Before 11am, the breakfast/brunch menu offers an imaginative list of six Benedicts. Other inspired options include the popular avo with biltong dust on toast. The lunch menu has items good to share, such as the tapas trio: a rich and robust red pepper dip, fresh and yoghurty tzatziki, tasty smoked olives and excellent chewy Glenwood Bakery rye toast. The crispy melt-in-the-mouth creamy zucchini fries with house-made mayo are a popular nibble and have good textural contrasts.
For the hungry, the Sri Lankan lamb bowl (with tender, lean chunks) over coconut rice – mildly spiced and tasty with the accompanying pico de gallo – is a light yet filling choice. The pulled pork slow-cooked in “cola” has, as one might expect, a distinctive sweetish flavour. Succulent and delicious with fresh avo, black beans and wild brown rice. In both these dishes, tomato chilli jam gives the taste buds reason to applaud. Visually they do a nice job with pea-sprout greenery.
Among the beef burger options the one with mayo and kimchi stands out. Expect a plump, juicy meat patty (good with the chewy kimchi) and a minimalist bun.
Leave room for dessert or just go there for the Affogato Bar section of the menu. Why resist something called “Paradise”? Vanilla ice cream, bubbly bursts of chia seeds, a contrasting bite of granadilla and a pouring of bitter espresso...
The tongue-in-cheek “Boozed” drinks menu invites indulgence, especially the “Wheel Out the Gin Trolley” section with its domestic and imported choices. There are creative cocktails and some carefully chosen wines by the glass or bottle.
Erratic. A mix of friendly and helpful and preoccupied. A bit like a lucky dip.
You won’t stumble upon Freedom Café, tucked away in the courtyard of The Concierge boutique hotel. In good weather, enjoy alfresco deck dining under a tree. Colourful, fun, stylish vibe.
Expect to find fresh ingredients, flavourful food, a creative menu and a relaxed vibe. In good weather people spill out to tables on the wooden deck under the trees. Inclement weather? Sharing tables feels right probably because the glass and colour features of the expanded containers make for an informal feel that’s fun and friendly.
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