TURNING POINT, RIPPONLEA: A new cafe replacing Hawk and Hunter, Turning Point is freshly designed, complete with a full wine cabinet, a wall-spanning neon “Meet Me Here” sign, and not to mention, a projector display showing the latest Disney cartoons guaranteed to entertain the kids. Our two savoury dishes were thoroughly impressive – at a point where brunch dishes have become quite meshed together, the Truffle Scramble and Eggs Benny left lasting impressions in my mind and palate! This was perhaps our most polarising experience, as the watermelon salad sweet dish was simply disappointing. Regardless, if you order the right things – this cafe is definitely a must-try.
Truffle Scramble (Truffle Scrambled Eggs on Toasted Brioche w. Buxton Smoked Trout, Yarra Valley Caviar and Herb Creme Fraiche) – $22.0 (+ $5.0 Chorizo)
The good fat: With such a deluxe combination of ingredients, how can you go wrong? Truffle, seafood, eggs – 3 of my favourite ingredients this egg dish was divine. The eggs were fluffy and soft, and the trout was the perfect seafood complement with the truffle. Biting to reach the puffy, thick brioche at the bottom gave an ideal blend of textures. The caviar were like little jewels of seafood freshness.
The bad fat: For some reason the truffle wasn’t as aromatic in this dish compared to usual. The herb creme fraiche was a bit lost underneath the strong earthy tones of everything else and our added chorizo instead gave it a nice salty kick – this could’ve come from a more powerful sauce.
Eggs Benny (Braised Beef Brisket Potato Hash w. Poached Eggs, Wilted Spinach and Hollandaise) – $19.5 (+$4.0 Avocado)
The good fat: Wow! This was deceptively delicious. I definitely did not expect 2 almost black cubes in front of me when an eggs benedict was the order. The pulled brisket with potato was absolutely delicious. Strips of beef tore away tenderly, braised in a flavoursome marinade, little chunks of soft potato inside added an ever so slight contrast. The eggs were poached perfectly, and the spinach gave a lovely, smooth and silky touch. My favourite eggs benedict by far – who would’ve thought to skip sourdough altogether and use potato as the main carb?
The bad fat: More hollandaise.
Nice Cream and Watermelon (Banana and Raspberry Nice cream, Fresh Watermelon Salad and Dehydrated Fruits) – $17.5 (+$2.0 Goji Berries, Strawberries)
The good fat: One of the most beautiful dishes I’ve ever seen – the 3D nature of the tower, with colourful fruits and purple nice cream was quite stunning and I was so eager to try this as soon as it arrived on our table. It was a refreshing dish for a hot day!
The bad fat: This should definitely be more so marketed as a salad – with the limited amount of nice-cream, that merely tasted like a rather bland, slightly thicker-than-normal smoothie, it really should not take the same weight on the menu as other options. The majority of the plate was just watermelon and paying close to $20 for a plate of pretty watermelon would not make me a happy bruncher… Considering the visual appeal was so striking, it was devastating to realise the actual mundanity and meagreness of this dish with every bite.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – This really would’ve been one of my favourite brunch places if I hadn’t ordered the Watermelon nice-cream (with a stunner sweet dish I wouldn’t have hesitated giving 5/5)
CHECK OUT TURNING POINT HERE: https://www.turningpointripponlea.com/
2wofatgirls would like to thank Turning Point for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration