BRUNCH!

BRUNCH!

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As usual, I had a huge craving for smashed avocado so I couldn't go past without ordering this dish. As far as smashed avocados go, you really can't go wrong wherever you order it really... But I did like the special little pink radish salad! It was a refreshing + novel addition to the smashed avo!

This was also surprisingly good! Lots of corn in the corn cakes!! And we FINALLY found a place with relish rather than just tomatoes! Topped with crushed avocado (which I was craving!) so YAY! Although it wasn't absolutely amazing, it was a nice little find for sure! We also had no idea what to expect since we sort of just ran into it when the other places were just way too full for us to handle at that point in the afternoon! Although the atmosphere wasn't as hipster as their neighbouring cafes, we were met with friendly service with nice food and good chai.

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This chai latte was actually quite good!! I think it was powder but the soy was steamed to the perfect temperature + creamy-ness and it wasn't watery at all!! We didn't add any honey but it was well sweet enough! Possibly since it was powder...?

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The rich chestnut hollandaise sauce was delicious and the eggs were poached perfectly! Very fancy version of eggs Benedict indeed! The potato rosti had strong flavours of thyme which was delicious too! The potatoes were cut slightly larger than the other rostis I've tasted though! It was slightly small portioned for $17 though... The service was fantastic and the interior was very nicely decorated! It had a more corporate feeling and it wasn't the usually hipster brunch hang out but I still liked it nonetheless!

This was not the usual big vegetarian breakky I was expecting at all!! From the name and the description, I was expecting an ordinaryl big breakfast. But this was way better! Lots of varieties of seasonal vegetables with well poached eggs mixed in a very presentable manner topped with cheese. The extra hollandaise sauce is definitely worth getting!

This was quite fluffy and filling! It almost reminded me of ricotta hotcakes but a healthier version! Although it was missing the element of sweetness from the traditional corn fritters, it was still quite good!

This chai was actually really good!! It wasn't super special but it was a good balance of spices (I have a feeling I've had this blend of chai splices before?) and it wasn't too hot which also meant that it had the perfect amount of milk! We didn't even have to ask for honey either because it came with it so YAY! Although the section we sat was extremely children friendly and it felt like a bit of a crèche, the service was friendly and attentive so double tick on that front too! Maybe next time I'll get to sit in the front section of the cafe where there's better ambience or maybe even outside since they had cute blankets on the chairs that you can use!

The soy milk was frothed very well and the flavour wasn't too intense so it was nice! There was a little too much hot water in it for me though... The honey came in a little beaker-like glass creamer which was cute. The consistency of the honey was much more runny than normal honey so it was extremely easy to pour in! Good tasting honey too! Although the wait staff was very well presented and more professional than most of the other places I've been too, the atmosphere here was a little hectic (our coffee orders and bill was forgotten) and a little too noisy to relax...

The mushrooms were really buttery and cooked well. I think it may have had a hint of truffle oil too? Absolutely delicious with the cheesy cornmeal gratin... At the start. But I think the balance between the mushrooms and the cornmeal is unfortunately slightly tipped towards the cornmeal side. It's a good combination and I still enjoyed it but a little less cake would've been better for me!

Served with cold drip coffee maple pearls, pure maple syrup, blueberry molasses & double whipped cream. I loooved the combination of popping coffee pearls and whipped cream!! It reminded me of coffee jelly I used to love on Japan (it tastes better than it sounds - trust me!). However, the awesome flavour of this coffee jelly was too subtle when you ate it with the brioche French toast unfortunately... The French toast itself was good though!! But I wouldn't mind if the coffee pears were bigger/had stronger flavour for it to come through when you actually ate it with the main component of the dish - French toast!

Poached eggs crumbed in panko, served with charred asparagus, raisins, capsicum curls & a parsnip and jeruselum artichoke purΓ©e. Again, the poached egg was done to perfection! The parsnip and artichoke purΓ©e must've been roasted or something because it had a slight smoky flavour which went really well with the sweet asparagus, raisin and capsicum! This was my second time having crumbed eggs though and I liked my first crumbed egg experience better at Lil' boy blue but I guess the dish was a little cold by the time I got to it so it's a little harsh to compare! Sorry!

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A whole avocado with chevre, opal basil, micro mint, green tea sea salt and charred lemon. The poached eggs were done perfectly and the avocado mash was delicious! I particularly liked that you could control the amount of salt to your liking. But the best thing in this dish was the charred lemon! It added a slight smoky flavour to the dish! I really like my avocado mash lemony so I wish I had TWO charred lemons pieces though!!

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