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“Honest, well-priced cafe food in Darlinghurst”
Review of Pablo's Vice

Pablo's Vice
Ranked #106 of 364 Coffee & Tea in Sydney
Price range: US$4 - US$12
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Neighbourhood: Darlinghurst
Description: Tucked away on the corner of Goulburn and Crown street Surry Hills, Pablo’s Vice has been serving up espresso for over 18 years. Locals say the owners may change over the years but the essence of this ‘where everybody knows your name’ café has always remained the same. “The hole-in-the-wall cafe is a stalwart in the Surry Hills-Darlinghurst area.” Annie Stevens Sydney Morning Herald The Café renowned for its perfectly poached eggs stacks, is now extending its menu beyond its popular go to breakfast destination reputation. With the addition of new vegetarian and vegan options including the winter salad with kale, pomegranate, pear, beetroot and maple vinaigrette, the new vegan ‘guilt free’ burger with a Cajun spiced chickpea and cauliflower pattie and a vegetarian halloumi burger with roasted pumpkin and tzatziki sauce, now Pablo’s Vice is truly an all inclusive café. Remaining is the infamous Pablo’s burger that has been a hunger buster for inner city burger addicts for many years. It is now even better with extras like maple bacon and American style cheddar. Pablo’s Vice will now have some great side options including sweet potatoes fries, tasty onion rings and tempura zucchini chips. For those looking to take some time to sit down and relax after enjoying the local designer shopping we are now stocking the gorgeous range of Tippity teas to go with our delicious Bob & Pete’s afternoon treats. Most importantly as always our baristas are serving smooth Campos coffee just the way you like it
Reviewed April 4, 2018

Pablo’s Vice has been a Darlinghurst fixture for as long as I can remember – twenty-one years in fact. The subterranean cafe is tucked right behind the even more longstanding Route 66 on Crown Street, though it opens onto Goulburn Street. With a bright rainbow Rasta gorilla mural by Mulga the Artist on the opposite side of the street and leafy green tree cover providing shade, the coveted outdoor tables are the place to be. Though if they’re full, the tiny interior is actually better than it appears from outside.

With Sydney Posters providing the colourful décor, the space is small without being poky. From your table along the cafe-length banquette, the large window makes the semi-underground location feel quite pervy, as you watch the legs of people and pooches parade by.

Three well-placed speakers means lovely, round sound, with bass you can feel in your toes. The thumping soundtrack of Nightmares on Wax and Zero 7 (tracks we also have in our home collection) really got our Saturday morning started right. Well-made Campos Coffee didn’t hurt either. This coffee actually can handle a double shot, as it was slightly dominated by milk in my Latte ($3.80) but perfect in a Strong Flat White ($4.30).

In term of food, Pablo’s Vice feels like an honest, modern café. Sure you’ll find the ubiquitous smashed avocado, but the dishes here feel more about flavour than awkward towering height, super-sweet Persian fairy floss, or rafts of edible flowers. The Haloumi Stack ($12.50) takes a generous amount of golden, pan-fried cheese, teams it with wilted spinach, aioli and a poached egg, and sticks it on smashed avocado (OK, I really prefer it sliced) smeared rye. It’s tasty, the portion size is right, and I don’t have to spend the first ten minutes trying to work out how to dismantle it into something I can actually eat.

From the specials chalkboard, I’m equally pleased with the Eggs Benny with Bacon ($10.50). It’s got a good amount of decent bacon, a pair of poached eggs and some wilted spinach sitting on sourdough toast under an appropriate drizzle of light, airy Hollandaise. I appreciate that it’s not drowning in a yellow sauce lake, and that the only garnishes are micro herbs, which actually add to the dish’s flavour. The price is very good by Darlinghurst standards, too, though I personally don't mind paying more for higher quality pig.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Thank Jackie M
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Reviewed February 22, 2018 via mobile

Great little cafe located at the corner of Crown Street and Goulburn Street, Darlinghurst.
This dog friendly cafe has funky and young vibe with several seats inside and also outside.
We had two of their special dishes and two light meals during our first visit.
Both the eggs benny and Nutella French toast from their specials are delightful and beautifully plated too.
The light meals we had were the zucchini tempura chips and onion rings. Two thumbs up for the onion rings. Crispy and delish, it’s served with the delicious honey mustard sauce.
As for the drink, we had coffee and smoothie. Coffee is awesome (Campos) and the smoothie is pretty good.
They also sell sweet treats, protein balls and liquor.

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank FoodblogsAU
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Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

We have been here atleast 8 times and every time is just as good as the first, the eggs Benny is sooo good and at an unreal price. The coffee and staff are just as good aswell.

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank jakeythesnakey21
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Reviewed December 6, 2017 via mobile

Take a seat and enjoy lovely staff and great coffee in a quite nice corner! Their snacks look also very delicious... have a try!

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Zommersproetje
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Reviewed November 13, 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff, great coffee, hipster crowd. Very cool location along a fairly steep lane way. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank 633carstenk
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