[invite] Bianca: My quest for the best pancakes in Sydney brought us to Surry Hills stalwart Le Monde. It’s a fairly cosy space but despite the cool weather we braved the elements and took up a table outside in the sun.
My Skim capp $3.5 needed a touch of sucre to cut through the bitterness but a fairly reliable drop for those early mornings.
With Felicitations in tow, I knew our visit would involve eggs and bacon.
The Zucchini Fritters -w/ pumpkin hummus, poached egg, fried chickpea, charred cauliflower & capsicum & roquette salad $16 ticks all the boxes for the healthy crowd, the eggs were perfectly poached, I wasn’t particularly taken by the zucchini fritters, feeling they needed more of a bold flavour but Felicity gave them a big thumbs up!
We both zeroed in on the Crunchy Potato Rosti -w/smokehouse bacon, roasted cherry tomato, feta, spinach, poached egg, saffron hollandaise & crushed pistachio $16. This was more up my alley, crispy bacon, pockets of sour creamy feta and that fried potato rosti.
Once I found out the Banana & Fig Bread -w/ fresh fruit & yoghurt $10 was made in house it was a done deal. I’m a fiend for any banana bread situations… throw in some figs, there’s a whole other level of sweet caramelisation. Big fan of this.
But really, the main reason for my visit. The Matcha Hot Cakes -w/ mascarpone cream, fresh fruit, toasted grains & coconut espresso syrup $16. I think if you’re expecting an intense hit of matcha at the forefront you may be disappointed. But for me, these were near perfect. Super super light fluffy pancakes, I enjoyed the texture from the mixed grains, I would have liked a little more of the mascarpone and the coconut espresso syrup was a good alternative to the usual maple syrup. For me, I’d put these up there for some of the best in Sydney.
I’ll also mention that the prices are quite reasonable considering portion sizes, location etc etc.
A pretty strong option whenever you’re around Surry Hills.
*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of Le Monde Cafe.