De Clieu in Gertrude Street is the latest offering from the same people who brought us Seven Seeds and Brother Baba Budan in the CBD. J and I tried it out one Saturday morning for breakfast.
We arrived early enough (before 8:30) to easily score a table. You can sit inside, outside, or if you can’t make up your mind, sit on one of the window benches.
We quickly ordered a long black for J and an orange juice for me while we perused the menu. Unfortunately my juice order was forgotten and I had to ask another waitress for it.
De Clieu is not the place to go for a traditional style breakfast, and I was a little worried when reading about it that I wouldn’t see anything on the menu that appealed to me. No need to worry, there was at least five items that I couldn’t decide between.
We placed our order with the same waitress who took the drinks order. She came back five minutes later as she had forgotten what we wanted.
Eventually we got our breakfast.
I had the pork neck roti, which was roasted pork neck, a fried free range egg, tomato, spring onion roti and barbeque sauce.
This is the closet thing to bacon and eggs you will get at De Clieu, and it was fantastic. Everything worked together, somewhat surprising given all the elements, and the amount of pork was very generous. J had a bite and I suspect he might have had a bit of food envy.
My only small complaint would be that there was too much barbeque sauce, I found it overpowered the other flavours, but that could be a personal thing.
Despite the size of this dish I didn’t feel uncomfortably full or have that greasy stomach feeling you can get after traditional bacon and eggs.
J had the lighter and healthier option of granola.
J wanted another coffee and thankfully the other waitress served us this time. She knew what J had already had (the house blend) and gave some other suggestions, including telling us about their cold coffee. She was really good. J decided to try a cold coffee.
It came in a small bottle and J poured it into a glass full of ice.
He really liked it. I tried a sip and if I had been wearing socks they would have been blown off, so strong!
So, good coffee and good food at De Clieu and I would definitely like to try some of their other dishes. However, some of their staff need improvement.