Deciding what to eat is never an easy task in my book. I always end up loitering over the menu, scrutinising each option with considered thoughtfulness, hoping against hope to find the perfect meal.
There is much to deliberate over at Le Monde, a hip and light-filled Surry Hills cafe where patrons dine with oversized sunglasses and the barista's arm is covered in tattoos.
I love the menu boards for a start, the thin plywood scorched with the Le Monde logo and what looks like a coffee cup stain. I'm a sucker for tactile surfaces, and I can't help but run my fingers along the recessed sections of the menu board.
Flat white $3.50
House blend roasted by 5 Senses Coffee
We place our orders for coffee and sandwiches, a decision pained by temptations of confit pork ($15), anchovy linguine ($13), lamb shank pie ($13) and potato and chorizo salad($13).
I'm glad the decision-making is over, until the waitress writes down my order and asks "What type of bread would you like? Michette, sourdough or ciabatta?"
Argh. This is not a decision to be taken lightly. I like all of these! My brain whirs furiously, weighing each one up with consideration.
I opt for michette, and sigh with relief. Talk about a curveball! I sit back in my chair, ready to relax...
"Would you like it toasted or fresh?"
Le Monde Club Sandwich $14
Does this make me a food tragic? Presumably so!
Before we've even finished our coffees, our lunch arrives. I'd ordered the Le Monde Club Sandwich - on michette bread and fresh - although I think toasted is better suited as it starts to get soggy half-way through.
The Club Sandwich is a tower of grilled chicken, bacon, rocket, vine-ripened tomato and topped with a splay of avocado slices. A slather of garlic aioli adds a rich creaminess.
Zucchini and haloumi sandwich $12
I swap half my sandwich with Mr Manchego, and after one bite, I realise he's worse off for the deal. The zucchini and haloumi sandwich is divine - a summery combination of pan-fried haloumi, sweet char-grilled zucchini strips, fresh spinach leaves and juicy vine-ripened tomatoes. A layer of Spanish onion jam is the highlight, deliciously caramelised and sticky.
Lunch at Le Monde? Best decision all day.
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83 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9211 3568
Monday to Friday 6.30am-4pm
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