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Published November 6th 2016
Want a Cafe that is a Bit Different? Try Gooseberries
Nestled at the bottom of a fairly new block of units in Yokine, is Gooseberries Café. I have gone here several times before, however this time we went for lunch, instead of just dropping in for coffee and cake.
Although it is called Gooseberries, the Indonesian name on the wall is Arys Warung (Warung meaning café in Indonesian), and some of the meals are Indonesion inspired.
Arys Cafe known as Gooseberries
Basically this is a café that you would easily miss while driving down Blythe Avenue as it is totally walled off and very private. It is however, one that is worth stopping for and having a meal.
Don't be misled by appearances!
The chef, and half owner, Ary is a typical friendly Balinese guy, who always has a smile on his face, and is willing to explain his special dishes, which are well worth ordering. On this day, they were not too busy and he was on the counter and cooking, AND brought us our meals. The kitchen is not "out the back" like most, but in view of the cafe, which is something I really like to see when eating out.
Ary, chef and half owner showing a dessert
I have always looked at the Balinese Breakfast on previous visits, and this time I actually ordered it for lunch. At a cost of $19.50 it was quite a large meal and I was surprised at how good it was – tasty fried rice with free range chicken fillet pieces on sticks, a fried egg, and sambal plus another mild dipping sauce, with a tiny salad.
The Bali Breakfast
I combined most of the ingredients and carefully mixed it all up together, and although quite a large meal, I DID finish it, as I did not want to waste any of this delicious food.
My friend had the Martabak (typical Indonesian street food) which was a vegetarian home made Indonesian inspired veggie pattie, grilled and served on a bed of spinach, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and finished with yoghurt and sambal.
Martabak - typical Indonesian street food
This also cost $19.50 and the pattie was excellent with divine flavours throughout the meal.
I also had a watermelon crush which almost made me think I WAS actually in Bali, as it was presented in the same manner that they do in Bali, and was both refreshing and sweet, and ideal on a hot day!
The place itself has both inside and outside seating and the service was excellent. The decor is quite unusual and they have interesting art decorating many of the walls.
I have been there in winter and outside is way too cold, however on a hot summer day, I believe it will be nice and cool outside. It is very casual with lounges both inside and out, and it is totally screened off from the busy road, and set back off this road.
The menu has items like burgers on it as well as sandwiches, however because we knew the chef was Indonesian, we both chose Indonesian meals rather than ones you could get at most other cafes.
There are several all day breakfast meals, as well as some more which are served up until 11.30 am, and there are cakes displayed at the counter, including some of the RawGasm ones which are paleo, vegan, wheat free, egg free, dairy free, gluten free, and sugar free.
Some of the raw cakes on display
The prices were quite high, and Ary explained to us that they are about to get their Liquor License and will be opening for dinner as well as breakfast and lunch. He also showed us the proof of their new and exciting menu. The interesting thing about this was that Ary was very truthful, and told us that they had had a few complaints about the prices being too high, so on the new menu, many of the prices will be going down by about 25%. This in itself is most unusual, but Ary explained that there are a lot of pensioners living nearby and they cannot afford some of the things on the menu, and he and his partner did not want to exclude this section of the local community.
Ary also explained that they will be having a range of vegan, gluten free, vegetarian, and Paleo meals available with the new menu.
After we had finished our meal, Ary brought us this little gadget which he teasingly said to me was a candy! You put it in the water, it "grows" and it turns into a serviette – these are used in Bali and it was a nice finishing touch to the meals.
Dip in water and voila - a serviette!
I will definitely go back to sample some more Balinese dishes from the new menu as I find this a casual, pleasant place to be.
It is well worth a visit as the choice of foods is very varied. Another plus is that you can park right outside in a parking area off the street.
A WIN/WIN CAFE SITUATED AT 41/33 BLYTHE AVENUE, YOKINE!