Neighbour to Formaggi Ocello, Boscage opened a few weeks ago, serving modern Australian cuisine for breakfast and lunch. Owner Chowdhury Beizid formerly worked at Fish Face and Lox, Stock and Barrel. The coffee counter, serving coffee from Five Senses sits at the entrance, facing the street, with a few outdoor tables and benches next to it. Tarts and muffins line the bench for quick pick-up. So do cold-pressed juices and homemade sodas.

If you’re looking to hang around a little longer, at the back you’ll find a large dining room with wooden tables and stools, as well as a bar and an open kitchen. High windows light up the room and green plants, pickle-filled jars and wine bottles decorate the space.

The team collaborated on the menu, with head barista Yianni Papaioannou and floor manager Cleo Alysandratos creating dishes. “Everything here is made from scratch, from bread and butter to the sticky chai and the syrup used in milkshakes,” says Papaioannou. “We chose to pick inclusions from different cultures and incorporate it all in a modern menu,” says Alysandratos.

The breakfast menu features dishes such as black-rice porridge with poached strawberries, fresh coconut and date sugar; and a chorizo scotch egg, with braised beans and herb salad. As for lunch, you can choose from a large range of sandwiches and larger mains, including house-made gnocchi with pork shank and oyster mushroom ragout. A mix of Italian and Asian influences reflects a growing trend in Sydney of mashing up cuisines in original ways.

Come back at the end of June and you’ll be able to stay for dinner or a glass of wine at the bar.

Shop 15, 425 Bourke Street, Surry Hills
(02) 9357 3427

Daily 6.30am–3.30pm