Cuckoo Callay is a cafe in Newtown that is famous for its bacon festival, which is in its third year now and started March 14 and runs for 12 weeks. On the menu is practically every kind of bacon dish imaginable, from savoury to sweet to milkshakes. We have been to this cafe on a number of occasions so will go through all the dishes we have ordered.
We had heard great things about the bacon festival and it seems like so had half of Sydney. We went on the first weekend it started and had to wait 45 minutes to be seated and another hour for our food, making it a frustrating dining experience. By the time we ate it was 2:15pm, and we were starving.
The first dish we ordered was the MacDaddy; a mac and cheese croissant with poached egg, double smoked bacon, tomato relish and fried shallots. The mac and cheese was rich and went nicely with the smoky bacon flavour, complemented by the moist tomato relish and the crunchy fried shallots. The croissant made for a decadent house to the dish!
The second dish we ordered was the Slumhog Millionaire; a pulled pork burger in a black brioche bun with house made barbeque sauce, american cheese, beer battered onion rings and slaw and nachos fries. The burger was juicy and and the pork was tender which was matched perfectly by the crunchy onion rings and rich cheese.
We have also been to Cuckoo Callay to try their normal menu dishes, one of which was Cinderellas Breakfast; pumpkin fritters, cured salmon, house made basil pesto and a side of avocado. The avocado went well with the smoky flavour of the salmon while the fritters were nice and crunchy.
The other time we visited, we tried the Two Eggs on Toast with tomato relish and a side of bacon and haloumi for one of my friends while the other ordered a side of smashed avocado and beetroot cured salmon. I ordered the pulled pork with poached egg on sourdough toast with brocollini and sweet mayonnaise sauce. The dishes were not particularly inventive, but were solid classic cafe fare and we had a better experience as the time to be seated and for the food to arrive was shorter.
Overall, Cuckoo Callay is a quirky Newtown cafe that does a great brunch and their Bacon Festival is worth checking out if you don’t mind a queue. You best be quick though, it ends June 6th!