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


Reviews - Alchemy Cafe Restaurant

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

Average price A$30


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  • Robert L.
    Robert L.

    February 24, 2023177 reviews


    Great restaurant that serves, wholesome generous portions of tasty comfort food. The restaurant manager is friendly, humorous and adds positive character to the restaurant which we enjoyed! We had 3 courses for lunch sharing the pork leg and baked cheese cake for mains and dessert because the mixed dumplings platter we had for starters was so substantial and delicious.

  • Joe A.
    Joe A.

    February 14, 20231 review


    Great food if you want to experience great Polish food then this is the best place n Sydney

  • Alex M.
    Alex M.

    December 9, 20221 review


    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


    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


    Great service and nice food.

  • Leah B.
    Leah B.

    September 8, 20221 review


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

  • Dorota J.
    Dorota J.

    August 27, 20221 review


    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


    The dumplings are superb!

  • Isabelle L.
    Isabelle L.

    June 3, 20221 review


    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


    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


    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


    Great authentic food and excellent service Very friendly atmosphere

  • Helen K.
    Helen K.

    January 22, 20224 reviews


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    Very nice food love all the perogies. Friendly services.

  • Tom E.
    Tom E.

    November 14, 202126 reviews


    Great service and food as always

  • Jo J.

    November 4, 20213 reviews


    Owner was really friendly and helpful when describing new Polish dishes

  • Patricia T.

    June 20, 20211 review


    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


    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!

  • Vivienne K.
    Vivienne K.

    March 2, 202130 reviews


    Lovely service


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  • David N.
    David N.

    February 20, 20216 reviews


    While the food was really good it started badly when being accused of cancelling three times when we did not - and so no booking - also we didn’t get the complementary wine for booking through the Fork

  • Jolanta J.
    Jolanta J.

    February 6, 202114 reviews


    It was great experience except they don’t accept credit cards ????????

  • Wei C.

    January 30, 20212 reviews


    Delicious food from start to finish (although we wish we had room for their homemade desserts too). The kids devoured the pierogi and the grownups enjoyed the pork goulash and osso bucco. It wasn't cheap but it was certainly worth it. Will definitely be back.

  • Nina H.

    January 15, 20211 review


    The restaurant is run by a family and they certainly made us feel we were guests at their home, serving us the most delicious foods, drinks and deserts. We loved it and will certainly be back

  • Leah B.
    Leah B.

    December 19, 20202 reviews


    Gréât service And fantastic home cooked Polish food. Family run small cafe that has great atmosphere. The owner is fabulous and you instantly feel welcome. This is the second time to this restaurant and the food has been amazing. Definitely recommend.

  • Donny J.
    Donny J.

    November 18, 202013 reviews


    great restaurant, service and food, homely vibe and nice servings, great vodka selection too, and nice to talk to owners and chef, will go again for sure

  • Greg F.
    Greg F.

    October 4, 202016 reviews


    The staff as owners were very welcoming. It is a little treasure and unashamedly polish cuisine. The setting adds to the atmosphere and most of the customers are regulars

  • Tash M.
    Tash M.

    September 12, 20204 reviews


    My partner and I have been regular customers for a while! The service is always great and food is authentic & excellent :) can’t fault anything and one of our regular spots in Sydney!

  • Jessica H.
    Jessica H.

    September 5, 20201 review


    This restaurant is unpretentious, has delicious food and wonderful service by the waitstaff. Just wished they had eftpos facility. Cash only

  • Christine T.
    Christine T.

    July 24, 20203 reviews


    Yanosh and his boys were very accommodating and understanding of the situation. The meal was fantastic, generous servings. If you want a hearty home cooked meal, this is the place to go. Will definitely be back.

  • Helen M.

    March 15, 20202 reviews


    Lovely host & meal

  • Tom E.
    Tom E.

    February 14, 202026 reviews


    great little restaurant, very welcoming. awesome food. does not disappoint. if you like Polish food this one is a winner. friendly service and care

  • Murray P.

    January 12, 20203 reviews


    Owner pours unordered drinks at table and charges you for them. Contininually trys to upsell additional food. Servings are on small side for the price. Better value is available on Crown Street.

  • Trevor R.
    Trevor R.

    January 3, 202014 reviews


    Great restaurant. Very welcoming & good food. Particularly liked the Polish pancakes & Polish Beer.

  • Stephanie P.
    Stephanie P.

    November 20, 201932 reviews


    This is an immediate favourite of mine and will be back for sure! Hearty, traditional Polish and delicious meals coupled with homemade cakes and liquers - come hungry! A very homely atmosphere with great service :)

  • Marianna N
    Marianna N

    November 10, 20193 reviews


    Excellent food and service. Will recommend to friends and return.

  • Ritu C.
    Ritu C.

    April 8, 201915 reviews


    The pierogi and the beetroot soup were amazing!!!

    Alchemy Cafe Restaurant (Owner)

    Dear RITU! Thank you...Always WELCOME.

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