The team at Brooklyn Hide know their boiled bread and they know their delicious deli fillings. Seeing a gap in the market, co-owners Dan Littlepage and Matthew Forsdike took their love of New York City and set up shop in Surry Hills last month.
The result has seen lines of people going out the door and winding down Commonwealth Street, so we thought we’d go in and experience bagel mania for ourselves.
The grub: With Chrissy Flanagan from MasterChef Professionals baking the hole-y bread, and the menu taking inspiration from the melting pot of New York City boroughs, you’re guaranteed to find something to whet the appetite.
We opted for the ‘Noho’ ($10) with two poached eggs, alpaca ham, baby spinach, and an amazing tomato relish. It’s your breakfast-brunch bagel and with a coleslaw side, it’s hefty enough to be the perfect hangover cure.
The menu changes daily and there are specials with more nods to NYC than an episode of Gossip Girl. The Tribeca ($10) with Wagyu Bresaola is a great lunch option, made delicious by the salty-sweet meat and refreshing dressing.
However, the Chinatown (a special), topped with omelet, blue swimmer crab remoulade, chilli, crispy garlic and XO sauce is the most unique tasting bagel in town. It might not be for everyone, but it certainly stole my heart. There’ll be big trouble in little China if they take this one away.
If you’re just after a snack, pop in for a raisin and cinnamon bagel, it’s their version of raisin toast and will only set you back $6.50. Or why not try one of Chrissy’s NYC baked treats, she’s serving up brownies, apple pies and biscuits daily.
Verdict: With a slick urban layout, a spot-on cup of Little Marionette coffee and the best bundles of dough this side of Brooklyn, we have to say that this place is totally Kosher, man.
226 Commonwealth Street, Surry Hills. See: brooklynhide.com.au