Published on March 14th, 2015 | by Ultimate OmNoms0
Sometimes I get really excited about a place that I just want to blog straight away. Open Table is one of them.
If you follow us on Instagram you’ll know that actually some places don’t make it on the blog. Other times, you’ll get an influx of photos on your feed just because we’re so excited about it.
I first found out about Open Table through a fellow food blogger Amy at My Dining Journey. I knew I had to go sometime! Ellerslie is a bit of a drive for me and most of my friends for a usual brunch but I was lucky to have friends who are food crazy enough to go along with me 🙂
It reminded me a lot of my local Belmont Little & Friday before it got really popular. A local cafe in the middle of a residential suburb. If you drive past, you wouldn’t think twice about it – there’s no prominent sign and it’s not accompanied by a line of shops either.
Spiced fish cakes – tomato sauce/ sauteed silverbeet/ poached egg/ hollandaise/ fried potato
It was hard to narrow down to ordering one thing on the menu – everything seemed so appealing from baked ricotta to three cheese macaroni. It isn’t your typical eggs benny type brunch menu. We ordered three items on the menu with a promise to share (secretly as a backup plan if it didn’t hit the spot).
Luckily my fish cakes was my favourite. The fish cakes were so full of flavour and spices, and went well along with the different textures of sauteed silverbeet and fried potato – which was not chunky potato as expected but literally pieces of potato chips. Yum!
The salmon was too salty on its own and should have been eaten with the rice and pickled vegetables. A simple and clean dish that could be good if you didn’t want anything heavy for brunch. The skirt steak with tortillas were ahh-mazing and I like that you make your own tortillas so you can stuff as much or as little. I wish it came with more wraps though!
I’m so happy I found this gem of a cafe in Ellerslie. I was expecting good food but it was even better than what I had hoped for. Unlike other trendy cafes which are experimental with their flavour combinations, you’ll understand everything on the menu. Extra points for having Little Island ice cream to finish with. In love with the coconut flavour!
Ph: 09 525 6109
62 Michaels Avenue