they’re indeed similar. Friend preferred the ones at Bills still and as for me, I think the ones at Lumière are a little more textured than the smooth butter that are the hotcakes at Bills. They both have their merits nad you’re going to love either one.
There is quite a lot of syrup in the dish here though, so that may rock your boat. But other than that great hotcakes, they are served HOT, and the fruits are fresh and the mascarpone is as excellent. No hesitations in recommending this one provided syrup drenching isn’t too big a deal.
I missed out on getting the famous corn fritters at Bills, so I definitely decided to get the closest representation at Lumière - a corn cake stack w/plenty of awesome. A nice blend of carbs and protein presented in a delicious, delicious manner. I love the look of this dish.
The corn cake itself tastes quite nice – there’s that subtle sweetness of the corn permeating through, and the texture is inviting and crunchy. The bacon was cooked as well as I’d like it – the rind slightly burnt so I’m actually tempted to eat it. I usually wouldn’t want to waste it, even rind so it’s great that they did it that way! The toast I didn’t like so much – it was too tough for me and I had to work it extra hard just to take chewable bits out of it. As a result, I couldn’t really appreciate the taste of it.
But the egg – awesome. The picture really says it all – gooey, just runny enough for me to have to try and collect it all up. That’s the way a poached egg should be! Delicious – made the toast a little more bearable too!
Of course, I was never going to be satisfied from just “one” dish, so I decided to go nuts and ordered the most sugary, carby thing on the menu. To this day I’m not sure why I did such a thing considering how I usually moderate the two “nutrients”. Well, the toasted baguette w/heaps of sweet stuff was still awesome – unlike that sourdough, the toasting made the bread very easy to crunch through whilst retaining its bready texture in the inside. The ricotta was delicious (didn’t need the hotcakes to sample!) and full with sweet cheesiness, while the honey and cinnamon really piled on the last vestiges of guilty flavour.
Perhaps it’s a good idea to order this and share it with many people.
Yeah that’s a great idea actually :S
If you can’t drink too much cold stuff, don’t order this $7 iced coffee – there’s seriously a lot in here (like man, nearly half a litre?) so perhaps it’s also a good idea to share this one. Iced coffee is pretty much as good as they get and Lumière doesn’t have a problem with producing a top notch sample. Go for it if you’re willing to stomach all of it!
Lumière apparently has a famous wagyu beef burger – holy bejeezus I’ve got to try that next time. If its quality is up to scratch in the same way as its other brunch items are, I’ll be sold.
‘Tis a great café and well worth trying out.
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The Good: great brunch food – classic stuff, executed well
What could be better: a little more dare and pizzas in the flavours and variety of food
I give Lumière Café a grand total of eight Caesars out of ten – 8/10