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Joe Black, Surry Hills

By Greedy Financier

Another café on my never ending list of cafés to try was Joe Black – a neat little café tucked away on Commonwealth Street in Surry Hills. I had been meaning to go try this café for a while, and so when some friends suggested a long overdue catch-up, I immediately proposed Joe Black as the meet up location.

Inside Joe Black Cafe

We arrived just after midday on a Saturday, and as expected the small café was pretty packed out. Luckily my friends had arrived earlier than me (I tend to run late to everything (not on purpose though!)), and had managed to nab a table in the corner.

A Siphon Coffee Apparatus and Coffee Grinder Machines

Joe Black is known for its coffee – it supposedly offers up some of the best coffee in Sydney. Walking into the café, it’s hard not to notice the bench top lined with several coffee grinders, and even a fancy siphon coffee apparatus. Unfortunately I’m not really a coffee drinker, and instead I opted for a berry smoothie.

Berry Smoothie

The smoothie tasted simply of yoghurt, milk and berries. It wasn’t overly sweet, and in fact tasted very natural. The smoothie was in stark contrast to my order of pilates pancakes – a pancake stack drizzled in chocolate sauce and dusted with icing sugar – named “pilates” because after eating it, you probably need to do pilates to burn off all those calories!

Pilates Pancakes – Pancakes with Strawberries and Chocolate Sauce

The pancakes were soft and fluffy, and by themselves were not sweet. The chocolate sauce – which seemed to be a melted down dark chocolate –  was the perfect accompaniment to the pancakes and provided just the right amount of sweetness.

Storming Norman – Avocado Salsa, Poached Egg and Sourdough Toast

My friends went with much healthier options than myself. My friend who had the storming norman commented that it was a nice dish, but found the red onion in the avocado salsa a little overpowering.

“Amy’s Breakfast” – Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Avocado, Rocket and Sourdough Toast

My other friend (who happens to be named Amy) didn’t order a standard menu item, and instead put together her own breakfast – hence the name “Amy’s Breakfast”. She noted that the bacon was particularly good.

Emptied Out Café – Nearly Closing Time!

By the time we had finished eating, it was nearly closing time, and the café had emptied out. We proceeded to pay our bill and were informed that the kitchen was undergoing renovations and a full menu was still being developed. Despite this, I found the food and atmosphere of the café to be enjoyable, and can’t wait to go back to try their full menu, and perhaps also the famed coffee.


Joe Black

Monday to Friday 7.00am – 5.00pm

Saturday 8.00am – 2.00pm

27 Commonwealth Street

Surry Hills

NSW 2010


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