When it comes to authentic Asian cuisine, it can be hard to find cafes with fresh, homely dishes and raw flavours of the motherland.
All too often, its the same old, same old.
But not at Caf Rumah.
With an emphasis on home-style Malaysian cooking, the name itself means home in Malay.
Co-owner Riszal Nawawi has been running Caf Rumah alongside his wife and brother-in-law since opening in February 2016.
We always had talks about starting up our own project, and finally the time came where we found a suitable opportunity because we had ideas in our head, and I quit my job, he says.
Its been a quick year, its been good.
With a primary focus on flavours and recipes authentic to their Malaysian heritage, Riszal says their method is to take traditional Malaysian dishes, add in a twist of family tradition, and then attempt to translate that into a caf setting.
Something different with a twist, Riszal says.
We put our Malaysian flavours into the caf. Like French toast but with our 5-spice recipe, he says.
Or even the classic Cuban sandwich with tender Asian five-spice pulled pork.
With a menu emphasising homemade foods and rich Malaysian dishes, one of Caf Rumahs most popular dishes comprises of coconut jam, Japanese white bread, and plenty of butter.
This Malaysian dish can be served as either a sweet or savoury dish, while the coconut jam recipe is Riszals wifes grandmothers very own.
Building on this rich family tradition, Riszal attributes Caf Rumahs success to the close relationship they have with their customers.
We treat everyone like part of our extended family. Everyone is a friend, everyone is welcome to our shop, he says.
With a customer base of regulars who return week after week, its clear to see the love is mutual.
We must be doing something right I guess.
Having been an accountant for 10 years previously, Riszal was eager to start up his own caf for one simple reason.
A general love of food: we love food, we love talking about food, and we love making new dishes, Riszal says.
But Riszals passion for his caf runs deeper than just the awesome food.
Its meeting people, talking to people, greeting people, letting people try my food and hearing they love the food, he says.
Were just a small caf but we love serving the food that we do.
With a general decline in cafes who take the effort to build relationships with their customers, dont miss your chance to see the friendly crew at Caf Rumah, and try some of grandmas very own coconut jam!
71 Campbell St, Surry Hills 2010 |(02) 9280 2289
Opening hours:Mon Fri: 7.30am – 4pm |Sat: 8am – 4pm