Surry Hills Servo
Surry Hills Servo is a takeaway spot with a passion for “good, interesting food” for nine-to-fivers.
There’s a carnival of options at the Servo, which sits on the opposite corner across from Brooklyn on Commonwealth Street. Menus are confirmed the day before; everything is made in small batches for the day; and all items are stocked in glass counters, on serving racks or mini-fridges.
The options could include yellow-curry sausage rolls; coq au vin; Milo scrolls; raspberry, ginger and beetroot parfait; and Servopops, in blueberry and coconut water, or bergamot. Takeaway boxes – salmon and rice or tofu, say – are stocked with one little fun item: a Freddo Frog, a lollipop or a glass tub of yogurt.
There’s cold-pressed juice from Rainy Lane, iced tea and cold brew made in-house, and breakfast jars (in glass, with a $1-off return offer) with tapioca or bircher. There’s no espresso machine at Servo. Instead, it serves Aeropress and drip coffee from Little Marionette and Black Velvet, a Melbourne-based roaster.
The space, formerly a computer-repair store, is a cosy two-seater spot below street level, equal parts upscale service station and family lounge room.