The significant changes in Maylands has seen its café strip become more attractive. Many indie boutiques are budding in the area along with some of the bests brunch places in town. Of the lot, Mrs. S has been the talk of the town for a long time now. Coming here twice in last few weeks, I can easily tell why. The food has been great and its menu is not sterile of ideas. It has changed from my last visit but still keep favorites like the Granny J’s corn bread and the big breakfast on. But with toast and poached eggs so consistently done over here, it distinguishes itself well with its service.
Coming in late for brunch means we almost did not make it in time for their breakfast menu. Worried that we might miss out, the waiter made for us a makeshift table consisting of milk crates and magazine but promptly asked us to sit inside when a sit was available. Service win? Yes it was although it was the little darling that spotted the table first haha.
I previously came here and my sister ordered the passion fruit curd cake. A very lovely cake with a fruity curd in there. This time around, we ordered the lemon curd cake for $4.50 which was no lesser a cake. It still packed the same fruitiness I had before, this time around with a more citrusy touch. What kept me puzzled is their clotted cream. It was hard like half churned butter @@! It tasted fine nonetheless! Just a little hard to smear on the cake. Darling who was meant to have a taste ended up having most of it as I knew this was her sort of thing and ordered it more for her then myself :)!
The Fishman decided to have Granny J’s Corn Bread with the lot.
Granny Junes thick cornbread, bacon, poach eggs and real maple syrup! The bread is not your typical some bread as it felt a little crumbly to a certain extent and came filled with corn kernels. But the real beauty lies in its sponginess. It seems like the bread has absorbed a whole lot of the maple syrup poured onto the bread. The bacon and syrup on pancakes combination have been a tradition for certain people for a long time now and this for me was absolutely splendid. Having said that, I only had a mouth of this! Maybe I would get this the next time around :)!
Darling’s poached eggs on toast with bacon and herbed mushrooms with a side of relish $20.50. This was only a dollar cheaper compared to the big breakfast, but for the little darling, why waste when you know you cannot finish it. Her words are absolutely true. Her toast and poached eggs were well cooked but her bacon I thought, could be a little crispier. Mushroom looked perfectly cooked and as a whole it was cooked well. What surprised me was the fact that she had not used her relish. In a dish like that, relish is an immensely beautiful condiment to help bring all element on the plate together. The relish at Mrs. S is tangy and really is good. This I know because I happily finished whatever darling left on the plate haha.
My dish was full on vegetarian like what I had before at Mrs. S and there is absolute no regrets.
The beautiful mess of falafel, tatziki, pickled cabbage, rocket, brioche and fried eggs on flat bread toast for $19.60 is not what one would consider cheap. But considering that the trouble in preparing all the elements required more than just a pan and oil, this was well worth its price. The brioche was perfectly salted and the sourness of the pickled cabbage was just spot on. I loved the eggs as it did not feel rubbery and it all went well together. What I felt could have improved was the finesse of the falafel. The herbs in there felt a little too subtle. I wanted more, I wanted the fragrant and aroma of the spices. The cucumber yoghurt was OK but for me it just lacks the freshness being sat upon all the things which were served hot. Perhaps next time a served in a shot glass for the diner to pour it where deemed suitable? This definitely could have been better. For most parts of the dish, Mrs. S has got it right but because the falafel for me was an important part, this was definitely an average dish.
Full like a pig when we were finished. I was satisfied having nibbled at everyone’s dish but for me, my breakfast could definitely have been better. The cake for me was an absolute pleaser with a delicious curd in the centre. Darling’s breakfast was good but to me, felt a little too common. It not for the relish, it was really just a decent dish. Next time around, I would definitely come back for Granny June’s corn bread with the lot. For me, other than the curd cake, that was the highlight of my trip this time. Do not get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with Mrs. S, it serves up some pretty kickass breakfast but for me, I am just a little fussy!