If there was a prize for best concept for a café it would definitely have to go to Cheatday Sydney.
Not only is it decked out with the gym theme, complete with dumbbells for table numbers, a mini gym set up in the corner, and shakes served in protein shaker bottles, they’ve even got a big glowing sign that reads #eatcakenotkale.
But it’s not just about the environment. They’re well known for their Cheesecake pavlova (another statement worthy of a sign, albeit not a glowing one), and rightly so….we’ll get to that later.
There’s a delectable looking brunch menu, and an extensive burger menu on the wall, but to save the dilemma of choosing what to order, we go for the Cheatday platter for a bit of everything. It’s great value at $35, which comes with a shake, burger, fries, fried chicken and dessert.
The shakes alone are probably likely more calories than I’d have on a normal weekday, but hey, it’s Cheatday afterall right?
We can’t go past the golden gaytime shake which is ridiculously rich and caramelly, with crunchy golden gaytime bits dispersed within. You’ll probably want to be sharing this one, it’s quite sweet, and we find the strawberry a little less on the heavy side.
Cheatday’s beef burger may not look especially flash, but it’s definitely taste over looks here- with all the right flavours and balance, it’s definitely be one we’d have again and again. There’s a freshness to the burger, not just in the fresh tomato and lettuce, but especially noticeable in the juicy meat patty topped with melted cheese and just enough mayonnaise to bring it all together.
The fried chicken burger comes with a generously sized piece of fried chicken, fried to a satisfying crunch. Sandwiched between two fluffy buns, we also love that there’s a good measure of green lettuce helps to add freshness and balance the heaviness of the chicken and melty cheese.
You’ll also find the same tasty fried chicken as a side in the Cheatday platter, as well as their seasoned fries. The seasoning is seriously addictive stuff, we couldn’t help but demolish the fries despite being ridiculously full from this feast. Don’t say you weren’t warned!
Things get much fancier when we move onto dessert, their famous Cheesecake pavlova looking more like something out of a fine dining experience than a café.
We’re not really sure we have room for dessert after the burgers and shakes, but you can’t leave Cheatday Sydney without trying their Cheesecake Pavlova. Once you get over how pretty it looks, dig in and you’ll understand why it’s so well known- neither of us are huge fans of cheesecake or pavlova, but absolutely loved this dessert.
The combination of beautiful meringue kisses interspersed between soft, almost mousse like cream cheese filling works well, with the meringue giving off a crunch like the base of a cheesecake. Scatterings of crushed biscuits and dollops of thick crème patisserie add richness, whilst fresh berries balance out the sweetness.
It’s a combination that just works so well, we just wished we weren’t so full so we could appreciate it more!