Sunday brought my last roller derby training for the year and also my last great excuse to catch up with my lovely friend Jade for a Sunday lunch this year.
Winter’s Cafe is a newly updated Pakington St cafe, which has fantastic seasonal menus. The crowds stream in You’ll be lucky to get a table during brunch/lunch hours on the weekend and the staff are attentive and lovely.
Being a month into our Australian summer I was excited to try the Summer Menu.
The cafe is light and welcoming, full of Christmas cheer, with their subtle but festive decorations. While perusing the menu I was taken aback by the many options that I would happy to have placed in front of me. This made making my lunch decision that hard.
Finally we both decided on our meals and ordered. The menu boasts a fantastic selection of Victorian and local wines, so a glass D’SAS Pinot Gris from the King Valley was a must.
Our meals arrive and I was overwhelmed with the selection of seafood I was confronted with. I ordered the seafood tasting plate which has smoked trout rillette, Morton Bay bug, garlic prawns and scallop ceviche with a light seasonal salad and accompaniments. I found that although there were no surprises on my plate, so it was exactly what I had ordered, that there was no reprieve from the taste of the ocean.
However each element was wonderfully cooked and dressed with perfectly paired flavours.
Jade had ordered the Rueben sandwich toasted in rye filled with corned beef, pickles, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and mild mustard served with beer battered chips and chipotle mayo.
She said it was absolutely delicious, she loves all those strong Eastern European flavours. Although she was surprised when the sandwich came out with rocket, as there was absolutely no mention of rocket, or even lettuce on the menu and she HATES rocket! Once she’d picked it all out and removed the top of the sandwich, making it easier to tackle, she said it was wonderful.
I was definitely excited about having an after lunch cake, and these ones right in the door way are perfect from drawing that out of customers. They looked fresh and plump sitting there just waiting to be nibbled on by their ravenous customers.
We decided to order the muffin on the right, I assumed it was raspberry and white chocolate and no one told us otherwise, so we ordered it. After a few bites of this delicious muffin we realised that it was actually strawberry, apple and white chocolate.
Any lunch with Jade is an enjoyable one, but the food really topped this one off. It was delicious and I’ve got my eye on a couple of other things on the menu, particularly some of the breakfasts!