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Review - Bangbang Cafe and Expresso Bar

Far from just another pocket of uber-cool in the designer Surry Hills area, internationally famous DJ Alan Thompson had actually created a cafe that I’d return to - for the food.

Now if you just want to go because it’s cool, well, you won’t be disappointed either. Alan’s perhaps best known for his Ministry of Sound Housexy compilation. His staff are taut and tattooed in tight black t-shirts; the fit-out is cutting edge. Everyone dining wears expensive jeans. Many work in advertising.

Don’t let that deter you from getting a taste of Alan’s homely UK favourites like Welsh Rarebit ($9.50) a classic dish where cheddar cheese, English mustard, Worcestershire sauce, flour and Guinness are grilled on Sonoma sourdough. It's best with an extra drizzle of Worcestershire Sauce, but you can also add some traditional HP if the mood takes you.

The Scottish chef also does a great job with tatty scones on the Scottish Brekkie ($13.50).

Trust me, they’re worth risking the black pudding for, and in any case this is an easy, accessible traditional Scottish black pudding. The roast tomato is also a corker.

In the drinks department there are stylish McLaughlin Milk bottles for (free) Sydney tap water, glam clear plungers for excellent Chamellia Organic Tea ($3.60), and the coffee’s Campos. Need I say more?

Actually I will, the tea is really, really good. My favourite flavour was Lemongrass and Ginger ($3.60) and I am not usually the first to choose tea. It's from Melbourne.

Specially selected baked goods including a demure looking Lemon Polenta Tea Cake ($4.50) pack a big, bright, lemony surprise.

The Chocolate Ganache Tart ($4.50) wasn't demure at all (and bully to demure chocolate, I say). The man knows more than just tunes. 

Bangbang Cafe and Expresso Bar

113 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills
Ph: (02) 9281 0018

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( 7 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 16th, 2010 11:06 am (UTC)
Not so sure...
We tried out bangbang becausse we LOVE Welsh Rarebit... unfortunately we didn't feel this one was up to par... If you like Welsh rarebit... go and checkout Bar Mattino on Abercrombie St, Chippendale and see what you think.
Apr. 18th, 2010 07:58 am (UTC)
Re: Not so sure...
Sounds great! Thanks for the recommendation.
Oct. 16th, 2010 12:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Not so sure...
We love welsh rarebit too and have tried both, although there is no set recipe for this classic dish we found bangbangs to be tastier and for what we believe more authentic, bar mattinos is very sloppy and lacks the oomph from the mustard and worcestershire sauce that bangbangs has, not sure about the addition of asparagus either! but loved the vibe at bangbang, buzzy and friendly with attentive service without being in your face
Nov. 15th, 2010 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: Not so sure...
Seriously??? The bangbang Welsh is akin to soggy cardboard.
I too have tried both, Bar Mattino wins hands down. The mustard on the Bar Mattino one is very present, can't believe you couldn't taste it. I think the addition of asparagus is a nice touch.
May. 23rd, 2010 10:53 am (UTC)
Bangbang Cafe
I like bangbang Cafe food.But its really expensive in comparison to the portion.Most of the items in this cafe are expensive.I hate the price.
May. 24th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
Re: Bangbang Cafe
Do you think the quality is better though, and might that justify the price?
Jun. 22nd, 2010 09:46 am (UTC)
bang bang cafe
loved it will let my friends back in england know excellent food reasonable price.wonderful atmosphere.
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