SARDI CAFE, HAWTHORN: Sardi Cafe is your classic, neighbourhood Melbourne cafe in Hawthorn – brightly lit, cosy and small, yet serving up some colourful, aesthetic and delicious meals that make for a perfect brunch catch up with friends or family. The highlight would have been the peanut butter pancakes – which are an absolute MUST for peanut butter lovers (like me!) and are the latest addition to their Melbourne spring brunch menu.
The good fat: I’ve been loving my mushroom brunches these days, and the huge king oysters, crispy enoki and truffle oil on Sardi’s sauteed wild mushrooms lived up to my expectations. It was eclectic to see the crispy polenta soldiers as a side, rather than a standard sourdough slice and this certainly added the satisfying crunchy texture complementing the earthy aroma of the mushrooms and truffle.
The nourish bowl was dressed in a light, sesame-styled dressing that was quite fragrant when it was soaked into the quinoa at the bottom, allowing the rest of the fresh veggies to preserve their healthy lightness.
Peanut butter pancakes. YUM! These hit the mark for me as a HUGE peanut butter fan (a huge as in, I can eat the whole tub-kind-of-girl). The buttermilk pancakes were moist and soft, such fluffy mouthfuls of deliciousness that weren’t too sweet at all with the light caramel sauce and saltiness of the peanut butter.
The bad fat: I would’ve loved something extra in the nourish bowl – as aside from the sauce, it was pretty much a bowl of cooked quinoa with some raw veggies… something that I could easily put together at home with simplicity. Whilst the peanut butter pancakes were SO delicious, just to make it go an extra mile, it could have featured a bit more crunch with extra helpings of Reese’s peanut butter cups, or nuts themselves as the moist, soft texture became very predominant especially towards the end when it became a bit soggy.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – Despite a few hits and misses, If I was around in Hawthorn, then Sardi Cafe is a lovely cosy spot to come for a spot of Melbourne flavours – and the mushroom + pancakes would be my go-to.
CHECK OUT SARDI CAFE’S WEBSITE HERE: https://sardicafe.com.au/menu/
2wofatgirls would like to thank Sardi Cafe for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration