A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published June 6th 2018
Featuring pink lattes and edible gardens
Bello is one of those Sydney cafes with wow-factor where you'll find yourself "ordering off the Insta". I'm sure many of us can relate to the social media scroll on the train or wherever it may be, and stopping to hover and drool over a colourful latte, or aesthetic snap of #smashedavo served on a board.
Tbh ('to be honest' in digital lingo), this is how I came to add this Burwood cafe to my foodie bucket list, and make the worthwhile trip to find it. Fortunately, it was one of those cafes where the food was served as stunningly as the pictures portrayed. I know the heart-sinking feeling when it just doesn't make the cut for your 'gram. We eat with our eyes first after all.
Find this cafe with a whimsical menu on the Burwood Rd entrance to Westfield Burwood. Until under a year ago, locals knew the cafe for its humble sandwiches and burgers, as manager Tania explained. However, it was time to undergo a menu makeover that would be a visual feast with wow-factor. This was the goal, and it's blossomed into a great success. Don't worry, good burgs are still under the spotlight.
To start, the colourful lattes were a must - pink for rose and purple for taro. No, it wasn't just the filter, these hot frothy drinks were fluro IRL ('in real life'). Garnished with edible flowers, these lattes were a delight to drink. The Red Velvette flavour is on my list for next time.
I have a feeling that the Bello menu will win over most, if not all, foodie hearts. There is a delicious work of art for all palates, whether that be a snack like the American style buffalo wings with blue cheese sauce and celery ($19) or truffle fries ($14), or something fresh from the sea like the 'Poke Me' with salmon and tahini ($28).
Or you could choose your favourite season of 'Burger Episodes', with flavour from start to finish ensured. Season three, complete with beef patties coated in cheese fondue, sounded finger-licking good. Meanwhile, season four sounded like a spicy and flavoursome taste adventure, complete with chicken, slaw, spicy crumbed pickles, honey and matcha dust. What?! I'm drooling just thinking about this.
I did on this occasion decide to go for a 'healthier' alternative before digging into (literally) a decadent dessert. Off the list of brekkie foods, featuring plenty of mandatory avocado, I got the 'avo buns' - i.e. smoked salmon, capers, dill, fresh veggies, and an added poached egg, sandwiched between ripe and creamy halves of a decent-sized avo, garnished with edible flowers.
Avo buns, rose latte, and cheesy toasted sandwich with crinkled chips
So, yes, to clarify, I did in fact mean 'digging' into our dessert. Pictured at the top is Bello's infamous, and probably most Instagrammable dish: the 'Edible garden' ($23). I had never seen anything like this combination of pudding, chocolate soil and rocks, strawberries, and sprouts that added a real earthy taste. It was delicious and the texture mimicked all the different things you may find in your garden, if you were to eat a handful from it. Not that I've tried dirt, but it'd probably feel something like this, just maybe not as sweet. The only addition to this heavenly dish that I suggested was serving a small potter's shovel to eat it with. This is definitely a must-try!
So, be sure to scope out this Burwood gem. Sit back and unwind in one of the booths in this cosy high-ceiling cafe, and allow Bello's friendly, attentive staff to show you their beautiful Insta-worthy food - complete with dazzling flavour.