During my Sydney trip, I went to Surry Hills to meet my friends quite frequently. Surry Hills is just minutes away from Central and is indeed a treasure trove with heaps of good cafes and restaurants. This one, Haven is literally just across the road from the Chalmers Street exit of Central station.
The place was filled with people when I got in. I was so grateful that my friend arrived 10 minutes ahead of me to save us a table. One of the owners (?) greeted us in Cantonese when we were discussing on what to order. We were not particularly surprised that a Hong Konger was running the place because one their signature dishes is the famous Hong Kong street food gai daan jai (egg waffle/eggette).
I was going to try the very stood out savory kimcheese egg waffle but was told that it wasn’t available on the day. So I ordered the tiramisu egg waffle instead. The texture of the waffle was harder and crispier than the ones we normally have in Hong Kong. It’s nice to have the waffle with the mascarpone cheese but I wished the chocolate baked cream was in coffee flavour instead.
Just as the the name implies, customers at Haven (tailoring coffee joyously) can ask to have their coffee tailor made to be more or less acidic, sweet, aromatic and so on. I just ordered a cappuccino without making any special request, but was still very impressed by their idea of serving some sweet raisins with my cup to add a bit of sweetness to it.
My friend had her favourite Geisha cold brew. From the description on their menu: Geisha is a rare special variety of coffee, comparing with most other single origin coffees, Geisha stands out from the crowd with its high complexity in flavour and extremely long and pleasant aftertaste.
This time they served their cold brew with almond nuts which balanced out the acidity of the coffee. This one is a must-try especially on a hot summer day.
… Haven is located on 30-34 Chalmers Street, Surry Hills, Sydney, opposite to the Chalmers Street exit of Central station