Fo0die dined as a guest of Pinkie and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
Conveniently located just near Ivanhoe train station, we arrived at the venue late Saturday morning. We found parking in a large 3P parking off Westley Street which has no limit on Saturday and Sundays.
Located underneath an apartment block, the cafe has a lovely outdoor seating area right at the front which has been cleverly designed with small tables on the left for tables of two or even by yourself for a quiet coffee and tables of four against the window of the venue. This area is partially under cover on the window side.
Entering the venue, there’s bench seats against the wall with the counter directly in front and the kitchen behind that which runs the entire length of the venue (when we dined, the smells from the kitchen was floating into the dining area). The dining area to the right of the entry has a bunch of small tables which can be arranged to accommodate for larger groups.
The decor is modern contemporary with greenery draping off the little ledge above the counter and exposed piping on the ceiling which has been painted a dark pinkie red to match the furnishing in the venue.
The A4 sized menu has a simple two column layout of all their dishes with the other side of the menu dedicated to the drinks (they have wellness lattes and smoothies as well as the usual coffee offerings).
To start we had our usual matcha latte for Mr J and mocha for myself. Both of these came out with lovely latte art on top (something we do appreciate). The mocha was well balanced with a smooth coffee flavour to it while the matcha was subtle in flavour and more on the milkier side.
I can never resist a sushi bowl given my love for Japanese food. And even though I have had sushi bowls at other venues, I never get sick of them because each venue has their own take on the sushi bowl. In Pinkie’s version, the addition of daikon for that extra crunch was a nice touch although some bits were a little big relative to the rest of the ingredients in the bowl.
Mr J, not usually one for breakfast items, chose to have the burger. The bun was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside with a nice cheesy filling (one for the cheese lover!) paired with a wagyu patty which had a subtle herb flavour to it. Chips were crispy and potato filled on the inside.
Mr J’s ideal kind of pancake is light, fluffy and not overly sweet. And this one from Pinkie fit the bill perfectly. While it wasn’t as salty as the name had suggested, it wasn’t overly sweet either until you bite into the white chocolate crumble (best bits in my opinion!).
We’re glad the team behind No. 19 in Ascot Vale and St Rose in Essendon have brought their food and style to the East side so that we too can also experience this on our side of town.
Dishes that make up this review
- Sushi bowl; salmon, brown rice, avocado, daikon, edamame, poached egg, ginger, nori, kewpie and yuzu ponzu ($19)
- Bacon cheeseburger; wagyu, bacon, green tomato, cheddar, sriracha aioli and chips ($19.50)
- Sweet n’ salty pancakes; whipped honey ricotta, salty dulce de leche, banana, raspberry, white chocolate crumbs ($18)
- Mocha ($4)
- Matcha latte ($5)