ST ROSE CAFE, ESSENDON: I just can’t seem to get enough of the brunch group behind No. 19 Society and all its sister cafes that are now rapidly monopolising the North side of Melbourne and turning it into a super trendy, cafe hotspot with its own suite of unique flavours and delicious breakfast combinations. St Rose Cafe, much like No. 19 Society in Ascot Vale and Pinkie in Ivanhoe, have similar menus but each has never failed to disappoint. The main thing on our list today? Definitely the oreo cookie taco. So read on to find out more about how on earth we had a dessert taco for breakfast!
The good fat: Starting off with a powerful brekky dish in the chilli scramble and ndujia sausage, it was definitely a wake-up call for the morning before my flight! The scramble was tender, dotted with salted ricotta inside, and the chef definitely wasn’t stingy with the chilli. The toughness of the ndujia sausage was definitely a great complement. Feeling like a refreshing bowl to contrast the chilli, we opted for the sushi bowl. The few sparse slices of tataki salmon, on a bed of soft flavoursome brown rice made every mouthful like a soothing wave of calm and wholesomeness for the soul.
Now to our epic finale, the oreo taco! The dessert itself features an oreo-inspired cookie crumble whipped within a smooth, cream cheese filling – an absolute favourite of ours! The sandwich/taco shell is made from in fact a chocolate pancake, so it was a soft cake-like texture rather than being a crunchy cookie. To make it even better, the caramel like sauce and crumble surrounding it gave it that perfect texture contrast. Definitely happy to have tried such an innovative brunch item from St Rose before it starts storming its way through Melbourne!
The bad fat: Some fruit and berries dotted around the chocolate taco would be great for colour and refreshingness.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – Essendon might not be the first suburb you think of when you hear Melbourne brunch but St Rose is certainly one of my favourite spots in Melbourne now – and really made it a perfect option to end my Melbourne brunching/Instagram journey of 2018.
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2wofatgirls would like to thank St Rose for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.