Henry Lees is a cafe situated in a rather deserted warehouse area in Redfern. The place is wide and spacious, and has lots of outdoor seating which makes it a great place to be on a sunny winter’s day. We came here for brunch with a group of friends to check out their newly launched new winter menu.
To start off with we ordered the Prodjuice Cold Pressed Juice with Watermelon, raspberry & lime. This was a delicious and refreshing drink, the sweet watermelon flavour was nicely balanced by the sour lime. We then ordered a number of main dishes to share.
This sweet dish was black sticky rice porridge with coconut cream & Urban Beehive Redfern honey, kiwi fruit, yellow peaches & house-made rhubarb sesame coconut crumble. This was a beautifully presented and delicious breakfast dish, the porridge was creamy and flavoured perfectly with the sweet honey and sour peach and kiwi fruits.
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The second dish we ordered was the Roasted pork neck sandwich with pickled cauliflower & béchamel sauce served with a fried egg & side of salad on Green Tangerine sourdough. This was quite a decadent sandwich, the pork neck was juicy and tender and went well with the fried egg and sour pickled cauliflower, while the creamy bechamel sauce brought the dish together with its cheesy goodness.
The third dish we ordered was the Soy & coriander marinated rump steak with daikon & carrot pickle, romesco sauce on a Green Tangerine sourdough roll with a side of salad. This was slightly more tough than the pork neck sandwich, but the spicy romesco sauce added great flavour to the dish.
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The fourth dish we ordered was the Crispy soft shell crab burger on a Green Tangerine squid ink brioche with romesco sauce, pickled coleslaw with coriander & wasabi aioli. This was one of the best soft shell crab burgers I have had, the crab was delcious crispy on the outside and soft on the inside and perfectly accompanied by the spicy romesco sauce and the wasabi aioli which gave it a great kick!
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The fifth dish we ordered was the quinoa & zucchini sweet potato fritters with parmesan & danish feta served with a poached egg, avocado, caramelised onion & thyme stuffed field mushrooms. This was another great dish, the zucchini and sweet potato fritters nice and cheesy and complemented well by the runny yolk of the poached egg, the creamy avocado and the sweet caramelised onion.
The last dish we ordered was the Green Tangerine butter croissant with Gruyere cheese & free range ham off the bone. This was a nice and buttery croissant with a good balance of ham and cheese. A pretty standard cafe dish done well.
Finally we ordered a side of Paprika salted fries & house aioli to share. The paprika added a great zing to the crunchy fries, which went well with the creamy aioli.
Overall, Henry Lee’s is a great cafe in Redfern with good outdoor ambiance and a creative menu with fresh and interesting takes on classic dishes. Would definitely return to try some of their other dishes!