It seems like new cafes are always popping up in Melbourne and even though I go out for brunch a lot, I don’t seem to be able to catch up and my ‘wishlist’ just keeps growing! But that’s not necessarily a bad thing hehe because I love trying out new places and it’s an added bonus when I’m meeting new people!
Through blogging, I have been so lucky to meet up with so many other bloggers and it’s always nice to meet my ‘kind’ of people and finally put a face to a blog! I’ve been following the blog Brunch Addict for quite some time now, they’re reviews are always honest, informative and accurate :)
There are two contributors on Brunch Addict, Mr LB and Ms SL, they’re such a cute couple ~ after lots of conversations through Twitter, we finally decided to meet up ~ Ms SL is the brunch queen, so I left it up to her to choose the cafe she wanted to check out. She chose Gardiner and Field, the brand new cafe that opened up just last week in Armadale :)
Even though Gardiner and Field is new to the cafe scene, owners Nick and Jess are definitely not new to the cafe industry, Nick had previously worked at The Maling Room, while Jess had worked and 30 Mill Espresso before starting their own cafe ~ Having said that though, it probably wasn’t the best idea to visit Gardiner and Field on their first weekend of opening.
We had organised to meet up at 11:30 am, I got there just before that time and found there were already quite a few people waiting outside, I immediately, placed my name down on the list and waited patiently. Ms SL and Mr BL arrived shortly, we thought a table of 3 would be relatively easy to find. However, the cafe had small fittings inside and only had a few tables available, they did have a strip of seats outside facing the road. Staff were genuine and friendly, but this did not help with the wait, eventually we waited for one hour before we got a table for 3 outside facing the road. It was a little weird sitting outside facing the road and not enough other, but we weren’t going to complain because by then we were hungry and simply wanted to sit down :)
Service was a little slow to start off with, where we waited for another couple of minutes before someone gave us the menu and take our orders for coffee. But once the order was placed, it came out in a timely manner ~ Ms SL started off with a double espresso :) which she seemed to enjoy ~ while Mr LB lived up to his name and ordered a Long Black, sorry forgot to take a photo of it, but he also seemed to like it :)
I got my signature Mocha ~ however, was a little disappointed, it was very watery and weak, I could barely taste any coffee or chocolate… I would have liked it a lot more if it had more pronounce flavours.
Ms SL made a little squeal when she found the milkshake flavours they offered – Cherry Ripe, Snickers, Maltersers and Bounty! I immediately flipped the menu to the last page and couldn’t help but grin! I simply HAD to order one of these milkshakes! I was tossing between the Cherry Ripe or the Maltersers, but decided to go for the Cherry Ripe as it was more unique hehe. I think they nailed the taste quite well because it really tasted like Cherry Ripe and most importantly it didn’t have that horrid cough syrup aftertaste, some cherry drinks do. Ms SL immediately knew she wanted the Snickers milkshake and was so kind to let me try it :) and it was amazing just like drinking Snickers and the best part was the little peanut bits in the milkshake ~ I’m definitely coming just for the milkshakes! I want to try the Bounty one next time :D
Moving onto the food, they had a nicely sized menu with the specials on a different piece of paper, it was a little unique though with dishes like broad bean, pea, mint and feta mash or pulled lamb flat bread ~ this was quite exciting as it can get a bit boring to see the same or similar dishes served at different cafes., Mr LB ordered the Spiced Lamb Burger served with chips, I was a little surprised to see two sliders instead of one large burger, as I saw another customer have the large burger. We later found out, it was because they had run out of burger buns and were forced to use mini ones. Even though, servings were a little small, both Mr LB and Ms SL really liked the lamb burgers :) I don’t eat lamb so didn’t try the burgers but the chips served were soooooo fresh, crispy and amazing! We think it may have even been double fried ~ YUM! Would like to say a special thank you for Mr LB to take this photo.
Ms SL and I had our eyes on this dish :) but I didn’t want to order the same thing because it would be nice to try more things, so Ms SL decided she’ll order it as she felt like something sweet ~ The use of a tortilla provided it an interesting texture that was slightly chewy and denser than crepes. I’ve actually never had a sweet tortilla in my life hahaha and this was the first time :) and was really surprised at how well everything goes with each other ~ I think I’m gonna have this as dessert next time I come for brunch ~
I felt quite adventurous that day and decided to get something totally unusual for me :) Spiced Quinoa, pumpkin and chickpea fritters served on a pice of tortilla and poached eggs. I think another reason why I got this dis was because I have been craving quinoa and didn’t want to make it myself, so this was the perfect chance ~
The fritters were a little hard to eat, as they were quite soft and when you put your fork in they would crumble, despite that they were full of flavour and the cumin provided strong Middle Eastern flavours ~ also served on a piece of tortilla or was it flatbread? LOL I can’t tell the difference sometimes :P
My verdict – it was super nice to meet Ms SL and Mr LB in person and I would love to do it again :) it was also nice to try a brand new cafe, but there are definitely areas that need to be worked on. But I believe once Gardiner and Field works these issues out they’re gonna flourish and may become the next ‘IT’ cafe :P
I’m going to give it a couple more weeks or even a month before I return to give them time to ease into things and work out some of the issues ~ but I’m definitely coming back for the milkshakes and want to try these hand made sweet goodies!
PS. They only take cash, so remember to go the ATM before coming here :)