Monday, 9 July 2018

Lady Marmalade - Stones Corner

Saturday mornings are always a good time for brunch. In fact, these days, there is very little that would be worth me getting up early in the morning for other than a good brunch. I was especially excited last week as the friend I was meeting suggested we check out the very famous and very popular Lady Marmalade at Stones Corner. Being as excited as I was, of course I wasn't able to sleep well the night before, my mind being filled with fantasies of bacon and eggs, which of course meant that I overslept the morning after and ran late. Thankfully my companion arrived early and waited to secure a table for us, resulting in my rushing in and forgetting to take an outside shot.

The menu was was comprehensive and allowed for a customizable meal too, with breakfast being available all day and lunch being served after 11. Service was prompt and we were able to make an order soon after our arrival.

Water was also provided without delay, an efficiency that I found quite pleasing.

Our coffees were also served promptly, my companion had a latte and I had a cappuccino in a mug. Both coffees were smooth and rich with a delightful nutty flavour. Milk was rich and silky, but I would have preferred more care been made to the cocoa on top of my cappuccino which was overconcentrated in the centre, without any on the edges.

Our food came as we were halfway through the coffees, and they were definitely a sight to behold.

My companion ordered the Sweet Potato and Butternut Pumpkin Bowl which was served with kale, topped with a poached egg, crumbled feta and toasted almonds. Despite the feta, she found the flavors to be somewhat bland and uninspiring. Perhaps this could have been improved with some sort of herbs to give it some variation. Whilst this could have been debated as a matter of opinion, what couldn't was the fact that her single poached egg was quite overcooked, to a point where the middle of the yolk was barely gelatinous and didn't run at all and the outer rims of the yolk were fairly hard boiled, which I would consider to be fairly indefensible for a cafe specialising in brunchy food.

On the other hand, I had The Biggie Carnivore which comprised of double smoked bacon, lamb sausage, roast tomato, mushrooms, sweet potato rosti, caramelised onions and poached eggs with toasted sourdough. Whilst most of my meal was quite enjoyable with well caramelised haloumi and mushrooms as well as a decadent and well seasoned potato rosti, both of my eggs were also sadly overcooked and the yolk inexcusably hardboiled around the edges. The lamb sausages also had quite a chewy skin which wasn't ideal either. For the record, given the state of the eggs, I would have raised it with staff if they had asked me how my meal was going, but given how busy it was, no one asked me how our meal was until we paid, and unfortunately that itself was met with a mere "oh".

Price Range: $20 - $30pp

Taste: 5/10
Value: 6/10
Service: 7/10
Environment: 7/10

Lady Marmalade Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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