Are you more of a carnivore, omnivore or herbivore? I am definitely a omnivore learning towards a carnivore 😛 I do love my veggies but I still like some protein with my meal lol the only time when I’ll happily go vegetarian is when I have dessert for breakfast, lunch and dinner 😀 Which doesn’t happen as often you may think hehe ~
Anyhow, the reason why I asked this question is because yesterday for the very first time I visited a vegetarian and vegan friendly cafe Monk Bodhi Dharma for brunch with fellow blogger Peach Water ~ which is named after the 5th century Indian monk Bodhi Dharma.
I actually didn’t know it was a vegetarian cafe until we got there ~ I have read some good reviews about Monk Budhi Dharma and according to The Age Cafe guide it has a 5 cup rating, so I did have high expectations, which unfortunately wasn’t met. Jan and I got there at around noon and was very lucky to get the last table in the corner all to ourselves 🙂
Neither of us had breakfast so we were pretty famished, we had a quick look at the menu and immediately ordered drinks.
Peach Water got her signature hot chocolate, poor girl can’t have any strong coffees if not she can’t sleep 😦 But it’s okay ~ hot chocs can be just as good if not better 😛 Really liked the square cup they used, I had a sip too and thought it was a decent cup of hot chocolate, however, it didn’t really have the deep chocolate taste I like.
I don’t know why, but I didn’t feel like my usual mocha or latte… instead I went for a Soy Chai Latte 😛 something I’ve never really had hehe I occasionally have a chai but never with soy milk. This chai latte had very strong cinnamon notes and was relatively spicy, compared to the regular chai lattes I’ve had, I think it would have helped tone down the spiciness if they had added some honey.
We were pretty decisive and promptly chose the dishes we wanted for breakfast, but this was when the trouble started…we had to wait for a good half hour close to 45 minutes before we got our food. Jan got the Umagi mushrooms with polenta bread and goat cheese. The mushrooms were really tasty with a creamy sauce, but I found the goat cheese to be too pungent for my liking even though it was quite smooth ~ Neither of us liked the pumpkin, spinach and sun dried tomato polenta bread. I don’t think I’ve had polenta bread before, but found it really crumbly and really weird tasting.
The second issue was my sweet corn ricotta hotcakes…I’ve seen pictures of these hotcakes on some other bloggers posts and thought it looked great ~ I’m a bit crazy about pancakes, crepes and hotcakes lately, so I knew I wanted to try these. Even though it tasted alright, I liked the texture of the hotcakes, it was a little bit on the bland side and I found the cherry tomatoes to be very sour and the sour cream and pesto just didn’t match 😦 But the main problem we had was the long piece of hair in one of the hotcakes, we told the waiter, who apologised and said the kitchen will remake it. We waited for another half an hour before the same waiter came over again holding a raw piece of corn and said ‘we wanted to let you know, that it wasn’t a piece of hair, it was a corn beard, but yeah they’re remaking it now’. This didn’t make me feel comfortable, because I’m pretty sure we know the difference between a piece of hair and corn bread and they way he confronted me 😦
It then took them another 15 minutes before they delivered a new plate of sweet corn ricotta hotcakes, by then I wasn’t very hungry and only had one of the hotcakes.
Before we ordered our mains, I had persuaded Jan to share the raw apple pancakes as desserts, it was quite interesting with the raw cinnamon ice-cream and raw vanilla whipped cream both which I’ve never had before. It looks goods and I know Hannah (Wayfaring Chocolate) would love this type of desserts ~ but unfortunately, it really wasn’t my thing 😦 The apple pancakes were slightly burnt and you can really taste that ‘burnt’ flavour and were really dense and flavourless…while the raw cinnamon ice-cream had a really chalky taste and texture to it. We actually didn’t know it was cinnamon ice-cream until we reread the menu. I didn’t mind the vanilla whipped cream but it wasn’t what I was use to either, because it is a vegan dish they used coconut milk instead of regular milk. I thought the coconut overpowered the vanilla taste too much ~ It would’ve been a lot better if there were more maple syrup…but because service was so slow, we didn’t even bother asking for more 😦
I personally wasn’t impressed with the food here at Monk Bodhi Dharma, maybe it was just me and vegetarian and vegan food isn’t my thing…but I really can’t forgive them for their service and it was quite expensive…we spent $35AUD each for brunch…while I’m sure we can get better food and service elsewhere.
Unfortunately, I can’t say that I will return to Monk Bodhi Dharma anytime soon…but I know Mr Bao is really interested in trying the coffee so may be we will… just hope the service is more efficient next time.