Syndicate Room

SYNDICATE ROOM, SANDRINGHAM: Such a trek out from the city to reach this newly opened brunch cafe in Sandringham down near the coastal regions of Melbourne. On the busy Bay Road, Syndicate Room is quite a small area, but its white walls, high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows facing the natural light give it a great spacious touch. At first glance, their menu is peppered with a wonderful array of healthy options incorporated into standard brunch dishes. Not only this, they have a great selection of unique and interesting flavoured drinks – altogether presented in the most stunning and creative ways possible! But it’s not just about the aesthetic, as Syndicate Room does not fail to deliver on taste at all.

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Our visually striking brunch for two ❤

Beetroot Latte – $7.0 

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First time trying a purple hot drink 🙂

The good fat: There is something magical about this drink that just tastes better after each sip – you can never get sick of it! At first sip, it’s a little reminiscent of the spiciness you experience from chai lattes, but then the after taste is quite different. It pulls back to a slightly sweet, and subtle lingering taste that’s just delicious, and not to mention healthy! If you’re a fan of chai lattes, then definitely try this!

The bad fat: Nothing!

Fat-o-meter: 5/5

Nutella Hot Chocolate w. Marshmallows, Chocolate and Macaron – $6.0

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Imagine the amazed look on our faces when the waiter brought this over!

The good fat: Who’s ever seen such a decorated hot chocolate? Complete with Ferrero Rocher, marshmallows and macarons, this hot chocolate was just visually stunning the moment we laid eyes on it. I think I was so distracted by how great it looked the taste was just rich and perfect for me – a portion size enough not to be too sweet.

The bad fat: The chocolate inside the drink started to harden up so it was a bit difficult to drink.

Fat-o-meter: 4.5/5

Syndicate Breakfast Board (Zucchini and Corn Fritters, Ham and Cheese Tortilla, Avocado, Beetroot Puree, OJ and Mini Acai Bowl) – $18.0 (+ $5.0 for mushrooms)

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Just love the purple dots of beetroot puree around the border

The good fat: The best thing about the board would definitely have to be the fritters! Wow I just loved them – crisp and oily on the outside, wedged in between chunks of smooth avocado… they were perfect in texture and taste especially when you dipped a bit of it into the beetroot puree. I love the way they’ve managed to use beetroot so well in their dishes – the puree was flavoursome and slightly grainy, going perfectly with the fritters! The OJ was fresh and sweet. Another highlight would be the added mushrooms – not only were there a combination of different ones, they were cooked to such a perfect texture that they just melted in the mouth.

The bad fat: I was a bit disappointed with half of the board – the ham and cheese tortilla was incredibly standard. The tortilla was dry and hard to bite through, and the filling was bare and ordinary. I was very surprised by the green colour of the acai bowl as I had assumed it would be purple from the colour of the berries. In reality, it tasted simply like a green smoothie with a few chunks of deliciously crunchy granola but I couldn’t really distinguish it from the smoothies we had. The board would be much more stunning if they replaced the tortillas with larger fritters (as it was quite small) and a mushroom main instead.

Fat-o-meter: 3.5/5

Taro Pancake (Housemade Cherry Ice Cream, Raspberry Coulis, Mango Compote, Matcha Soil, Crushed nuts, Oreos, Candied lime, Fresh berries) – $20.0

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I’ve never seen something so stunningly presented before!

The good fat: Having been to quite a few brunch places in Melbourne now, I’ve experienced my fair share of plating aesthetics but nothing is comparable when you have something like Syndicate Room’s taro pancakes. A stunning stack of warm, moist and chewy pancakes rested gently on a bed of cookie crumble encircled by fresh, sweet and juicy mangoes, berries, this dish is an absolute must order! Not to mention, the purple ice cream on top gave a deliciously refreshing, slightly icier texture compared to normal ice cream, adding the perfect combination of moisture to the pancakes. A touch of sweetness also came from the raspberry coulis. The fresh fruits were also a delicious complement! The taro was very subtle, providing a subtle earthy aftertaste.

The bad fat: Wish the matcha was more visible in the crumble soil because that would make it the perfect Asian fusion brunch!

Fat-o-meter: 4.5/5

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Blue Heaven (berries and chia seeds) + Green Planet Smoothie (complete with spirulina algae which is a very popular, current health trend!)

SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?

YES – An elegant new brunch cafe with creative, healthy dishes in a beautiful suburban district

FAT-O-METER: 4.5/5

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