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A Surry Hills cafe doing decadent Asian-influenced brunches and lunches.

It can sometimes be hard for cafes to stand out in this city. With so many places peddling their wares, it's not the easiest thing for operators to find their niche — the one little difference that puts them before the rest. I mean, something as simple as geographic location is usually the clincher when I decide where to eat in the morning. At Sticky Fingers, which is nestled in the backstreets of Surry Hills, they've gone for a strongly Asian-influenced menu for both brunch and lunch that tends towards a sweet Sunday morning decadence.

The fit-out in the café is a classic, semi-industrial chic that shows off the history of the building and the suburb. There's a communal table and plenty of space for a few groups, but the option for more intimate dining is there as well. It's a place that caters for everyone, and this is obvious from the menu, as well as the décor.

Look out for breakfast items like the pulled pork Benedict, served on a soft bun and garnished with a forest of fried sweet potato shavings ($18). The pork itself is lovely, not too dry and not too salty, and the overall dish a massive undertaking — perfect for a hungover or famished patron. The lunch menu takes the Asian influence a bit more seriously, with the inclusion of dishes like a succulent duck stir fry ($17). The duck, which can be so easy to overcook, is soft and delicious; a sharp sauce with a subtle umami binds protein, rice and crisp vegetables together.

As is the norm, the coffee rotates regularly (depending on how you take your Joe), and comes from Marrickville's Golden Cobra. It's tops and the Bloody Marys are incredible. All in all, it's a comfortable, welcoming joint with a varied menu that caters for everyone without ever compromising the cafe's brand.

Published on February 09, 2017 by James Whitton

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