Excelsior Jones, Ashfield

Excelsior Jones

Sydney’s inner west suburb of Ashfield is famous for its countless Chinese restaurants along Liverpool road serving all kinds of dumplings and xiao long baos.

But tucked away from the busy restaurant strip in the residential area on Queen street is a favourite cafe among the locals.

A decidedly unusual name for a café, owners James Naylor and Anthony Svilicich wanted Excelsior Jones to reflect its historical street location – formerly Excelsior street, subsequently renamed Jones street before finally settling for its current Queen street.

Dining room, Excelsior Jones, Ashfield

Dining room, Excelsior Jones, Ashfield

The food and casual vibe of the café has been whole-heartedly embraced by the locals in Ashfield since they opened early last year.

On the breakfast menu until 12 noon each day include sour cherry raisin toast ($5), house-made granola ($10), bircher muesli ($12) and eggs Benedict ($15) among many other favourites.

Flat white $3.50

Flat white $3.50

Naylor, Svilicich and their team must be doing something right as they were awarded Best New Cafe in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Cafe Guide 2013.

Bacon and egg sandwich $10

Bacon and egg sandwich $10

As we are here at 12.30pm, we just miss out on the breakfast menu (until to 12 noon) and I was pining for a simple bacon and eggs with toast.

I spot a wholesome bacon and egg sandwich on the table next to us. Rocket leaves, capsicum relish, streaky bacon and a poached egg is gently sandwiched between two thick slices of sourdough.

It’s too thick to eat as a sandwich and besides, it might get a bit messy with that soft egg yolk.

So it looks like I’m going to get my bacon and eggs on toast after all.

Bacon and egg sandwich $10

Bacon and egg sandwich $10

The wobbly egg tells me it is beautifully poached.

Freshly grind black pepper is all I need to give this egg some respect. And respect is indeed earned when a gentle stab of my knife releases that runny egg yolk in all its golden glory.

Bacon and egg sandwich with capsicum relish and garlic aioli

Bacon and egg sandwich with capsicum relish and garlic aioli

Garlic aioli spread on one side of the sourdough adds a subtle zing to the sweet capsicum relish.

House-smoked salmon hash $16

House-smoked salmon hash $16

Apparently one of the hottest item on the menu is a chunky potato hash with an option of either pork hock or house-smoked salmon.

Mysaucepan chooses the latter and it arrives with another beautiful poached egg on top, garnished with some dried herbs, micro leaves and chopped chives.

Poached egg on top of house-smoked salmon hash

Poached egg on top of house-smoked salmon hash

A stab of the knife reveals yet again another glorious egg yolk.

Poached egg on top of house-smoked salmon hash

Poached egg on top of house-smoked salmon hash

Looks like we have egg yolk extravaganza today.

The gooey yolk oozing onto chunks of smoked fish, potato hash and crispy fried buckwheat adds a rich and eggy creaminess to the whole dish.

House-smoked salmon and hash

House-smoked salmon and hash

Good as it is, Mysaucepan is having trouble finishing the generous portion of this dish.

As I gladly pick on bits of smoked salmon and potato hash with my fork, I can see why this dish has been such a hit since day one. The dilemma for me is whether I can resist this smoked salmon option in favour of the pork hock the next time we return.

Excelsior Jones, Ashfield

Excelsior Jones, Ashfield

So dear readers, do you prefer a late breakfast or brunch during weekends and what would be a favourite dish?

Excelsior Jones
139a Queen street
Ashfield, New South Wales

http://www.excelsiorjones.com

Excelsior Jones on Urbanspoon

Tel: +61 2 9799 3240

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 7.30am – 4pm, Saturday & Sunday 8.00am – 4pm Kitchen closes at 3.00pm

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12 Responses to Excelsior Jones, Ashfield

  1. That’s some shexy yolk action! Great to see this part of Ashfield being revitalised. The hash is pretty darn tasty.

  2. Hell yeah, that’s some glorious egg yolk action–omg, I need this in my liiiife!!

  3. Drool! The photos of the egg make me want to run out and get some poached eggs on toast with a side of bacon! Or that Salmon hash, that looks amazing as well!

    I’d prefer a late brunch so long as I don’t get out of bed too early, otherwise I need breakfast and a lunch ;)

  4. milkteaxx says:

    this is danerously close to me and the potato hash is one of my all time favorites!

  5. The hash there is terrific! And nothing brightens my day like a runny egg yolk :D

  6. Juliana says:

    Yes, somehow the photos of egg yolk, specially the running ones makes me excited…I just imagine the yolk running to whatever around and scooping carefully with a spoon so nothing is gone to waste…YUM!
    Hope you are having a wonderful week :D

    • Chopinand says:

      Dear Juliana,

      I usually make sure I have one last piece of toast to mop up any remaining egg yolk so nothing goes to waste!

  7. Look at that egg yolk porn! The pork hock is pretty amazing isn’t it? Now you got me intrigued to get the salmon version next time :)

  8. Looks like there would be a lot of yolk spillage with that egg and bacon sarnie! Good looking eggs, though. And in my neck of the woods, too. Will have to give this spot a try. Thanks for sharing.

  9. Raymund says:

    Look at that perfectly poached eggs, I just salivated looking at that

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