Hectic Chinatown slowly peters out the further you go down Sussex Street towards the bridge. As Chinese eateries give way to a more varied cuisine, Kusuka Cafe pops up. A bright corner cafe, the all around floor to ceiling windows affords some worthy people watching on a Friday and Saturday evening. With a definite Asian influence, the menu is varied and my neighbour’s drinks are decked out with fairy floss and all sorts of sugary things. It’s an odd place to serve scones, but there they are alongside a few other slices of cake. I’m not impressed that the scone arrives lightly toasted rather than lightly warmed. As far as I’m concerned, it’s not a scone at all! Although the presentation is impressive – I’ve not seen cream served in a glass like this before, nor the jam in a flip top jar. What’s not impressive is the quality. The jam is sickly sweet, the cheap kind, and the cream is light and airy and probably from a can. The best thing about the spread is the tea. My rose white tea is top-notch and brewed perfectly. Closed Thursday, Friday and Sundays.
Tea: A handful of good quality loose-leaf teas with the addition of three more interesting blends served in a good-sized teapot.
Overall: A mellow alternative in hectic Chinatown.
Location: Unit 12/339 Sussex St, Sydney NSW 2000 Ph: 02 8033 0532
Reviewed June 2018