I came here with Big Sister on my ADO on Monday for lunch. Almost every time I walk into the CBD, I stop by here for a takeaway coffee – they make it nice and strong, just the way I like it. This is the first time eating here, and I must say the food is impressive for a cafe.
Being rather small, it was almost full when we arrived a little past 12pm – fairly busy for a weekday, and I can see why. We managed to snag the last couple of seats on the communal table.
We were served Proud Mary’s beans, and while mine was good, Big Sister’s latte was not – large flecks of coffee grounds were distinctly noticeable through the latte glass. She said the flavour was okay.
I ordered The Russian, which consisted of vodka & lemon house cured salmon tartare, a free range poached egg, with dill & lemon creme fraiche, and seeded sourdough. Loved the presentation, and the taste was just right. Salmon was not too salty, egg perfectly poached, and the sourdough was buttery and delicious.
Big Sister had The Shepherd, which was a slow roasted lamb shoulder with spiced cauliflower and barley. I don’t eat lamb, but tried the barley and cauliflower. Big Sister said her dish was very good, though the barley could have been cooked for longer.
In my opinion this is one of the better cafes in the area. Small and cosy, decent coffee, great food. Eyeing the dishes ordered by the ladies across from us, I noticed each dish was peculiarly presented – definitely different from the usual boring styles adopted by most cafes these days. Will definitely be back to try other items on the menu, and it will continue to be a regular stopover for me on the days I walk into the city.
Ratings (based on my own experience, on this occasion):
Food – 8 / 10
Service – 7 / 10
Value for money – 8 / 10
OVERALL CONSENSUS: 4 bags (out of 5)