Surry Hills is no stranger to new, flashy cafes. So knowing which ones to sit up and pay attention to is important. The latest addition to Cleveland Street is definitely worth a visit, however – Dr. Faustus.
Dr. Faustus, which references the Christopher Marlowe play, opened to intrigued customers last week and boasts a one-of-a-kind menu accompanied by quality coffee and an eclectic past. Owner Adam Kane, who describes himself as first and foremost a writer, has combined his creativity and experience in hospitality to create this unique setting. “I wanted to trade off the idea of the alchemist, the snake-oil salesman, the bluesman that meets the devil at the crossroads. All in some way striving to reach some higher ground, that I believe food and drink can attain,” he says.
Located in a former pharmacy dating back to 1908, it was love at first sight for Kane who spotted the for-lease sign while driving past. “Immediately, I was inspired to dole out modern remedies and elixirs to provide the Surry Hills crowd with their ‘fix’,” he says. Healthy doses of great coffee are sourced from Orange and 1920s-style chairs and tables populate the prescription waiting area. The original heritage cabinetry is the main feature of the room and provides the perfect display for the growing collection of in-house pickling jars. A nifty takeaway window is also there for those on the go.
The creole-inspired menu blends cultures resulting in an exciting mix of classics you may think you know, but with a twist. The Our Way BLT consists of bacon, onion, Gruyere and a foie gras smear on boule. Eggs 3 Ways means pickled hen egg, quail egg, red-eye aioli and caviar. Kane is also currently finalising the liquor license to bring a range of ciders, craft beers and natural wines to the table, along with a hand-cut charcuterie and half-shell clams.
380 Cleveland Street, Surry Hills