The entrance to Henry Lee’s is hidden away on one of Redfern’s gentrifying laneways and is a little hard to find – but look for a small crowd around what looks like a garage door opening and you’ll find yourself peering into a bustling courtyard style cafe that is perfect for the summer-in-autumn weather we’ve been having in Sydney.
We came for the brunch and enjoyed the Henry Feels which featured a light, fluffy blue swimmer crab omelette with chives and creme fraiche, served with an Aleppo chilli oil and crunchy caramelised garlic soldiers that tasted even better when dunked in the black garlic aioli that came with the fries in our Henry Lee burger.
Henry Feels, $19
The Henry Lee burger hit the spot as well, with the juicy grass fed Angus beef patty being the star of the show (we may have ordered a double patty in fact…) Paired with bacon, delicious melted American cheese, with hits of Spanish onion, cucumber pickle and slatherings of secret sauce on a milk bun, it wasn’t easy to eat but it was well worth the mess.
Henry Lee, $18 (+ extra patty $5)
There are also some pretty interesting beverage options on their menu like the Insta-worthy Purple Latte which comes out vividly purple thanks to the taro powder in the latte. It smelt better than it tasted though – think we will go back to our usual matcha lattes next time we feel like something other than coffee.
Purple Latte, $4.5
The easy breezy vibes at Henry Lee’s make it a good contender for lazy weekend brunches – you can also book for larger groups which makes it ideal for group gatherings without the stress of having to wait for a big table to free up at peak brunchtime.
16 Eveleigh Street, Redfern NSW 2016