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Published July 21st 2016
Exceptional cafe inspired by The Grounds
As word of mouth recommendations have flourished in the era of technology, I have been delighted to experience a variety of cafes. The latest venture was to the Flower Child cafe.
The cafe was comfortably located inside Westfield Chatswood on Level 3 above the newly renovated Hawker lane food court. As another popular brunch spot, the cafe was overflowing with customers, the lucky ones getting a seat inside the cafe which was beaming with natural lighting. We were fortunate enough to get a seat within 15 minutes on a busy Thursday morning.
Accompanied by a friendly face to our seat, we were seated in the corner of the cafe with a fantastic view of the entire leafy interior. The ambience, though bustling with people, was generally inviting and calming because of the overhanging flora.
One of my friends chose the classic bacon and egg burger whilst another one of my friends settled on the ocean trout bagel. The food arrived rather swiftly despite the busy demand. I received a generous amount of the Flower Child tabbouleh. Almost immediately regretting the lack of meat in my dish, I hesitantly started eating. Though there was an obvious element missing to my tastebuds, I enjoyed my dish thoroughly as it was grinning with health benefits.
The grilled haloumi was perhaps the highlight of the dish, providing the solitary salty flavour. The ocean trout bagel was beautifully presented in a pristine plate with the ocean trout tartare on the side of the bagel. Having never tried ocean trout tartare and believing it to be sashimi, I tried a little bite of my friend's dish, not sure what to expect.
Ocean Trout Tartare Bagel $21
I was a little taken aback as the sight of the tartare did not match with my taste receptors, which found it to be very odd. The bacon and egg burger had rave reviews from my other friend.
Bacon and Egg Burger $19
The french toast was the last thing to devour and I was so pleased by this dish. It was perfectly flavoured by banana mascarpone and butterscotch sauce with an assortment of nuts sprinkled on the french toast. The french toast was both soft in the middle and a little crunchy at the first bite. I was very happy by this dish and would definitely return for this sweet and balanced french toast.
The cafe staff were very bubbly and friendly with our orders and were very efficient in the busy times. It was overall a very pleasant brunch experience, with the definite highlight being the sweet and perfectly made french toast.