TORPE CAFE, ARMADALE: Torpe Cafe is a relative newcomer to the Melbourne brunch scene and has a few dishes up its sleeve that can impress a frequent brunch-goer. Towards the quieter, suburban area of Armadale, Torpe Cafe makes for a convenient brekky stop or catch up for locals, with a menu that also easily caters for vegans. Make sure you don’t go past the peanut butter pancakes!
The good fat: The highlight of our breakfast was the peanut butter pancakes, not at all too sweet, despite the salted caramel sauce. You can imagine each dollop of that aromatic, creamy and salty peanut butter swirl going into the pancake batter to produce such a heavenly pancake. The coyo chocolate icecream was another specialty – being coyo (coconut-based vegan yoghurt), neglected to melt, leaving us free to chat and slowly work out way through the mains before ending on this dessert.
The shakshuka was a surprising combo of yumminess! Seemingly quite a simple list of ingredients in the menu, with an option of adding meat if required, the capsicum and tomato had been baked to a delightfully mushy and soft consistency.
The bad fat: The fact that I always seem to dislike the “healthy bowls” is probably an indication of how unhealthy my ideal diet is… nevertheless, whilst the wok tossed greens and quinoa had a slight soy-sauce like flavour, the rest of the elements, like the beetroot hummus and pumpkin were a little lackluster. The mustard-based sauce on the side was too overpowering with that spicy mustard tone and didn’t really work well with the lightness of everything else. Probably not the best sauce blend for a salad dish.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
Yes – A simple, cosy cafe, Torpe Cafe seems to fit the role of your local go-to cafe for those in the Armadale/Kooyong area but it does have a bit of polishing here and there before capitalising on its full potential.
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2wofatgirls would like to thank Torpe Cafe for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.