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Rainford Street Social, Surry Hills

by Shelley Bornstein (follow)
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On Sunday morning we arrived. At 9am, Rainford Street Social was calm and quiet. These Crown Street locals mustn't be as hard core as the Bourke Street ones. They're all out from 7am. After a late Saturday night though, it was just what we needed.

haloumi, avocado & egg roll.


Rainford Street sits on the corner of Crown, and on the street after which it’s named after. You know you’re in the hipster part of Sydney by the Penny Farthing sitting in the front right window. Oh so trendy and I’ll admit it, very cool.

some cool decor


Being one of the first diners of the day, we got our pick of seating and decided to sit outside where we could watch people and enjoy the light breeze. Inside it's timber timber everywhere, as far as the eye can see, and it's lovely. Nice and homey with touches of peacock blue in all the furnishing to give the place light and life. Rainford is all about familial comfort; something they have also included in their food selection, now offering a full roast dinner with all the trimmings - $95 for 2-3 people every Sunday.

homey touches


We sat down and perused the menu. The first thing that caught my eye was the cocktail section…cocktails for breakfast?? Good news folks, if you’re still drinking from the night before or nursing a killer hangover, there is a great selection of cocktails. Items like "The Dude Shake" - with absolut vodka, and Kahlua with vanilla ice cream ($11) has been created just for you. Thank you licensing!

a plethora of drinks


This time, we went with beverages of the non alcohol variety: a long black ($4), Earl Grey ($5) and an orange juice ($6) which was freshly squeezed and delicious.

ready for squeezing


Teas are loose leaf which is great. I hate it when you pay for a tea, and they just chuck a bag in there. I always think, why did I bother.

Now came the main event - the food. We ordered the haloumi, avocado & egg roll ($12), and the scrambled tofu with peas and mint on toast ($17).

The roll was solid but standard. Essentially a bacon and egg roll without the bacon. There was tomato sauce though which was unexpected, and it came with an unnecessarily large serving of rocket which was undressed. The portion size was good though, and the flavours went well together.

the roll- solid but standard


The tofu scramble on the other hand was excellent. Light, flavoursome and served with generous amounts of bread and real butter. The only slightly negative note is that there was a lot of onion in the scramble. I love onion, and thought this was fabulous - but for people who don't, it's not mentioned on the menu, and so could come as a bit of a shock.

Tofu Scramble: unique and tasty


All in all a pleasant morning out. As we got up to leave, I noticed it was 10.30am...the perfect time for some Crown Street shopping.

Rating: 7/10

Where: 500 Crown Street Surry Hills NSW
Why: Pleasant surroundings
Cost: $11-$20
When: Any time, any day.

Good for kids: Yes
Take away: No

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# Surry Hills
# Australian Restaurants
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