A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published July 7th 2016
Cinderella, Pumpkin & Spice
On a chilly winter afternoon in the tranquil suburb of Oatley, my friend and I became princesses for a while as we brunched at a pretty little homeware palace along Mulga Road. No pumpkin carriages but there are robes that are soft to the touch, sweetly scented candles, a sea of cute things to take home, and somewhere sit and indulge in coffee and all the pumpkin you want.
Mulga Road, on which you'll find this cafe store entitled Edmonds & Greer, is tucked away in a peaceful pocket of nature. It felt like quite the retreat from it all in this neck of the woods. Well, until we got to the cafe and saw the inside was just bustling, each table taken. Although cold outside, friendly staff came to the rescue, offering us a seat beside a gas heater and the option of wrapping ourselves up in soft doonas to keep it cosy.
Coffee sure didn't go astray in such climate. I ordered a Mocha ($4.50) while my friend went for a Cappuccino ($4), both coming complete with pretty little froth art in the form of a fern that added to the visual feast here. If you're a fiend for cafe aesthetics however, the interior has way more to feast your eyes on. My smooth cuppa with its fragrance of chocolate was just right, and helped me stay warm and fuzzy as we brunched. P.s. It could have been a feather.
In the mood for a healthier, lighter meal, we both went for one of Edmonds & Greer's veggie options. My friend went for The Superfood vege patch bowl ($20) that looked like the epitome of 'taste the rainbow' and had an array of nutrient rich goodies. Think roasted pumpkin, coconut, kale, and beetroot and chickpea hummus, among other fresh flavours. I've earmarked this colourful vegan dish for next time.
The minds behind the menu seem to have a soft spot for Cinderella, and of course her pumpkin, which I guess is only fitting considering the cafe is at one with a store full of whimsical little things that'll add a dash of fairytale to your home. You actually can eat Cinderella Pumpkin ($18) if your heart so desires, or at least, one take on it involving a pumpkin rosti with poached egg, avocado and mint for extra freshness. Get in before midnight, I mean midday, for this breakfast special.
I went for Cinderella's Sandwich ($12.50). Fresh, healthy, gourmet ingredients, not forgetting pumpkin, were snuggled between slices of harvest grain bread. Spinach contributed a serve of greens, onion jam a tantalizing sweetness, and feta a crisp savoury contrast to this. Added to by a layer of hummus, the beautiful blend of flavours was one to be relished, with the sandwich leaving me beautifully satisfied. Quite the elegant creation.
Speaking of elegant, just wait until you venture into the seasonal emporium next door. Really, the collection seems to change with the weather. The 'pretty in pink' front seen on my last visit has been snowed under by a white winter theme cast across the assortment - and it's quite the assortment! You're bound to find something for the stepmother, whether it's a vintage telephone, a status anxiety purse, or one of many pieces of jewellery and handmade soaps, if you want to play it safer.
It doesn't stop here either. Just when you thought you thought you've seen all there is to this wonderland, wander one door along Mulga Road to find the Edmonds & Greer designer boutique. Acquire a fancy new dress, spice it up with one of their glamourous accessories, and farewell Oatley with all of your Cinderella grounds covered.