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Dad and the Frog

The local legends behind this unassuming Surry Hills spot take pride in inventive dishes and bloody good cups of coffee.
By Alec Jones
November 21, 2023
By Alec Jones
November 21, 2023

Walking down Fitzroy Street in Surry Hills, any passerby with their face in their phone could miss the unassuming exterior of Dad and the Frog, save for a colourful chalk design that marks the charm and character of this inner-city gem. Owners Daniel Ng and Baptiste Viard are certainly doing something right — the cafe won Toby's Estate Local Legends competition for 2023, beating out every other Toby's Estate-pouring cafe in the state.

The team prides their position in the legendary Surry Hills hospitality scene, curating a menu that combines locally produced ingredients with a range of sauces, relishes, jams and pickled delights made in-house. Tuck into french toast with brie cheese, berry compote, crumbled pistachio and caramelised apple or swiss brown mushrooms with pancetta, two poached eggs, sour cream and black truffle oil on toasted rye.

The fun doesn't stop at breakfast either. The lunch menu is packed with toasted sandwiches, hearty burgers and nourishing bowls, while alcoholic drinks are available from 11am to close.

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