Deus Café is hard to miss with its motorcycle mural painting on the exterior of its side wall. Despite the metallic bodies of motorbikes dotting the place, the café is warmly decked out with multiple teak communal tables and help-yourself-cutlery trays in the middle. Weirdo and Ms Sourdough arrive ahead of us and have kindly nabbed a table. Menus can be found at the tables, but the blackboard menu at the cashier where you order, pay and take an order number back to your table is more comprehensive with its inclusion of sweet offerings. Ms Sourdough and I have our eyes on the mini almond croissants before we’ve even considered our brunch options, and purchase one each along with our coffees to indulge in afterwards.
For brunch, I find it hard to go past the combination of ‘Smoked salmon with creamy eggs’ which arrives with a neat rosette of smoked salmon encrusted with dill fronds, watercress and toasted brioche. The humble mound of scrambled eggs doesn’t look like much but is creamy and very substantial.
Monsieur Poisson has the ‘Proscuitto and poached egg with truffle oil, grilled tomato, asparagus and brioche’. Yay for more brioche and a rosette of prosciutto this time. The asparagus is vividly green and slightly nutty from grilling. The flavour of truffle oil is subtle, and we opt to have a side of (de-stalked, interestingly) mushrooms on the side.
And those croissants? Buttery, flaky and very, very messy, dusted with a snowstorm of icing sugar over the tops.
98-104 Parramatta Rd (cnr Lyons Rd), Camperdown NSW
Tel: (02) 9519 3669
Opening Hours: Mon-Tues 7:30am-3:30pm (breakfast/lunch, coffee until 5pm)
Wed-Sat 7:30am-3:30pm (breakfast/lunch)
dinner from 6pm onwards
Sun 9am-3pm (breakfast/lunch/coffee)