Surch – The Overview…
Surch is now permanently closed. Please let us know in the comments if you can recommend a good alternative.
Food: Oppor-tuna-ty bowl, Fowl play bowl, Roasted potatoes
Using sous vide style cooking, Surch – which stands for SURprise lunCH – have a range of healthy protein bowls or the option to make your own too. You’re greeted with a range of fresh Australian produce at the counter, and while I prefer to leave my bowls to their expert judgement, they make choosing your own a pretty easy task with all the fresh, brightly coloured veggies on offer.
I love that the food is served in real bowls, although I was a little disappointed my potatoes came in a take away container and it did take away from the experience a little. Sadly when we visited there were also several dishes unavailable – so we opted for the oppo-tuna-ty and the fowl play. For the price they offer great value and are fresh healthy lunch options.
The oppor-tuna-ty bowl had nice flavours and lots of green leafy salad. The freshness of the orange mozzarella salad added a real zing to the dish while the pasta made it nice and filling. The tuna patty was a little too soft but taste wise it was quite mild and worked well with the other flavours.
The fowl play was delicious, and there was no comparison between this and the tuna. The sous vide chicken was perfectly cooked, it matched so well with the tomato basmati which had just a touch of sweetness and was finished off with the most delicious lemon and lime dressing. I’d eat this for lunch every day. It just had so much going on, but was fresh and healthy too! We added the roast potatoes on the side too which just made it more of a meal if you’re hungry! While I think Surch still have a bit of ironing out to do before they’re functioning on top form, this dish shows they have real promise and could soon be revolutionising our lunchtime dining.
Address: 270 Canterbury Road, Forest Hill
Mon 9am to 5:30pm
Tue 9am to 5:30pm
Wed 9am to 5:30pm
Thu 9am to 9pm
Fri 9am to 9pm
Sat 9am to 5pm
Sun 10am to 5pm
Parking: The shopping centre has numerous car parks, we had no trouble finding a spot even on a Saturday.
Getting here on PT: The 703, 736 and 765 buses all stop nearby. If you’re coming from further afield, you’re best option is probably to jump on a train to Blackburn Station where you can catch one of the above buses the rest of the way.
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Surch, Forest Hill Chase. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.