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Published May 8th 2016
Outside looking in
I'd heard good things about Bambi's Kitchen on East Terrace so decided to pop in for an early lunch before a date at the Botanical Gardens. The cafe was relatively busy for 11:30 on a Friday morning with a couple of groups occupying the mismatched wooden sidewalk seating, but luckily there was a big round table inside calling my name. I found out later there was plenty more space upstairs which has views of the parklands across the street.
I was welcomed warmly and given two menus to peruse: breakfast & lunch. To drink I settled on a Green Juice ($7.50) which was a generous serve, had a delightful zingy freshness from the ginger and was well balanced in terms of sweetness. From the lunch menu I chose the sweet potato and lentil patties with house salads ($14). Both items took a while to come out but I was happy to wait if that meant it was all freshly made and cooked. The two patties had a nice soft texture with a good dose of spice and were topped with a dash of relish.The house salad was a bit disappointing to be honest, the leafy greens were a bit old, it only had red onion and a few pieces of tomato & pumpkin nestled under the fritters. A ring of pink rice circled the dish which lacked seasoning and could have done with a few other elements to enhance textures. Some salad dressing would not have gone astray. All in all a pleasant dish, but not great value in my opinion.
The Green Juice - $7.50
Sweet Potato and lentil patties - $14
The decor of the cafe is eclectic with hip, cosy vibes and lots of knick knacks dotted around. The staff were very friendly and quick to help customers, they even offer 10% off for students which is nothing to sniff at. Next time I'll pop in for a coffee and afternoon housemade sweet treat.