Breakfast is served all day and includes a vast range of Banting friendly options. The signature Benedict are among the most popular items on the menu, try the green eggs and ham variation which is named so because of the basil hollandaise that is served spooned over the eggs.
For lunch, my favourite is the "cheeky chicken burger" which is a marinated chicken breast, served on a pillowy homemade bun, topped with sweet, sticky caramelized onion, fresh avo and a drizzle of mustard mayo - if you're a fan of burgers, then this is a definitely must try. Another signature is the homemade chicken pie made using all butter puff pastry made on the premises. For those who prefer something lighter, there are numerous salads on the menu, each seasonal and offering interesting combinations.
To satisfy your sweet tooth, there is a selection of homemade cakes and pastries that include gluten free options. For something a little fun, try the milk and cookies, a soft and gooey dark chocolate biscuit served with some homemade vanilla milk in a cute little mini carafe.
The drinks menu is pretty extensive; in fact, it is as large and varied as the food menu. Drinks offered range from coffees, to speciality teas, a selection of gourmet hot chocolates which are the perfect comfort on a chilly winter’s day. If you prefer something fruity and cold, try the homemade raspberry & thyme cordial made from fresh, pressed raspberries, it's served with fresh sprigs of thyme and topped with soda water, so refreshing, and not too sweet either. The wine menu includes a variety of local, affordable wines sold by the bottle and glass. Each lunch menu item includes a recommendation for a wine pairing which is a lovely added touch.
A truly delightful and inviting place that charms you into staying longer than you intended. The restaurant is decorated in a shabby-chic style with quirky mis-matched tables and chairs giving it a relaxed homely feel. In the corner at the entrance is a bright pink upholstered almost regal-looking lounge set. Above the front store windows hang lights made from metal colanders and whimsical handmade felt birds swaying in the breeze formed when the front door is opened. On the walls hang pieces of artwork by local designers, all for sale.
The staff is some of the friendliest I have come across, a mix of both young energetic students as well as older more reserved servers - all equally excitable and eager to greet you and make your visit memorable. The restaurant fills up considerably during lunch time, so expect a bit of a wait for your meal, I waited no less than 40 minutes for my lunch order. (I would have given the service a 5, but marked down for the long wait). The restaurant also has a pantry of items for sale, ranging from homemade preserves, wines as well as gift cards.
Pretty, delicious café fare.
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This cheerful eatery remains a perennial favourite in the southern suburbs and it’s not hard to see why. The menu offers a wide selection of creatively designed dishes to tempt the appetite. Breakfast is served all day and draws the masses in droves – it can be hard to nab a table here, especially on weekends. It can be hard to decide what to order as well – will you go for ‘dessert’ breakfast in the form of apple, bacon and pecan streusel flapjacks? But then there is the very real temptation of the Breakfast Tartine, with porcini, poached egg and local brie on toasted briôche. Banters will also find much joy and variety here.
As for lunch, choose between a range of mouthwatering sandwiches; some truly inventive salads; substantial mains like the Bangkok burger, with sticky hoisin pork neck, cucumber and pickled ginger; and the the fish cakes, served with coriander relish, basil Hollandaise and saffron aioli, which makes for a fragrant and very satisfying meal.
The yellowfin tuna tataki salad (with pickled cucumber, beetroot, charred corn and soy beans) does not amaze on the first taste, yet after a short while the flavours seem to merge and get along very well indeed.
A veritable smorgasbord awaits. You’ll find gourmet coffees and teas, fresh pressed juices, craft sodas, nut milks, craft beers and ciders. There’s also a nicely curated wine list with something to suit most pockets and tastes.
Very welcoming, with a nice shot of friendly humour to brighten your day.
Choose a spot according to your mood – you can linger over your lunch in a quiet corner in the courtyard at the back, or enjoy a lovely loud ladies’ brunch at one of the bigger tables near the entrance. The overall feeling is one of relaxed warmth.
Be sure to leave room for something sweet, as the offering is truly exceptional. Have a peek at the glass display cases at the entrance to see what is on offer on the day. On the permanent menu, the ‘Shutupyourface Sandwich’ – chocolate cake, almond biscuit, hazelnut mousse and marshmallow crème – leaves a lasting and highly favourable impression.
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