Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Cafe Chicane, Bond St, Sydney
Tuesday 18 December, 2007
Nestled at the rear of a forecourt between 2 large buildings on Bond St is a real find. Cafe Chicane offers indoor/ outdoor seating, large screen TV's, a bar and restaurant. I didn't know it even existed until today and will definitely be back.
We arrived at 1pm with a group of 8 - the place was packed to the rafters and there was a great buzz. There were no staff around however we found our reserved table and made ourselves comfortable. The decor offers a feature wall, wood panelling on the side wall and low hanging light fixtures - it's appealing and a little bit funky.
Shortly afterwards a staff member appeared and took our drinks orders. The menus were already on the table and we were transfixed. Offering breakfast (including Toby's Estate coffee) & lunch during the week and dinner on Thursday & Friday this place is very, very reasonably priced. The menus also recommend a beer or wine with each meal which is a great touch.
I couldn't go past the steak burger with caramelised onion, iceberg lettuce, tomato and house mayo and I asked for it to be cooked medium rare. My lunch buddies ordered the salt & pepper calamari, grilled salmon, fish & chips and porcini risotto. We did have to wait a little while for our meals however we were in no rush today and were happy to soak up the atmosphere. The staff were run of their feet trying to accommodate the crowds but did so with a smile on their faces.
The meals arrived in stages and my steak burger was delivered on a large white round plate with a small side dish of tomato sauce and a large side dish of chunky fries coated in chicken salt. The steak wasn't cooked medium rare it was more like a medium well steak however it was actually pretty good.
There wasn't much talking as we tucked into our meals. Cafe Chicane is a find - it is very reasonable, the food is good and it offers some great people watching.
Cafe Chicane - Shop 2 /10 Bond Street, Sydney - (02) 9232 4456