DISH AND SPOON, CAMBERWELL: This is a chic and popular brunch spot in the Eastern suburb of Camberwell – boasting not only a beautifully designed interior, but also a lovely outdoor section in the back covered with a patio. Dish and Spoon also features a seasonally changing menu with Middle Eastern twists on certain classics – which is always a favourite of mine to try! The cold drip coffee was delicious (my first time trying and I loved the roasted, slightly sweet after taste) and the meal itself was hearty, refined, making it a very enjoyable brunch experience for me.
Autumn Smoothie (Blueberry, Strawberry, Mint, Coconut Water, Raspberries, Honey) – $8.0
The good fat: This was our waitress’ recommendation (her favourite smoothie) and I was definitely in the mood for a berry smoothie this morning. Being not a huge fan of mint, I appreciated how it was just on the side, as a decoration and it wasn’t a predominant flavour within. The berries were blended together to create a very refreshing juice with seeds here and there from the strawberries that preserved its authenticity. I could taste subtle hints of the honey which gave it a delicious sweetness.
The bad fat: Being in a slender glass, this was a little small in terms of portion size (but gorgeous presentation nonetheless)
Sticky Sumac and Sesame Lamb Ribs w. Rocket, Parsley and Pomegranate Salad – $23.0 (+4 sweet potato wedges)
The good fat: The lamb ribs were cooked so perfectly tender that they fell right off the bone with a small prod of my knife. We were offered a lemon water bowl for washing the hands but I didn’t even need it as the meat fell off so beautifully. The marinade was hearty and flavoursome, with hints of Middle Eastern spiciness from the sumac and sesame. I really enjoyed how refereshing and juicy the pomegranate salad was – there was the perfect amount of pomegranate seeds so that when I took a bite, each seed would give a mini juicy explosion to balance out the bitterness of the rocket. Each sweet potato wedge was fat and smooth on the inside but crisp with its intact skin outside. Such a delicious lamb rib! I was quite in love.
The bad fat: Not a huge flaw but the cut of the lamb was quite fatty, so one of my ribs were 90% fat and it would’ve been nice if there was more flesh instead.
Middle Eastern Scramble (Spiced Scrambled Eggs, Garlic Sumac Yoghurt, Chilli Oil, Sujuk Sausage and Coriander Salad, Served with Turkish Bread and Walnut Butter) – $18.0
The good fat: Another delicious twist on standard eggs by adding in Middle Eastern flavouring. I enjoyed the chives and seasoning embedded in the scrambled eggs – except the texture of the scrambled eggs was quite packed and dense instead of the normal fluffiness of scrambled eggs. This meant that it had more of an omelette like texture and taste but it went nicely with the saltiness of the Sujuk sausage which was very tasty! The Turkish bread on the side was very interesting as instead of a common sourdough etc. it was dense, with almost a banana bread like texture and I quite liked how doughy it was.
The bad fat: Being a Middle Eastern egg dish, I wish there were stronger tomato/saucy aromas in it (perhaps mimicking a shakshuka style sauce) or a stronger hint of the chilli oil as it wasn’t strong enough to give a real punch. The egg itself wasn’t very flavoursome despite being titled chilli eggs, with chives being the predominating taste, and the tinges of saltiness I received were mostly from the sausage. The walnut butter and garlic sumac yoghurt are nice elements that could’ve played a stronger role in this overall combination.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
Yes – Definitely a place worth visiting with welcoming staff and unique, tasty food!