Three years ago I stumbled into John Montagu in Woolloomooloo, named after the supposed inventor of the humble sandwich. And now, business partners Raymond Lim and Nerada Kudinar have opened Ms Murray on Liverpool St, a cafe just around the corner from the 3 Wise Monkeys pub. Ms Fanny Murray was an 18th-century English courtesan, mistress to John Montagu and with a menu featuring sandwiches as well as more heftier dishes, it seems appropriately named.
We start with the House Yoghurt ($13) which is as pretty as a picture, there’s a coconut & chia pudding layered with honeyed greek yoghurt and a jumble of toasted oats and iced fruits. It’s deceptively filling and is a great summery dish for when the sun is out. I particularly loved the lychees because well, lychees are delicious.
The Salmon Rillette ($19) is another great summer-y dish, there’s a pea pannacotta that is ridiculously smooth, dollops of cream cheese and generous amount of creamy salmon rillette hides under a tangle of mixed leaves. I loved the coddled egg topped with salmon roe that’s pretty much just begging to be stabbed and I alternate slathering on the salmon on the accompanying slices of rye toast or dunking into the gooey egg. Deeelicious.
And then if the weather changes like it did over the weekend, the Cheese and Sage Toastie ($6) is a soul warming winner. The bread is sourced from St Honoré Bakery and is stuffed full of Maffra cheddar and crispy sage leaves before being lightly toasted until the cheese is the perfect amount of melty.
@alwayseating has chosen the Bacon and Egg Bun ($7) which is pretty damn tasty with super fluffy scrambled free range eggs, uber crispy bacon and a tangy housemade barbecue sauce on a soft sesame seed bun.
I can’t resist the John Montagu Beef Cheeks ($17), it was my all time fave item at John Montagu and it’s been a while between sandwiches! It was every bit as delicious as I remembered, the slow braised beef cheeks are meltingly tender and the rocket and spanish onions helps to cut through the richness. There’s also some aged cheddar cheese in there but tbh it probs doesn’t need it as the sandwich was rich enough as it is but hey who am I to reject cheese 😛
Papa Choc has ordered the Fish Burger ($15) minus the cheese (I love cheese about as much as my parents hate cheese haha). The fish is pretty spectacular, incredibly moist and flaky in an irresistible crunchy batter. The accompanying fries are a nice touch, each baton is golden and fluffy and tossed in a smoked paprika sea salt.
Noods chose the Smoked Wagyu Benedict ($18) which was pretty humongous. A sesame studded bun is filled to the brim with ribbons of smoked wagyu, a forest of sauteed kale, dollops of eggless horseradish hollandaise and a poached egg. Definitely a meal for the hungry!
And because my eyes are bigger than my stomach I ordered the Peanut Butter French Toast ($12) which was the very definition of rich. Slabs of eggy french toast are sandwiched with peanut butter, doused in a Baileys maple cream sauce and topped with caramelised banana and a scattering of walnuts. Yeah, I couldn’t finish it but I sure gave it my best shot!
With awesome food, amazing coffee and service with a giant grin, Ms Murray’s looks set to be a hit with the locals!
Shop 2, 88 Liverpool St
Mon – Fri: 6.30am – 4pm
Sat & Sun: 9am – 4pm