Alright you can call me mad, but despite being Asian, I LOVE my meat and potatoes. In fact, I’ve gotten myself into some trouble before because of my love for potatoes. Anyways, I couldn’t have been more excited to try out this next joint, and I apologize for the photo as it’s not among the most appetizing looking dishes I’ve ever captured.
Just step off the Central Station trains and you’ll find yourself in Surry Hills, an inner-city suburb in Sydney that is scattered with many unique shops, cafes and restaurants. About a 10 minute walk and you’ll find yourself on Crown Street, where Mad Spuds Cafe is situated. Now you’re thinking, “What?! A potato cafe?” Yes, yes it is. This little cafe turns a simple organic potato into a true delight. All menu items are of high quality ingredients, made with produce that is locally sourced and is as gourmet as you can get with a potato. Browse their photos on UrbanSpoon and you’ll see what I mean.
We arrived there at a weird time, as they were just closing up shop early for the day. I was a bit disheartened, but asked if we could just quickly order something for takeout. Even though they were cleaning up, they were happy to give us the menu without hesitation. Maybe it was the long weekend, but I hope they don’t do that on a daily basis.
Now, I’ll always have the appetite for a good baked potato, but unfortunately, we had a 9 course dinner planned the same evening. So for a late lunch, we held back and ordered one baked potato to share between the two of us.
Chilli Con Carne Baked Spud
Now yes, this might not look that appetizing, might look extremely messy and sloppy, but my gosh it was delicious! It was the most amazing chilli of spicy beef and organic beans. The two baked potatoes, covered in melted cheese were divine. So soft, so moist, easily falling apart. And that seven seed coleslaw, it provided the perfect tang to break you from the heaviness of the potato. Overall, it was not at all heavy, it was more comforting than anything. In between scooping up bites of the potato, the chilli, the slaw and dab of sour cream, you’d hear me go “Mmm! This is sooo goood!” My only complaint would be that the skin was a bit dry and chewy at the base.
Overall:Surprisingly, Mad Spuds Cafe has quite the extensive menu of breakfast/brunch/lunch dishes! Don't think that you'll be limited to baked potatoes, as you'll be pleasantly surprised. Vegan friendly, vegetarian friendly, I wouldn't hesitate to come back here and would be happy to recommend anyone to give this place a try.
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