Fo0die dined as a guest of Pinkie and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
This is our second visit to Pinkie (click here to read our original review back in 2018).
Pinkie is located under an apartment complex with 3P parking on weekdays and no limit on weekends. There’s Ivanhoe train station nearby for those without a car.
This isn’t our first visit to Pinkie and we’ve always loved the set up of their outdoor space which is entirely undercover and situated just at the front of the venue.
Bar height round tables run along the edge of the outdoor space and normal dining tables along the windows of the venue. The outdoor space has blinds to close off the sides and electric heaters on top.
Entering the venue, the counter and kitchen are on the left hand side and the dining space is on the right hand side which runs parallel to the dining tables in the outdoor space.
The interior has exposed ceilings with light pink walls and darker pink soft furnishing and draping greenery just on top of the counter.
The venue’s menu is double sided with one side of the menu containing the impressive list of drinks that the venue offers. From coffee to not coffee (e.g. turmeric, matcha, beetroot lattes) to smoothies, sodas and juices. The venue also offer alternatives to milk such as soy, oat milk, coconut milk and almond milk.
On the other side of the menu, the venue’s all day menu along with sides and a kids menu (who they call ‘little peeps’!).
While we ordered our usual matcha latte and mocha, we also wanted to try their beetroot latte which was vibrant pink, not too overly sweet and had a ginger flavour to it.
A round up of our ‘usuals’, matcha was mild in flavour but well balanced in terms of not being too grassy or seaweedy. Mocha was a little on the sweeter side but has a bitterness to it to balance the chocolate.
Onto our two savoury dishes, first up was the salmon and avo bowl. Our salmon was a little more than seared but still pink on the inside. The bowl was satisfying with the creaminess from the avocado combining well with the brown rice and spinach.
The royal mushrooms dish was presented beautifully with the fried enoki on top which also provided a nice addition to the textures of the dish. Mushrooms had a good natural mushroom flavour to it which was well seasoned and the broccolini gave the dish some colour and crunch.
A random side note; the venue actually provided cutlery that easily cut through the multigrain toast. I have a hard time using a butter knife to cut toast normally and usually resort to hands and what I was born with (teeth).
The dulce ricotta pancake. Not only did the dish look delectable, it was cooked perfectly and not dry. We love the white chocolate crumble… well I liked it while Mr J found it a little too sweet (more for me I say!).
We loved the current menu and the execution of each dish that we tried. This second visit has increased the venue’s overall rating. We can’t wait to see what their next menu will bring.
Dishes that make up this review
- Matcha latte ($5)
- Mocha ($4)
- Hibiscus and beetroot latte ($5)
- Salmon and avo bowl; brown rice, avocado, torched salmon, ginger, sriracha kewpie, sauteed spinach, sesame, nori ($19)
- Royal mushrooms with enoki, abalone, schmeji and shitake mushrooms, broccolini, mushroom pate, poached egg on multigrain toast ($19.50)
- Dulce ricotta pancakes, buttermilk pancakes, salty dulce de leche, honey ricotta, white choc crumble and freeze dried raspberries ($19)