Quick Brown Fox
You’ll find Quick Brown Fox in a bright, breezy sandstone cottage on a quiet corner in Pyrmont—and despite its close proximity to The Star, this street seems like an historic extract from Northern England; a slither of the city that glossy harbourside developments have yet to conquer.
Led by brother and sister duo, Ben and Emily Calabro—the food and coffee game here is polished and really (really) tasty. To develop the Quick Brown Fox menu, the pair collaborated with chef consultant Tomislav Martinovic, who’s worked on a few other game-changing Sydney menus (Concept Burger, Everyday Espresso, Five Points Burgers) as well as having spent time serving up Heston’s molecular gastronomy at The Fat Duck in London and running his own hatted restaurant (Tomislav).
Firing it all up in the kitchen at Quick Brown Fox is head chef Kido Kwon (Bondi Hardware).
Many elements are made in house, from pickles to house-poached salmon, ice cream and triple cooked hand-cut chips. Everything else has been kept local and considered—Highland organic eggs from Goulbourn, focaccia from Pyrmont’s Pioik bakery and dairy products from Saint David Dairy in Gippsland.
There is something for every mood you’re in. For a strong spin on a breakfast classic, try folded eggs with house-poached ocean trout, truffled crème fraiche and black forest toast. For more of a dinner-for-breakfast vibe, the Koshihikari rice congee (pictured above) with chilli fried egg, enoki mushrooms, chunks of maple-glazed bacon, grilled cabbage and chilli relish is all kinds of umami deliciousness. The French toast is a thick slab of fruit loaf with toasted walnuts, cardamom, mandarin and house-churned caramel ice cream—not too sweet and not too rich, but definitely as dreamy to eat as it looks.
For our gluten intolerant and vegan friends, the bowl of health that is the charred winter greens with quinoa and cauliflower rice, chilli fried egg, avocado and house-pickled zucchini is fresh and packed with flavour.
At lunch there are burgers—specifically a grass-fed cheeseburger and quinoa fried chicken burger, both served with aforementioned triple cooked chips. There’s also a roast cauliflower salad with freekeh and roast pumpkin, and beer-battered flounder served with roast chat potatoes and yoghurt tartare.
Sydney’s OG coffee heroes Single O are on beans here, so the coffee is finessed, smooth and storied (we highly recommend trying the batch brew, served with a shot of sparkling water to balance your palate, of course). If you’re not after a caffeine hit, Quick Brown Fox has a big list of Tea Craft teas on offer, fresh juices and organic kombucha.
While we think there’s already quite a lot to love here—there’s more goodness to come at QBF. As well as a fresh redesign by Studio MKZ, QBF has just scored a liquor license too—meaning, yes, spiked kombucha, Blood Marys, Negronis, Mimosas and even bottomless brunches are all on the horizon.
Image credit: Quick Brown Fox.