Forbes and Burton, sitting on the corner of its namesake streets in Darlinghurst, is also directly opposite my daily bus to work. Alas, this has been the extent of my contact with the establishment. Put to the task of finding a place to have breakfast with M&R, who’re visiting for Melbourne, I cast my personal net to the unknown and recommend Forbes and Burton. I didn’t expect they’d be disappointed though… F&B has had a lot of great reviews in the several years it’s been around.
We take the short walk from my place and, unfortunately, the entire place is full. Despite being such a cold, overcast day, even the tables outside are taken. We put our name down and wait outside. It’s not long before hip waitstaff (Is Hawaiian Vampire Weekend prep a hip look?) comes out to take our coffee orders while we wait. Thankfully, the wait isn’t too long – a table frees up and our coffee promptly served.
Speaking of which, service was snappy and attentive; they did their best to accomodate everyone. And I do mean everyone. Though a table was available to us quite quickly, it was clearly only for two. (Alas, ’tis the problem with dining with three in crowded restaurants.) A bit smooshy but it meant eating sooner (and R’s other plans could be met). Not as bad as a couple who were so smooshed, one of them only had space to sit on a stool.
M had the Croque Monsieur, a double smoked virginia ham, swiss gruyere, mustard béchamel, creme fraiche toasted sandwich. It’s a simple dish but he confirms one of the best he’s had. The sour cream on top gave it a tangy bite.
R had the “FAB” Bacon and Egg Roll, house made caramelised onion, organic egg & crispy bacon. Another hit.
I had the Organic Three Egg Spanish Omelette, with chorizo, potato, tomato, manchega cheese and rocket. There was more potato than I would have preferred but they were still good: bite-sized with a crisp skin. It was delicious but would have been better with spicier chorizo or a little Tabasco.
Note the building’s interior. It’s the same sandstone externally and across the road at the National Art School (also the former gaol).
The word? Recommended. A tasty breakfast and a couple of coffees for about $20 to $25 each.
Forbes & Burton
252 Forbes Street,