My husband and I ate at Cafe DOV a couple of weeks ago. We'd unsuccessfully tried to get a table at the renowned Ms G's, but we were told by the wait staff it would be at least 1 to 1 and a 1/2 hours before we got a table, and they didn't seem particularly apologetic - so we left. So glad we did! Wandered down the street a bit further and had a look at the menu for DOV, which sounded great - and it was.
We each had a small main and side dish, and they were all delicious - I had grilled herb chicken thigh with roasted red pepper salsa, eggplant and almonds, and spicy sweet potato with lemon and mint. Husband had grilled polenta with herbs, tomato and parmesan, and parmesan crumbed green tomatoes with basil pesto and aioli. Although we'd ordered small mains I thought they were very generous. Finished off with a dessert of flourless orange cake (beautifully moist), bitter orange coulis, with a couple of complimentary scoops of vanilla bean icecream, kindly suggested by the excellent waitress.
The decor was nice, typical modern cafe style, with a long banquette and cushions along one wall. A nice touch was the water bottle kept in a chilled ice bucket clamped to the side of the table - very handy. The courtyard looked like it would be a nice spot to eat and drink during the day.
Only one annoying thing during our visit to DOV - there was a very loud large party at a table just across from us, which sort of made it difficult to hear at time. The acoustics of the place probably accentuated it a bit.
However, aside from that it was a great meal out - wouldn't hesitate to recommend it. Just wished we'd managed to make it back for brunch or lunch during our time in Sydney! Good value, think the bill came to about AU$70 for food and a drink each.
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