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23 August 2012 @ 09:53 pm
Cowbell 808  
Oops, apologies for my absence...it has been a while since I've been back from Canada...but I'm back with the new kid on the Surry Hills block.

Cowbell 808 (616 Bourke St Surry Hills) is a retro inspired cafe complete with hip hop graffiti feature wall, indoor basketball hoop, a counter behind a row of old school vinyl records and lego knick knacks...I think my 80's McDonald's happy meal toys will fit right in here. The kitchen is small but they make mostly everything on the premises, even smoking their bacon and the house blend Toby's Estate made for a delicious coffee. It took a while however our food eventually arrived on our vinyl table burnt with an iron. I had the Pork 'n' beans on toast, a mountain of white beans and hearty saucy pork with a nice kick of tabasco topped with grated provolone made for a perfect brunch on this winter's day. Bill naturally wanted to try the Cowbell 808 burger a ground beef pattie, lettuce, cheese, pickles and a side of onion rings. I loved the onion rings and wished we could have ordered a side of these to share! My friend had the Grilled Eggplant roll which we agreed was the tastiest dish of the day fried cauliflower, eggplant, hommus and mint on grilled flatbread.

If you're feeling adventurous and in the need of some comfort food you can't go past the Fat Stacked Hotcakes with marscapone, bacon ice cream and espresso syrup, which we're saving for next time!

Cowbell 808
Lismore spoon
turn around Mr Legohead
Cowbell 808 Burger
Pork 'n' Beans on Toast

With our bellies full, it was off to the 18th Biennale of Sydney to check out the exhibitions on Cockatoo Island. My favourites were the Hylozic Series: Sibyl and the Dune lights in the Dog Leg Tunnel while Bill enjoyed the Living Chasm a pure water fog.

Biennale of Sydney ends 16 Sept
The River
Domesticated Turf

Domesticated Turf
Industrial doillies made of sand

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Melanie YoungMelanie Young on August 24th, 2012 01:37 am (UTC)
Been hearing lots of good things about Cowbell 808. The eggplant roll sounds really yummy.
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on August 24th, 2012 02:38 am (UTC)
Yep I would def come back for the eggplant roll!
(Anonymous) on August 26th, 2012 11:59 pm (UTC)
Tina @ bitemeshowme
The eggplant roll sounds delicious - if only there was a photo so I could drool all over it :P I've been wanting to go to the exhbition on Cocktaoo Island. Sadly it's just too much of a trek for me :(
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on September 8th, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
Re: Tina @ bitemeshowme
Mm it is! Try it when you get back ;)
Oh at least you can still see some parts of the exhibition at MCA, we took the free ferry so it wasn't too bad :)
allyoudoiseat.wordpress.com on September 5th, 2012 12:28 am (UTC)
Ohh yum!!! That pork and bean toast... omg...
oh_ayanaoh_ayana on September 8th, 2012 03:00 am (UTC)
Yummo, I'm going to try and recreate it at home in a pressure cooker :)