Last weekend, hubby and I had the pleasure of brunching at Scarvelli Café in Deepdene, a café that takes pride in their coffee as well as their food. They adopt a paddock to plate philosophy, so much of the produce is actually sourced from the owner's farm.
As neither of us were coffee drinkers, we decided to opt for a juice instead. We chose 'revitalise', a blend of apple, celery, ginger and lemon, and it was exactly like its name - refreshing and invigorating.
For my meal, I decided to go for the wood fired salmon, served in shreds alongside a poached egg, crispy polenta gems, quinoa, corn, rocket leaves, and mustard salsa. I thought it was such a refreshing way to eat salmon for brunch! I'm a huge fan of smoked salmon, but I admit I've been feeling a little bored having it eggs royale style. This dish, however, managed to incorporate a myriad of textures and flavours such that every mouthful was a new discovery. From the crunchy outsides of the polenta cubes to the bursting sweetness of the corn, this dish was a treat.
Hubby had the dukkah encrusted eggs served with toast, cauliflower purée, spinach, pine nuts and pomegranate. I didn't have more than a bite of the eggs but he loved it!
The café manager generously packed some sweets for us to take home as well, which were an espresso buttercream éclair and a slice of banana bread which is apparently a very popular item. We were too full from our meal, so we had it as a snack after we had been to the cinema, and they were amazing! The éclair was beautiful, we loved the hint of coffee and the lightness of the cream. The banana bread was a tad too sweet for me, but no trouble, as hubby gobbled it all up.
In conclusion, we had a great experience at Scarvelli. In hubby's words, he 'wouldn't mind coming back again', and he seldom says that! We love the fact that the dishes on offer have their own twist and are quite healthy. It is a bit of a drive for us, but the good food and ambience is definitely worth it.
Disclaimer: This meal was sponsored by Scarvelli Café. The content of this post reflects my honest opinions.