four ate five reviews
BROADSHEET REVIEW - April 27th, 2018
“Watching the goings on at Four Ate Five through their Crown Street doorway is fascinating – kind of like watching someone host a party in a walk-in wardrobe. Blurs of coloured socks, mismatched floral prints and tattooed arms crash into one other as the staff try to accommodate each new arrival and as they deliver plates of food to tables.
The crowd might be mismatched here, but they’re often happy to share the booth or the communal table as they eat their BLT or toasted cheese sandwich.
The menu is simple and straight up here. Think cafe favourites like a giant roast beef sandwich with onion relish, aioli and polski ogorki (gerkins), or a creamy Caesar salad.
Lamingtons, hummingbird or carrot cakes with cream cheese icing are the perfect afternoon tea, along with Marsala chai. On hot days they even make refreshing coffee granitas.
The décor is uncomplicated and there’s nothing overly styled or designed, with local artworks hanging from the walls. There are no frills at Four Ate Five; it’s just homely and casual with good food and warm hearts.”
TIME OUT SYDNEY REVIEW
“Why is this unassuming place pretty much kicking the arse of every other café in town right now? Well, they're doing exceptional food, great juices (watermelon, lemon and mint, say, or apple, pineapple and mint), Single Origin coffee, and although they're a little herbal (they sling chai and serve organic soft drinks, small-estate teas and the like) they're not big posers.
Visit the open-plan café for lunch and order the pulled pork sandwich. It's a marvel, and not just because pork is the king of all meats. It's because the striations of sweet, sweet meat meld seamlessly with cooling fresh cucumber and apple spiced up with tomato chutney and slathered with aioli on dark sourdough.
Coming in at photo finish is the rare roast beef number. Sweet Polish pickled cucumbers (polski ogorki), thick slices of tomato, Dijon mustard and cos lettuce with onion relish is a sloppy, messy, fall-apart-in-your-hands-before-it-gets-to-your-mouth affair. Tuck your napkin into your top and put another on your lap. This is a sandwich that takes commitment.
Of course, you could always eat the burger instead, which comes with tasty hand-cut chips, all nubbly and golden with their skins still on. It's a beef burger in all its glory with cheddar cheese melted on the patty, pickled beetroot, onion, lettuce and tomato.
There's also the pie. It's pumpkin and eggplant and totally fine, but we'll be going back for the free-range chicken version. Other things we'll be going back for? The Caesar salad with poached egg, white anchovies and bacon, and we can't resist a good ol' fashioned chocolate milkshake. But then, nor can we resist mango and vanilla or banana, cinnamon and honey.
Four Ate Five is the type of café we'd eat in every day. It's got brilliant food, friendly service and a pulled pork sandwich that visits us in our dreams.”
SYDNEY CAFE’s REVIEW
Surry Hills is a fave of the cool kids it must be said. I am not a cool kid by any stretch of the imagination, but I certainly try and act like one, and although I often fail, I have definitely secured a win by finding and dining at this amazing little cafe. The food, the food, the food. That’s how excited I am about this place…
I get here and I find that it is packed, they made me wait for a while and let me tell you I am a hungry man. It’s worth it though as the food, as previously mentioned is mouth watering. Also, allow the people here to take time in preparation of your meal, sit around and enjoy the vibes, read a book, and for the rockers among you, it’s not infrequent to sit around and be listening to the Stones.
I guess this is the part you’ve been waiting for my friends, the food.
Generous portions of mouth-watering goodness. The pulled pork sandwich, beautiful sweet strands of pork with fresh apple and cucumber, spicy tomato chutney, drenched in aioli on dark sourdough…
If you don’t want to dribble on yourself again, do not read the following.
How about french toast stuffed with banana and served with maple syrup, mascarpone and rhubarb? Ok, ok, I promise not to do that to you again!
What other media are saying about Four Ate Five:
“Four Ate Five is the type of café we’d eat in every day. It’s got brilliant food, friendly service and a pulled pork sandwich that visits us in our dreams.” ~ Time Out Sydney (Their first ever 5 star review)
“There’s no doubt this cafe will seduce you, so upon your journey along Crown St pop in for a fresh juice, or dig in to their playful, tasty takes on breakfast staples” ~ Small Lust.
For someone who likes his vodka with a dash of vodka, the drinks here are healthy but also taste good. I resist the urge to get my hip flask out and power my drinks up, because honestly they taste good and I feel pretty special sipping away on my chai tea, feeling like some omniscient indian guru, imagination much? Seriously though they have some of the best tea available in Sydney: organic green sencha, Okinawan green tea, Lady Grey, English breakfast, organic peppermint or for locals preparing for an afternoon nap, organic chamomile, all from the fab team at Worldpartea.
My overall impression of the place is, did i mention the food is amazing?! Seriously, leave work/home/your significant other NOW and run there! It’s worth it!
Four Ate Five Cafe
485 Crown Street, Surry Hills, 2010, NSW
02 9698 6485