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From turntable to dining table.

Should I be skeptical about the food served at a cafe that is opened by a DJ? Not to mention with a funny name like, “BANG BANG”? I was ready to ignore the invite when it came through to my inbox a couple of weeks ago sent by Alan Thompson, the cafe owner himself. Or should I call him, DJ Alan Thompson? Alan is an award-winning international DJ made fame with his Ministry of Sound Housexy and Clubbers Guide compilations. Other than house music, food is his next greatest passion. Hence, Alan decided to move from UK to Australia, become a citizen and opened bangbang cafe in June 2009.

I did a quick search and there aren’t that many reviews of this bangbang cafe, and the ones I found seem to have nice things to say about this cafe. But it was the photos in the article of the stunning decor inside the cafe that had my mind made up to give it a go.

I am supposed to meet up with Simon at 12.30pm for lunch at bangbang cafe, but unfortunately I got held up at the meeting at Single Origin warehouse and only arrive at the cafe almost 2 hours late! Simon is already there waiting for me, feel bad that I am extremely late but also glad that we just missed the lunch hour rush, there is only another patron sitting at the communal table having his lonesome lunch.

Alan’s passion of music is no doubt reflected in the decor throughout the cafe. The white wall is painted with a giant headphones with the cord coiling all the way to the back of the cafe. Two tiny red chairs are hauntingly mesmerising leaning against the wall, but it is the shiny drummer seats that I fell in love with. Thank god chopsticks are not being used here, I can imagine patrons may have the urge to use them as drumsticks to heat a few beats while waiting for food to arrive.

Bangbang’s menu offers some of Alan’s old-school favourites, just like how his mum used to make in Wales. The menu is all about simplicity and using good quality ingredients for simple dishes. The breakfast menu is impressive with a few items catch my attention – Welsh Rarebit and Scottish brekkie with black pudding for instance. But we are here for lunch, and the menu is also never short of choices. We pick a few items on the menu to share.

The latte art on my flat white is mimicking the Campos logo on the porcelain cup. Campos is one of my favourite coffee in Sydney, but I am a little bit surprised to find that they are not using Single Origin, since they are only a few blocks down on Reservoir Street.

Our lunch arrives swiftly not long after without delay. The wagyu burger is absolutely bang for the buck with its generous portion size (pun intended). The thick wagyu beef pattie is juicy, tender and big flavour, topped with sweet truss tomato slices, spanish onions, resting on a bed of crunchy cos lettuce, every bite is a bliss with a subtle hint of garlicky aioli, and the bangbang tomato and chilli relish is flirting with my taste buds with a hint of heat punch in the background. Instead of chips, the burger is served with a handful of crisps, the English (or the Welsh) way apparently.

Don’t let the unflattering simple looking sandwich fools you. The posh fish finger sandwich, or as they called it, the “sarnie” is composed of fresh breaded flathead fillets on sourdough bread with bangbang coarse tartare sauce. The fish fingers are still piping hot straight out from shallow fry, nice soft flesh on the inside with a crispy golden crumb. Not sure what is it about the “bangbang” bit, but the coarse tartare sauce is quite something else! It makes a huge difference when the tartare sauce is freshly made, it is creamy and rich, the tartness of the sauce really brings out the flavour of the fish. My favourite dish at bangbang.

Last dish we share is the good ole bangers and mash. Two big fat hudson’s pork sausages are grilled to perfection, densely stuffed with good quality pork mince only, exactly what a good pork sausage should be. The creamy mashed potato is velvety smooth and onion gravy perhaps a little salty for my palate, but it can be easily rectified with some minty garden peas.

Bangbang’s food are simple affairs but with big flavour, sometimes that’s exactly what I need! Unpretentious good food! I also find the menu is very well priced and reasonable, just look at the wagyu burger, need I say more? Alan just told me after reading about my Masterchef audition that he also actually tried to apply for Masterchef Australia. Obviously this guy is as food mad as I am!

[Competition is now closed.]
Drool no more,  Alan has kindly offer one of ATFT’s reader to win a meal at bangbang cafe up to the value of $50! All you have to do is simply by leaving a comment on this post and tell us:

  • What is your favourite food for breakfast/lunch?
Terms & Conditions
1. Entry will be judged on creativity or entertainment value.
2. Readers may submit one entry per day before closing date.
3. The competition closes on Tue 4 May 2010 at 5.30pm AEST. The winner will be announced on Wednesday 5 May 2010.
4. Winner will be notified via email. The winner will need to give me name and date when you want to go for a meal.

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bangbang cafe
113 Reservoir St
Surry Hills
NSW 2010
P: (02) 9281 0018

Opening hours:
Weekdays  8am-4pm; Sat 8am-2pm

[The meal was unexpectedly paid for by Alan Thompson himself]

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