Vanessa: Lately I have found myself floored by the high standard of food and eateries in the suburbs. Cheat Day Sydney is no exception and, tucked away in a quiet street of suburban Peakhurst, I got the feeling that the locals are pretty impressed also.
Just stepping foot inside Cheatday Sydney gives you an uplifiting feel, with the tunes pumping overhead (at an appropriate decibel so as not to interrupt conversation), the buzz from its patrons and the mouth-watering dishes that are steadily flowing out from the kitchen.
As the name suggests, the cafe offers various dishes that one might consider for a cheat day option, not to say that all dishes are highly calorific, but there are a few that may have you needing to put in an extra sesh that week.
The passionate owner, George, greets us and talks us through his vision for wanting to create an interior that was reflective of a gym. The detailing includes the mural of “Arnie”, the metal lockers, the punching bag and the very cool bar stool seats with pedals, in case you want to burn off a few of the calories as you consume them!
As we sit down to ponder our brunch decision, I noted there was a very steady flow of people coming up to the open frontage of the cafe to order takeaway coffee..I can see why. The coffee got the tick of approval from me and being a sleep deprived mum, I take my coffee very seriously these days and can quickly determine the good from the bad!.
Mr M and I, along with our junior foodie ,Baby V, had our eyes firmly locked on the infamous cheesecake Pavlova we had heard so much about, but savory first for us always.
The housecured salmon with labne, slow cooked eggs and parsley on sourdough,$21, is wonderful day to get your taste buds going. A very light dish that is fresh and zesty with perfectly creamy labne that goes so well with the salmon. Deceptively substantial as well.
The double cheeseburger with house pickles and seasoned fries, $21.90, is one memorable burger. Two medium-cooked patties with a generous amount of oozing cheese, sandwiched between a glossy milk bun with strips of crispy bacon is one glorious cheat day meal right there! The house pickles have the perfect amount of acidity and the sauce is creamy, tangy and offsets any grease from the patties nicely. Mr M and I were both extremely impressed by this and would come back for the burger alone!
To ensure you get your protein hit for the day, the C.D.S Protein Shake, $12, consisting of coconut water, vanilla protein, banana, blueberries, cinnamon and coconut oil will have you covered. Cleverly served in a protein shaker to compliment the overall vibe of the cafe.
We had of course ensured we left room for THE cheesecake pavlova $14. When I said earlier that I was impressed by the standard of food in suburbia, this is a solid example of why. Exquisitely plated with so much attention paid to detail, the cheesecake pavlova is a work of art.
It is a textural explosion of perfectly sweet and creamy mouse style cheesecake, cake crumbs and dollops of meringue finished off with vibrant fruits and edible flowers. It really is worth the workout to indulge in this delightful dish.
We are still talking about how impressed we were with the standard and quality of the food at Cheat Day Sydney. Well worth a visit for the Cheesecake Pavlova alone but if like me you are savoury first always, you wont be disappointed by the options. Baby V is already in training for his next visit!
Photos by Vanessa
*For Foods Sake dined as guests of Cheat Day Sydney