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Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)
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Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

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Alchemy Cafe Restaurant

9.4/10
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572 Crown St, 2010 Surry Hills (NSW)See map

Average price A$30

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Halina Pawlak has continued to bring the traditional Polish cuisine to delight customers since 2008. Alchemy Cafe Restaurant is famous for its freshly-made traditional Polish dumplings (pierogi), goose, duck, polish borsch (barszcz czerwony) stuffed meat. It is an invitation to meet Polish cuisine-fine, intelligent, drawing on tradition, and at the same time served in a contemporary setting

Restaurant menu

Last update: January 2023
Chef Halina Pawlak
Average price A$30
Smoked salmon
A$9.5
And light creamy cheese with sun dried tomatoes, avocado, iceberg lettuce and spanish onion (vg)
Grilled chicken
A$9.5
With avocado, iceberg lettuce, tomato and pesto
Gourmet tuna
A$9.5
With lemon dressing mixed lettuce, onion, cucumber, sun dried tomato and cracked pepper (vg)

Dietary options

Gluten free, , , , Vegetarian dishes

Popular dishes

Eggs your way - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

Eggs your way

A$9

Haloumi surprise - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

Haloumi surprise

A$15.5

Fried potato pancake - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

Fried potato pancake

A$19.5

Smoked salmon - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

Smoked salmon

A$9.5

Grilled chicken - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

Grilled chicken

A$9.5

Polish plate - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

Polish plate

A$28.5

Pork goulash - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

Pork goulash

A$29.5

Paprika chicken - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

Paprika chicken

A$28.5

Pierogi dumplings - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

Pierogi dumplings

A$22.5

2 golabki-cabbage rolls - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

2 golabki-cabbage rolls

A$25.5

pierogi-dumplings - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

pierogi-dumplings

A$19.5

Beef Forest - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

Beef Forest

A$39.5

Packed chicken - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

Packed chicken

A$32

Sour rye  - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

Sour rye

A$19.5

goose - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)

goose

A$47.5

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Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)
Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)
Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)
Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)
Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)
Alchemy Cafe Restaurant, Surry Hills (NSW)
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Reviews

9.4/10
Excellent132 reviews
9.4/10

Food

9.5/10

Service

9/10

Ambience

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  • Alex M.
    Alex M.

    December 9, 20221 review

    10/10

    One of the best nights ever! This little restaurant is a gem! The service from owner Janus and his team is marvellous. There were jokes, warmth & a wonderful buzz in this gorgeous place. The food was fabulous and so generous! Our group loved it. We had to have a photo with Janus as a memento of the evening. You will not regret dining here!

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  • Carsten K.
    Carsten K.

    November 2, 202223 reviews

    7.5/10

    We had a nice meal, but thought that the prices were on the high end of what can be considered reasonable. Enjoyed the lard for entry, and then the duck with oranges as main. The potatoes accompanying the duck were only so so, but the duck was excellent. Friends told us that they had issues with the correctness of the bill, so we added up all items and they tried to overcharge us. That is really unnecessary, unless those “honest mistakes” (??) happen all the time?

  • Mark B.
    Mark B.

    October 29, 20221 review

    8.5/10

    Great service and nice food.

  • Leah B.
    Leah B.

    September 8, 20221 review

    10/10

    I love this place. Staff are friendly, atmosphere is cozy and food is authentic.

  • Dorota J.
    Dorota J.

    August 27, 20221 review

    8/10

    Great food, good service but….. We have booked our Saturday dinner with friends for 6 pm a couple of days ahead. Only after the arrival we were informed that we need to leave at 7.30 pm. Very disappointing. We wouldn’t book this restaurant if this condition will be presented to us while booking. Personally I think that if you spend $ 300 you should be allowed to eat without a stress. Good food but not sure if we will be back.

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  • Shirley T.
    Shirley T.

    June 8, 20229 reviews

    9/10

    The dumplings are superb!

  • Isabelle L.
    Isabelle L.

    June 3, 20221 review

    10/10

    Alchemy is a wonderfully authentic Polish restaurant. The food was delicious and I've gone back a few times and the quality has never wavered. The service is second to none. If you miss Poland or enjoy quality authentic Polish food this is the place to go.

  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer S.

    May 20, 202221 reviews

    10/10

    Be sure to book ahead for Alchemy, they have to turn people away! Delicious rich Polish food with lovely staff with lovely character of crocheted table clothes, fresh flowers and local art on the walls. Be sure to have Pierogi to start, with all the toppings! Bring your appetite for the generous dishes, though there are some smaller mains, if you’re leaving room for the delicious selections of cakes. And I’m told the classic vodka & apple juice is perfect!

  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie P.

    March 31, 202232 reviews

    10/10

    We are regulars at Alchemy and just cant get enough. No matter the dish we choose, it is always plate-licking delicious and being Polish myself, I know it is also authentic. The vibe in the restaurant is very homely and the service is so prompt, even when the restaurant is booked out!

  • Melvyn P.
    Melvyn P.

    March 2, 20226 reviews

    10/10

    Great authentic food and excellent service Very friendly atmosphere

  • Helen K.
    Helen K.

    January 22, 20224 reviews

    8.5/10

    This restaurant is so cute! Marketed as a café and restaurant, it's excellent for coffee and their sinfully delicious homemade cakes. It's also a lively, cherry place for dinner, servings authentic Polish dishes. We had herring with pumpernickel, pierogi, followed by roasted duck breast and chicken schnitzel with mash and cabbage salad. The staff were efficient and polite. They even helped me work my Polish. We're going back there.

  • Wayne T.

    December 19, 20211 review

    10/10

    Janusz was an amazing host, we had our work Christmas Party (Sensation Boutique) at the restaurant and everything was over and above our expectations. The food was really top quality and Janusz and his lovely wife made the experience so lovely for us all. Highly recommended. You guys want a lovely night out with good food and great company this is your place.....

  • Emilyn C.

    December 18, 20212 reviews

    9.5/10

    We went in a large group and got the chance to order and share a few dishes. All the food was great but my favorites are the pierogis and the shank. The service was excellent and the staff and owner were jovial and looked after us so well. Highly recommended.

  • Casandra T.

    November 28, 20214 reviews

    9.5/10

    From the minute you walk in the restaurant you felt welcomed. Came with the family and the food had something for everyone. The dumplings are a must to try, we got three different ones and all were fabulous. Our table ordered schnitzels, goulash and the special of goose. The servings are generous, so you won’t go home hungry. Will definitely be back.

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  • Halina Z.

    November 20, 20211 review

    10/10

    I would recommend the restaurant. The service was excellent, food delicious and attractively presented. The portions were huge and we could not try very tempting desserts.

  • Emily L.
    Emily L.

    November 18, 202113 reviews

    10/10

    Very nice food love all the perogies. Friendly services.

  • Tom E.
    Tom E.

    November 14, 202126 reviews

    9/10

    Great service and food as always

  • Jo J.

    November 4, 20213 reviews

    8.5/10

    Owner was really friendly and helpful when describing new Polish dishes

  • Patricia T.

    June 20, 20211 review

    10/10

    A lovely authentic European space, actual crocheted tablecloths! Very welcoming staff and generous flavoursome meals. We will definitely go back.

  • Jo B.

    March 2, 20211 review

    10/10

    I’m Polish and the food at this restaurant is just as good as my mum makes it!! Amazing service, the owner is polish and very funny / friendly. Loved everything!

Tripadvisor reviews

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More information

Opening time
Open today

Monday
Closed
Tuesday
06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Friday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Closing time

depend

How to get to the restaurant

572 Crown St, 2010, Surry Hills (NSW), Australia

Public transport

bus,light railway

Directions to get there

Surry Hills

street

About the restaurant

The foodie elixir of life Alchemy is a cosy and unpretentious slice of Europe in the heart of Surry Hills and features some of Sydney's only Polish dishes. Along with heavenly homemade cakes and fresh coffee, Alchemy boasts a more substantial menu filled with European classics like beef stroganoff, veal scaloppine and traditional radziwill (pork tenderloin stuffed with spinach and cheese in pink pepper sauce). Brekkie features an impressive list of pancakes and Polish sausages while evenings become more elegant, with soft jazz music and soothing candlelight. Alchemy is more than a restaurant; it's an invitation to connect with Polish cuisine and hospitality – an opportunity to enjoy the food of Eastern Europe in a setting that feels a bit like your grandma's dinner table. Best dish: Polish-style goose

Features

, , Contemporary cuisine, , Christmas and New Year, , , Father's Day,

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