Brooklyn Hide is one of the few bagel houses in Sydney. They specialise in New York City inspired bagels that are “boiled then baked”, and are conveniently located in Surry Hills, just steps away from Central Station. Whilst I’m certainly not a regular, I’ve been to Brooklyn Hide several times and they’re my ‘go to’ when a bagel craving hits. Their bagels are freshly baked and chewy and come in various types: plain, sourdough rye, poppy seed, cinnamon and raisin just to name a few. They even have a gluten free version!
We dropped by for breakfast one morning and were surprised to find a queue and people milling about. What people may not know is that Brooklyn Hide also do great coffee. Legit barista made coffee! And by the looks of the queue and crowd, they appear to be the local pit stop for many offices in the area. Brewing beans from The Little Marionette to perfection, both our piccolo and macchiato that morning were spot on. They also have a range of tea offerings from Tippity for you tea drinkers out there.
We went to Brooklyn Hide expecting to eat bagels. However, we were quite surprised to see that they had a cafe menu. Menu items beyond the humble bagel! Avo on toast, granola, baked eggs, pancakes. Typical café fair. On top of that were a selection of baked goods. Banana bread, cakes, and other sugary treats.
We started with the Breakfast Roast: Potato, mushroom, speck, tomato chutney, spinach, eshallots and spiced egg. With a generous mix of cous cous thrown in, this was a hearty vegetarian option. The egg was soft boiled giving it just the right amount of gooiness without being runny, and the dish had quite a Mediterranean feel. Yum. The perfect choice for the vegetarians out there or for those wanting to go meat-free for the day!
We then tried their Winter Salad: Roast pumpkin, picked beets, snow peas, cos lettuce, cous cous and sticky chilli. With chicken as an optional extra.
Wow! This was the dish of the day. An entire pumpkin segment, beautifully plated up with raw and pickled vegetables, and a generous portion of meaty chicken breast. Make sure you add the chicken!
We then moved on to their bagels. The Brooklyn Hide, their signature bagel: Braised pork shoulder, dill pickles, apple jam, mayo and rocket. Most cafes do pulled pork but few do it right. We’re pleased to say the Brooklyn Hide bagel was delicious. Soft tender shredded pork, crunchy pickles, and the flavoursome apple jam – all encased within one of their famed bagels. This went down a treat!
My favourite bagel however, was The Midtown: Corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, mustard mayo and dill pickles. As someone who generally does not like sauerkraut, I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed this. The standout was clearly the corned beef. They were very large and thick slices of beefy goodness topped with the crunchy sauerkraut and pickles. Superb!
If you’re looking for bagels, and let’s face it, we all get a NYC bagel craving from time to time, then look no further. Brooklyn Hide is your go to for bagels. And their extended café menu was a very pleasant surprise offering your typical cafe options. Perfect for breakfast or lunch, many of their dishes appear to be rather healthy an wholesome, with veggies and pickles being the common theme across most of their dishes. Good food and good coffee – a winning combination!
226 Commonwealth Street,
Surry Hills, NSW 2010
Contributed by Susan, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys