Hidden away near the Powerhouse Museum is the unassuming The Q on Harris, a gem of a cafe that also roasts their own Indonesian coffee beans on site.
Popular with UTS students since the university’s many city campuses are nearby, The Q on Harris is a modern cafe which serves up a range of classics as well as some more interesting Japanese fusion dishes.
The space inside is airy and bright, and we love the attention to detail here – at the counter that we’re sitting at there’s a terrarium, a thoughtful industrial style lamp and a range of design coffee table books for us to read, which reflects their strong design aesthetic here. We’re happy to report that their coffee here is top notch, with a subtle earthiness to the flavour profile in my mocha and the boy’s cappuccino.
Mocha $4.50 and Cappuccino, $3.50
In terms of food, we started off strong with the incredibly delicious Kabuki Waffle, featuring some of the tastiest fried chicken I’ve ever had – the boneless meat was coated in a sticky soy honey glaze with a generous sprinkle of shichimi salt for extra flavour. To change it up, you can also dip the chicken into the addictive wasabi mayo which is comes with (the wasabi is not too overpowering, I promise!) and I found that the mayo went well with the fluffy waffles instead. There’s also a bed of cabbage slaw under there, to balance out the dish a bit.
Kabuki Waffle, $20
For a healthier and lighter option, there’s also their House Smoked Salmon Tartine which comes with an artful ribbon of cucumber on top of chunks of delicate smoked salmon, toasted pine nuts, dill cream and Spanish onion on crusty sourdough toast.
House Smoked Salmon Tartine, $16
We couldn’t leave without trying out their signature Double Matcha Cheesecake and they weren’t kidding about their liberal use of the very on trend matcha! The cheesecake is dense and richly flavoured with the distinctive flavour of the Japanese green tea powder, made sweeter with the addition of an Oreo crumb base. We struggled to finish the generous serving between the two of us – but loved each decadent mouthful.
Double Matcha Cheesecake, $10
The Q on Harris is a quiet achiever and has quickly moved up the list of our favourite brunch spots around the CBD – best of all, it’s not too crowded on weekends which makes it the perfect spot for a catch up with friends with some quality fusion dishes on offer, friendly service and the trendy, curated decor. If you’re feeling full afterwards you can even go for a stroll down the Goods Line pedestrian pathway which is just down the road (Sydney’s answer to the famous High Line in NYC).
Excuse Me Waiter dined as guests of The Q on Harris