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Bangbang Espresso Bar & Cafe

In the food hub that is Surry Hills, with its cornucopia of eatery options available for a hungry soul to contemplate and devour, a small chic cafe off the main strip, such as Bangbang Espresso Bar & Cafe, can easily be overlooked.

Situated in a secluded area of Surry Hills (at least by local eatery standards), the laid back ambiance, and simple, hearty fare such as this delicious plate of bangers and mash, gives Bangbang something of a hidden gem status in my eyes.

Bangbang is owned by Alan Thompson, an International DJ, producer and broadcaster.

The cafe reflects a lot about Alan’s passions of music, whether it be a mural of a giant set of headphones, drummer’s stools as seats or a cluster of light bulbs arranged somewhat like a wind chime.

His passion also extends to the food that he serves.

Not only with a menu drawn from the simple, hearty and one might even say, honest fare of the UK, his country of birth. It also is shown with the selection of fine food purveyors he uses to supply the food and beverages on his cafe menu, almost all of which is made from scratch.

I can’t help but think of The Goodies when I see this tomato sauce dispenser. Is it just me?

Wagyu burger with truss tomato, spanish onion, cos lettuce, aioli and bangbang tomato & chilli relish (12.90).

Considering the size of the burger, which is quite sizable even by regular burger standards, this is quite good value for money. A little messy to eat but what good burger isn’t?

The use of potato crisps rather than the usual side of deep fried potato chips is rather quaint. Very British, from what I hear.

Bangers & Mash ($15). In my mind, this dish personifies comfort food. The sausages, provided by Hudsons Meats (located only a few minutes walk away), taste superb and pair well with the classic combo of smooth, creamy potato mash, onion gravy & peas.

There was also Posh Fish Finger Sarnie ($12.50). Homemade crumbed fish fingers & tartare sauce sandwiched between two slices of soft sour dough bread.

Unfortunately, no photos I have do the this sandwich any justice. However, feel free to check out the fish finger sarnie in this A Table for Two blog post, as Billy was my lunch buddy and the reason why we were at Bangbang.

If you’re after some wholesome British fare in a relaxed cafe away from the hubbub of the Surry Hills food hubs, this is certainly worth a look into.

Bangbang Espresso Bar & Cafe
113 Reservoir St, Surry Hills
(02) 9281 0018
Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm, Sat: 8am-2pm

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Lunch was unexpectedly courtesy of Bangbang (we were only informed at the time of the bill). Thanks to Alan Thompson, and indirectly, Billy.

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  • mademoiselle délicieuse October 2, 2010, 10:04 am

    Comfort food indeed! Bangers and mash when done well is excellent stuff and I’m definitely admiring that deep-toned gravy against the bright green peas.

  • Celeste @ Berrytravels October 2, 2010, 9:36 pm

    How impressive is that earphones on the wall? And the name is pure genius. I love it. Your photos are amazing btw.

    • Simon October 4, 2010, 10:25 pm

      Nice, huh? Gives the place a bit of a hip vibe.

  • Lisa October 4, 2010, 12:04 pm

    I’ve been meaning to check out this place since I saw Billy’s post. Yours is another great reminder!! Food looks excellent and I love the little touches like the tomato shaped sauce dispenser. Beautifully captured!

    • Simon October 4, 2010, 10:27 pm


      The breakfast menu looks rather impressive. Want to go back to try out something from that.

  • Vivian - vxdollface October 6, 2010, 10:11 pm

    How delish! I love a good bangers & mash :) hehe I make something similar to the Posh Fish Finger Sarnie at home – definitely need to check this place out!

    • Simon October 7, 2010, 11:54 pm

      Maybe you can compare to see whether their fish finger sarnie holds a candle to yours :)

  • Ladybird October 7, 2010, 9:00 pm

    I LOVE the name, and I love the look of this place. The food looks great too – down to earth, honest and unpretencious :)

    • Simon October 7, 2010, 11:59 pm

      Very much so. The place has a pretty relax and cool vibe to it when I was there, just to include an added bonus :)

  • Gianna November 3, 2010, 9:17 pm

    hey simon,
    I really enjoyed this post! Thank you for the preview, I honestly had this idea that it was just a small coffee specialist – Im excited to try the food now. Hearty and comforting – my kind of meal :)

    • Simon November 8, 2010, 9:00 pm

      Thanks! Hope you enjoy the food too :)

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