It’s been a while since I visited Coode Street Cafe and we decided to give it another try based on their yummy looking Facebook pictures. As we walked in, it wasn’t very busy, but there was an array of lovely baked goods on the counter.
We ordered coffee while we perused the menu – the coffee was nice but not outstanding.
Looking at the menu, it didn’t really inspire me. I like a menu where I have to agonise over several choices, but the basic options plus a croque madame and a croque monsieur were not particularly to my taste. I discounted the croques due to my dairy intolerance, and arrived at the conclusion that it had to be the fruit on toast or the mushrooms on toast.
I went for the rhubarb and strawberries on fruit toast with ricotta (I am okay with ricotta – because it is casein-free). This was really nice, I loved the fruity flavours and serving it on fruit toast was a nice twist.
My partner chose the mushrooms on toast (without the feta), which again was a nice dish and tasty through to the last mouthful, but he commented that $20+ for mushrooms on toast was a little steep.
I think that with a few tweaks the menu could be amazing. Offer dairy free or vegan options would be great – no need to invent new dishes, but just variations to the existing dishes. Nuttelex instead of butter, coconut yoghurt instead of cream, non-dairy milks… it doesn’t take a lot. The menu could also do with a nice brisket and potatoes or savoury mince and egg dish – something hearty and tempting.
Maybe it’s just me and my dairy intolerance that have skewed my view of this cafe, I think they have a lot to offer, just a bit more thought over the menu would make it amazing. There’s no doubt that the cabinet goods looked great though – I just couldn’t try them due to the overwhelming butter/cheese/cream content.