Fo0die dined as a guest of Sir Charles and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
We arrived at the venue at 12:30pm on a Saturday and found parking along a side street that was 2P until 7pm everyday. While there is parking along the street where the venue is located, this is only for 1P and no limit after 12:30pm on a Saturday.
Approaching the venue, there are tables by the road. On entry, the coffee counter is on the left with a range of wooden tables and large communal, bar height tables in the centre of the dining area.
The venue has a surprisingly depth to it with windows along the side of the venue, thanks to the venue being located between two alleyways.
The kitchen occupies the back corner of the venue with more seating on the opposite back corner. We sat in an area with a step up (almost like a stage), in front of the kitchen and opposite the coffee roasting glass enclosed room which is no longer in use. We sat here admiring the industrial interior with exposed metal beams and white pipes.
While Mr J stuck with his usual matcha latte order, I skipped my mocha for a smoothie which was unexpectedly smaller than I had expected (the price is slightly lower than other cafes who offer smoothies on their menu) and was a delicious, refreshing start to the meal. Mr J’s matcha was more of a bitter tea taste with a frowning bear latte art on top (we always appreciate a cute latte art on top of our drinks!).
Between the two of us, other than the two mains and sweet dish, we were intrigued by one of their side dishes, the truffle and parmesan croquettes. So flavoursome and crispy; the star of the day.
The beautiful fritters dish was beautifully plated and so crispy with a lovely light lemon sauce. While not quite as flavoursome in comparison to the croquette side, the fennel salad kept the deep fried fritters light.
When the potato hash dish came out, we were surprised by the size of the two hash (definitely one for the potato hash lover!). Crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, the dish itself didn’t have a strong punchy flavour like the side. The capsicum salsa and puree gave the dish the freshness needed to cut through the potato (Mr J’s only comment was that he wanted more of the puree on the dish).
At this point we were full but wanted to try the waffle dish. It was sweet with a good peanut butter flavour in the ice cream. The waffle was more on the cake end of the waffle scale and went lovely with the white chocolate crumble (Mr J claimed this was the best tasting chocolate soil he’s ever had).
While this was our first visit to the venue, did anyone notice the change of ownership at the end of 2017? Consider us impressed on our first visit!
Dishes that make up this review
- Hash to have it; crispy potato hash with poached eggs, capsicum, tomato and chilli puree, purple congo crisps, fresh capsicum salsa, roasted pepper coulis and coriander ($18)
- Fritters; spiced sweet potato fritters with corn, lime and chilli puree, poached eggs, fennel, pomegranate, preserved lemon salad and sweet potato crisps ($17.50)
- Waffle sandwich; peanut butter and choc chip ice cream in a waffle sandwich with caramelised banana cream, roasted white chocolate crumb, fresh berries and a cinnamon caramel sauce ($17)
- Truffle and parmesan croquettes with mustard dipping sauce ($10)
- Matcha latte ($4.50)
- Strawberry crush smoothie; strawberries, mint, lemon, passionfruit, coconut water ($8)