Where: 485 Crown Street, Surry Hills 2010
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 7am - 3.30pm; Sat 7.30am - 3.30pm; Sun 9.30am - 2.30am
Phone: 02 9698 6485
Sometimes you can't describe a place without the overuse of adjectives that highlight its awesomeness. This appears to be the case with Four Ate Five, so let the compliments begin.
Yes, on the weekends you'll be hard pressed to bag a seat straightaway, but it's definitely worth waiting it out. And while you do, it might be an idea to check out the tempting pastries displayed in the window, including almond croissants, carrot cake muffins, and lamingtons (from $3.50).
The temptations don't stop here. Around for breakfast? Moroccan baked eggs ($17) come out piping hot and are topped with almonds and creamy labne. The dish is quite a marvellous take on something so simple. The homemade creamed corn ($17) is, perhaps, a little dangerous though; you might be left laughing in the face of the canned variety forevermore because Four Ate Five's version is bang on. Just after eggs? Easy. Scrambled, poached, or fried ($9) can all be jazzed up with a side of potato and fennel hash ($3.50), beef chipolatas ($3.50) or smoked salmon ($4).
For the sweet tooths amongst us there's plenty of choice, too. The French toast stuffed with bananas and served with maple syrup, marscapone, and rhubarb ($14) or a healthy fruit smoothie ($7.50) will go down a treat as will the chocolate deluxe shake ($6) for the ultimate AM sugar fix.
Visiting for lunch can be quite the experience as well. The pulled pork sandwich ($13) is notoriously tasty, and the chicken sandwich ($13) shouldn't go unrecognised either — the spicy eggplant salsa giving it a slight kick. After something more substantial? Try a grilled barramundi salad ($20) or a homemade pot pie ($15). Wash 'em back with a fresh juice ($5.50) or an iced cold coffee frappe ($6) and you're in business.
Four Ate Five has a cute fitout with nothing too over the top going on. Service here is friendly and atmosphere aplenty. Happy eating!
By Aimee Sics
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