Alex: Well well well, if no one has heard of Devon Cafe, then they’re clearly oblivious to the wacky creations that are created behind these somewhat normal doors. Devon has now opened its new Devon on Danks which is where we decided to lose our “dev-ginity”. As we were coming for breakfast I really wasn’t expecting to be walking out feeling like I had eaten a giant cow but you win some you lose some.
Since it was a relatively early saturday morning, the day couldn’t start without a coffee so myself and Vanessa ordered a skim mocha and a skim flat white. The coffee was okay. I generally get my coffee from Workshop or Gumption in the city so I can look past the coffee considering their up against some major competition.
Our first savoury of the morning was the cleverly named Dr Seuss’s Green Egg and Ham with bacon, potato, 63° egg, green ketchup, pea puree, soybeans, pea tendrils, jus. The dish itself was visually stunning, with a beautifully vibrant green ketchup and pea puree poured over the perfectly cooked 63° egg. The ham had an intriguingly wonderful smokey flavour that was enhanced after each tender bite. We all agreed though, that almost half of the ham was just a thick fat rind which left us a little disappointed. Next up was the Lucky Duck – buckwheat crepe, duck leg, duck liver parfait, fried duck egg, blueberry preserve. They’re definitely on point with the innovative ideas, but in terms of delivering that throughout each dish is another story. The egg was perfect. I’ve never had a duck egg and it actually had some beautifully rich flavour that I wasn’t expecting, but the duck and buckwheat crepe were a let down. The crepe had no distinct flavour and the duck was just not something that I could stomach that early in the morning, Bianca, however enjoyed the duck just perhaps NOT for breakfast.
The Soft Shell Crab Roll with sichimi pepper, wasabi mayo, tobiko, nori, pickled cucumber, daikon, carrot, and shiso was thankfully a winner! The dishes on the menu are heavily inspired by japanese cuisine and this was particularly moreish, especially with that added spice from the wasabi mayo. It was great to compare and contrast to the soft shell crab burger from Bowery Lane that was also a winner.
As everything was sort of coming at the same time it was hard to keep up and digest everything but the last savoury of the morning was the Breakfast with the Sakumas – king salmon, smoked eel croquette, 63° egg, faddish salad and kepi mayo. I don’t eat salmon or eel, but before I knew that the croquette was eel, I had a bite, and it had the distinct fishy flavour that I cannot stomach, so I unfortunately am not the best person to be writing about this one! But from what I gathered from the other bloggers, the salmon was delish! Very soft and gave off the appearance and taste (according to Bianca, of being confit’ed).
And now onto the important stuff…
If no one has ever gone through drive through maccas and ordered a small fries with a mcflurry or soft serve then honestly you either haven’t lived or perhaps you still have your sanity. That combination was a regular occurrence for me when I was 16-17 (who am I kidding, the last time I had it was a couple of months ago). So when I saw the Salted caramel soft serve and chips hit the table, my eyes lit up and I kept smiling at Bianc and Vanessa. The smile was more of a ‘get out of my way so I can eat it’ look now that I think about it. This wonderful creation is the perfect mix of salty and sweet. With each bite you can almost feel your bum getting bigger!
So I’m almost certain that I squealed like a little girl when the “Little Lost Bread”Brioche French Toast with Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream came out. Us crazy bloggers frantically raised our cameras and shot away. The ensemble of crushed nuts, strawberry jam and balsamic reduction all helped in creating perfect harmony with this spectacular dish. The french toast oddly had a similar taste to that of a croissant but in no way did it resemble it texture wise. The strawberry cheesecake ice-cream was a great addition and it was a beautiful sight as we cut into it and the ice cream just enveloped the whole board. Just thinking about it makes my mouth salivate! Now enjoy some french toast porn!
When we first walked into Devon the Cronuts immediately caught my wondering eye. I also love how they fry and make the cronuts so everyone can see!
We were able to try all three flavours which were:
-Sweet Mayo w/ Pork Floss: Definitely our least favourite. We all agreed that this is one that you either love or hate and unfortunately… we hated it. The sweet mayo left an extremely unenjoyable aftertaste that thankfully the milo cronut got rid of!
-Milo Ganache w/ more milo This was great! The milo ganache oozed out as you cut into it and was not as heavy as I thought it would be.
-Red Bean & Matcha: Surprisingly, this was my favourite! An interesting combination of flavours and textures, each bite was different and fun.
And for those like me who can’t get enough of the desserts, they also offer, donuts, cakes, croissants and more!
Definitely a great place to go. I’d love to go for dinner or a late lunch one day as I feel that all that heavy food would be easier to handle later on in the day. But there definitely blowing everyone away with those desserts! I’ll go back for that french toast and the soft serve and chips alone. Mmhm.
Until next time (when I waddle back 10 kilos heavier)
*For Food’s Sake dined at Devon On Danks courtesy of Wasamedia & Devon On Danks, all opinions however are independent and our own.