Aura, Lower Templestowe

It feels like it has been ages since I last had brunch. It also feels like a long time since I've posted a restaurant review, which is probably true. We've been trying to cook more at home, and when we do eat out, we have been revisiting old favourites.

Anyhow, on a recent weekend, my parents and I decided to go for brunch at Aura, Lower Templestowe and check out some of the fruit farms nearby. Unfortunately, it was cold and the trees were bare, so there was nothing much to see. We ended up at Westfield Doncaster and it turned out to be a rather productive shopping day for me!

We were at the café rather early, so it was quite empty apart from another two tables. As a result, we were able to enjoy some peace and quiet as well as prompt service during our visit.

There's no better way to start a lazy Sunday than having a cup of hot chocolate. It took me a few moments to start drinking because the art was simply too pretty to be destroyed!

The homemade potato rosti was an obvious choice for me, and I loved the display I received. The sunny side up eggs were cooked to my liking, with the yolk runny. The roasted tomatoes were subtly flavoured and juicy, and the prosciutto-wrapped asparagus also added a lovely contrast of crunch and savoury. Unfortunately I didn't enjoy the rosti much as it had a powdery texture, reminding me of fish cakes.

My parents shared a serving of corn fritters with smashed avocado, feta, bacon and poached eggs and they really liked it. I guess it is a combination that is hard to get wrong!

As we were finishing up, more patrons started rolling in. We sat around for a while longer to chat and we left with satisfied tummies. Overall, it is a great place to have a relaxed meal and with good food, friendly and quick service, we will most certainly be happy to return.

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  1. I went here recently and liked it too. Odd location but the food is good!

    1. I agree, it's a little in the middle of nowhere! We drove around the residential area afterwards though, so got to ogle at the mansions. :)