SOUTHSIDE TEAROOM, MORNINGSIDE: Quite a small, old fashioned little café on the side of a busy road, this café provides a very starkly different, but slightly rundown, vibey atmosphere with friendly staff and a nice timber-based interior décor. Their menu options are quite simple, ranging from bagels to classic English-style breakfasts, but also have an Americanesque-style massive, diabetes-causing milkshakes and brownies (absolutely yum yum!)
Campfire Steak and Eggs (Smoked Ribeye, Hollandaise, House Hash, Toast, 2 Eggs) – $22.0
The good fat: Perfectly cooked sunny-side up eggs on the side. The house hash was crunchy on the inside and had a great mixture of savoury seasoning on the inside that went well with the creamy subtleness of the hollandaise sauce on the side and was probably the highlight of the dish! The steak was tender and cut into very thin slices.
The bad fat: The ribeye steak was a bit overcooked, and I understand the cooking is tricky especially considering how thin the slices, so it ended up being a bit dry. Also, the whole dish was slightly on the saltier side so a bit more hollandaise sauce or thicker slices of bread to balance it out would’ve been better.
Gingerbread Pancakes (Roast Pear, Meringue, Lemon Curd and Dairy Free Icecream) – $15.9
The good fat: I enjoyed the thick, fluffy texture of the pancakes themselves as they had a light, cinnamon flavouring to it. The icecream on the top and the syrup added a bit of much needed moisture. The pancakes themselves weren’t very sweet so the sauce and the pear added some sweetness that wasn’t too excessive. A pretty well balanced dish in terms of sweetness. The poached pear was soft and sweet and as was the droplets of meringue.
The bad fat: Didn’t really enjoy the sourness of the … sauce as it came through quite acidic in a way that wasn’t able to be undercut by the flouryness of the pancake itself so it was quite overpowering in the end. As there was no form of subtler, more moisture-providing sauce in between the thick pancakes, it got a little dry and heavy to eat towards the end.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – A cheap and casual eatery in you’re near the area be sure to pop in 🙂