Locals have been watching work unfold on the mysterious dark facade for some months now and finally today, Blacksmith has opened its doors on the oft-overlooked Prince Alfred Park end of Surry Hills.
The bakery/cafe/ bar is making a lot of its fare in house, from fresh sourdough loaves, baguettes, brioche and pastries, to the more serious looking cabinet of French-inspired cakes and tarts.
Dark, brassy interiors give way to a bakery on the left and an eat-in area to the right. Remaining true to its name, no detail has been overlooked to create interiors heavy in forged metal, rope and industrial period accents.
The menu features a mix of lunchtime favourites, including baguettes and salads (the Confit Chicken with Brown Rice caught our eye, as did the Siam Hot Dog with pickled radish and Sriracha), smoothies, cold drinks (peanut butter & chocolate, anyone?) fresh juices, and a more substantial sit-down menu offering staples like a Rump Steak ($22), Fish & Chips, and some decadent looking burgers, including a Soft Shell Crab version.
The brekky menu is also substantial, with eggs, toasties, bircher and Brioche French toast featured. Or, opt for the ‘Smithy’ Breakfast Burger: pesto fried egg, cheddar cheese, pickled slaw and chilli jam on a house made brioche bun. Drool.
Coffee is by way of Toby’s Estate with house-made blends and Cold Drip also on offer. The cafe is licensed too, making it ideal for client lunches in need of some social lubrication.
Blacksmith is a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
Corner of Rutland & Chalmers Streets
Surry Hills NSW 2010