PROSPECT ESPRESSO, CAMBERWELL: We were extremely excited to be invited to celebrate the new menu launch at Prospect, such a classic cafe in the Melbourne brunch scene. My first time at Prospect, the interior was smaller than I had imagined, but still garnered many customers throughout the time we were there on a Thursday lunch time. Located in such a convenient location a few seconds away from the Camberwell train station, Prospect Espresso did not fail to impress with its delicious coffees, instagram-worthy presentation of dishes and unique combination of complementing elements.
Corn and Halloumi Fritters w. Roasted Garlic Hummus, Quinoa Mix of Herbs, Lime Shallot Dressing, topped with Poached Egg) – $18.0 (+4.0 Avocado)
The good fat: This was our “healthy” option of the day – how can you go wrong with a vegetarian fritter and halloumi? The halloumi chips were sliced quite thin compared to what I’ve had before, but were golden and crispy on the outside, with similar external texture to the crunch of the fritters. I quite enjoyed how thin they were. The fritters were flavoursome on their own with individual kernels of corn just ever slightly present, and the graininess of the hummus just made it all the more delicious. I enjoyed the quinoa salad on the bottom, which formed a nice, tangy base.
The bad fat: Slightly one-dimensional there weren’t many strong flavours so the groundedness of the quinoa ended up dominating. A stronger acidic-type puree to complement the hummus could be an option. Being a fritter dish, one would expect them to be slightly bigger, or perhaps have more of an amount especially in comparison to the quantity of quinoa.
14 hour Smoked Beef Sanga (Sourdough, Grilled Jack cheese, Housemade Pickled Cabbage, Fried Egg and Chimichurri Sauce) – $20.0 (+$4.0 Bacon)
The good fat: 14 hours… naturally the beef just came apart easily when I slightly pried it with my fork. The fried egg and sourdough were delicious complements but the standout would definitely have to be the chimichurri sauce. A striking blend of vinegar, garlic, spices and parsley, the sauce just lifted the sandwich to a whole new level. It gave the rather plain beef a punchy kick that pervaded over everything to create a really mouthwatering sandwich that I wouldn’t hesitate ordering again!
The bad fat: Just looking at it makes you realise how near impossible it is to eat this like a proper sandwich… we had to eat it deconstructed so it would be thoughtful to try and make this more conveniently edible. The beef itself was bland, so a stronger marinade would give it a great seasoning, especially as the piece was quite thick.
Strawberry Lamington Hotcakes (White Chocolate Crumble, Toasted Almonds, Vanilla Mascarpone, Fresh Fruit and Raspberry Coulis)
The good fat: One of the best dessert brunch options I’ve ever tried! I was really surprised at how balanced everything was on this plate. The hotcake itself, despite being so thick, wasn’t dry at all and instead, deliciously moist, buttery, crumbly and slightly sweet. The raspberry coulis underneath added a juicy, sour sweetness whilst the vanilla mascarpone was just delicious! It was light and creamy, working superbly with the crumbly white chocolate and nuttiness from the toasted almonds. Not only was there a variety of different textures, the careful selection of these various accompanying additions made it an overall, refreshing, perfectly-balanced-sweet, and all round satisfying dessert to end our meal!
The bad fat: Maybe slightly thinner just for ease of eating… and why is a hotcake cold?
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – A convenient brunch cafe with quality coffees and a relaxed ambiance perfect for any occasion!