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Robocog Cafe

May 25, 2011


I first noticed Robocog cafe while driving down Riley St, in a hurry towards something-or-other (what it was, I can’t remember now for sure).

What I do remember is pressing my face to the glass of the car window, trying to catch the name of the strange out-of-place cafe with the sweet white picket fence. A tiny white cottage swallowed up amidst a sea of terrace housing.

Lucky the cafe had a flag (!) – because I managed to glimpse the name “Robocog” as the car drove by. ROBOTS! Brilliant! I made cunning plans to commit the name to memory and come back to check it out.
… that is, until I completely forgot. Super lame.

And then my friend Zay told me about this new cafe she thought I’d like. With a robot theme (!!). Even before she mentioned the name, I knew what she was talking about. ROBOCOG!

So that’s where we ended up on Sunday arvo. Robocog is run by a group of bike-obsessed Thai boys who call out friendly hellos as we get ourselves seated at the big table inside. And the inside is just as super cute as I hoped it would be:

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There are plenty of robots, that’s for sure.

And the food?



One of my favourite things in the world (besides robots) is a really good all day brekkie menu. And Robocog definitely delivers. Jason orders the Big Robo Brekkie ($15.90) – and he’s super pleased. It’s got bacon, eggs as you like them (poached), a selection of toast (he chose sourdough), roast tomato, mushies, chorizo and baked beans! (I love the sprinkling of chopped chives on the tinned baked beans…. fancy!)


I order the breakfast “Berrito” ($11.90) – which has fluffy scrambled eggs, chorizo, cheese and their home made tomato salsa. It’s tasty and very filling. I almost can’t finish the whole thing.


Zay orders the BTA ($11.90) – bacon, tomato, avocado sandwich, with two extra poached eggs on the side. (look at her patiently waiting for me to snap the pic. The sign of a true friend)

No split bills because I am bad at Math
I love the disclaimer on the menu. So honest. And I sympathise completely.

We also get juices from their extremely comprehensive freshly squeezed juice menu.

I get a Pineapple Pick-Me-Up – which has pineapple, grapefruit and ginger. Yum.

So the food is good. But the biggest test of a cafe for me is atmosphere. And sitting there eating my breakfast burrito, surrounded by toys, with a mix tape of Beatles songs playing in the background – which, as if on cue, starts playing “Here Comes the Sun”…

… life feels pretty sweet indeed.

Thanks Mr Roboto, I think I will

249 Riley Street,
Surry Hills NSW 2010
(02) 9281 2880

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. May 26, 2011 12:46 am

    OOhh this place looks so cute! Must pay it a visit
    *beep beep boop beep*

  2. May 26, 2011 9:50 am

    WHY DID I HAVE NO IDEA THIS PLACE EXISTED. I must go there post-haste!


  3. May 26, 2011 10:03 am

    Awww, I think this place looks so cute, and I love the disclaimer on the menu – really funny. The food also looks pretty darn good.

    • May 26, 2011 12:13 pm

      Yeah all the food was really nicely done and uncomplicated. Just how I like my lazy Sunday brekkie!

  4. May 26, 2011 2:30 pm

    Servings look huge and tasty!

  5. May 29, 2011 8:41 am

    Wowsers Gadget! This place looks SO cool!!!

    • May 30, 2011 11:46 pm

      I had a feeling it was your style 🙂 They are bike mad too 😉

  6. May 30, 2011 11:31 pm

    Fresh bake beans or can ? Breakfast portion looks huge

    • May 30, 2011 11:45 pm

      Pretty sure it was tinned. Which is why the delicately chopped chives was very cute. But I appreciate the effort.

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