Cuckoo Callay | Surry Hills | Sydney | Australia

Cuckoo Callay | Surry Hills | Sydney | Australia



Ever been so hungry that you actually thought there was a monster in you?

Well there is.

Trust me, it's there - festering, brooding, growling, manifesting into something so terrifying unless satisfied... It's hungry, you're hangry, you're fading, you're spiralling down the hole spinning out of control...

...Go to Cuckoo Callay on Crown Street.

Allow the guys at Callay to help slay the hungry Jabberwock within, with a fantastic meal and an out-of-this-world cup of coffee, and by the end of it your tummies will be filled and you will be Callooh-ing for joy.

“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!”
He chortled in his joy.
— Jabberwocky, Lewis Carroll, 1832 - 1898

What's up, Cuckoo?

Inspired by the work of Lewis Carroll and his poem Jabberwock from Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass, Cuckoo Callay is a collaboration of fantastical minds with the dream of producing fundamentally fantastic food and beverages through hard work, passion, and a little bit of thinking outside the box (and down the rabbit hole!)



Whether you're stopping to feed the famished mammoth within, or drowning in the vast tears of lack-of-caffeine-itus, Cuckoo Callay invites you to sit down, put your feet up, and celebrate beamishly as you immerse yourself in their world of silliness, playfulness, and for a brief moment - to not take life so seriously.


Today Mr. Cardi drank a Long Black by Coffee Alchemy

Let's get real: Baristas today are the alchemists of yesteryear.

Every day they concoct the elixirs of life that allow us to perform basic functions.

Can't even wake up? Coffee.
Can't even talk? Coffee.
Can't even? Coffee.


Today's brew is from Colombia, which was dark and full-bodied, slightly acidic and broody, and they serve it with a really tiny glass of sparkling.


Seriously, it's sooooo small!!

Right now I feel like Alice at the door, and when she ate that cookie that made her a giant.

Guess I need to drink more elixir...


Today I drank a Cold Drip

Today's filter is Kenyan, which is one of my absolute favourite filter coffees aside from Ethiopian. Kenyan filters tend to be strong and toffee-like with bold fruit flavours, and this one was no different.

Very tasty!

Cold Brew vs. Cold Drip - what's the difference and which is better?

A Cold Brew is black coffee typically made overnight in the fridge with ice water.

A Cold Drip is a filter black coffee produced with a special cold drip apparatus using iced water and a 12-16 hour slow dripping process.

While both sound similar, they actually produce quite different tasting coffees.

Cold Brew coffee tends to be strong, punchy and bold, and it can be had with milk or sugar, whilst the Cold Drip method produces a delicate, smooth and silky beverage that is designed to be had on its own.

Which is better? It is up to you to find out! 

Today Mr. Cardi had the Bacon Mac Daddy

Double smoked bacon + bacon mac 'n' cheese + 63-degree poached egg + tomato relish + fried shallots in a buttery croissant

This thing is a BEAST.

Look at it, spilling open like that, why it's almost like it's about to come alive and devour us at any moment!

Luckily, our mouths can slay a thousand of these bad daddies, and this Jabberwock shall feast today on this gargantuan manifestation of glutton. Crispy croissant, creamy mac 'n' cheese, savoury smoked bacon, and that runny egg - WOW!

Absolutely slain! Seriously, it didn't even stand a chance!!

Today I ate the Sideways Shuffle

Blue swimmer crab cake with corn & avocado salsa, watermelon, cucumber & lemon jelly and a 63° poached egg

Poor Blue Swimmer Crab, it couldn't shuffle any faster to get away from my plate, could it? 

Unlike the colossal creature before it, this little critter may be bit more modest but let's be honest - the star of the show!

Also, who knew egg, crab and watermelon would make such a ridiculously good combo?!


This week's blog has been inspired by Cuckoo Callay's Jabberwocky poem, by Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking Glass.

Thank you for reading! Share with your friends, family, and other foodies!  Please give feedback so I may always be improving on my writing, photography, and finding new ways to stuff my face. Now go out and try more food and report back with your next favourite!

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