Established in 2016, Karma and Crow, located on Richmond Road in Richmond, offers a wide range of cafe food, many of which have an Asian influence to them. The menu reflects what is currently in season, so the dishes offered can vary slightly depending on when you choose to visit.
Their Blue Swimmer Crab Scrambled Eggs had a delightfully fluffy texture and there was enough blue swimmer crab meat to make eating it a satisfying experience. The gochujang butter spread on the slice of toast imparted a bit of a spicy taste to the dish which was enhanced by the addition of curry leaves. A salad of green beans and coriander provided an element of freshness with a hint of spiciness from the chilli.
Blue Swimmer Crab Scrambled Eggs on Toast (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
A nice twist for those used to French Toast featuring sweet ingredients, the sticky pork belly in the Savoury French Toast was cooked just right, with the peanut nam jim giving the dish an Asian flair. The pork belly was nicely partnered by the nashi chutney and we were delighted that the bean sprouts topping the dish did not taste raw. For those wanting something more filling, a fried egg can be added for an extra cost.
Savoury French Toast (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The poached eggs in their Field Breakfast were cooked to perfection, with nice savoury bacon. The slices of avocado were of a generous size and the roasted cherry tomatoes were very juicy. Dukkah sprinkled over the dish provided some crunch.
Field Breakfast (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those that feel they cannot finish the main dish version of the Smokey Eggplant and Sweet Potato Dumplings, this dish can be ordered as a side to accompany your meal. The skin of the dumplings was soft and the combination of eggplant and sweet potato gave them its distinctive flavour. They were dressed with a chilli mushroom dressing to impart a spicy taste that should be suitable for most tastes.
Smokey Eggplant and Sweet Potato Dumplings (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Aside from the dishes on their main menu, the café also has various pastries for those that desire a quick eat. The crust of the Peach and Raspberry Tart was not too hard and the peach and raspberries still retained a bit of firmness. The slight tartness of the raspberries helped to balance out the sweetness of the peaches.
Peach and Raspberry Tart (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The texture of the Choc Walnut Brownie was that typical of American Brownies, though it was notably slightly lighter than normal. The degree of chocolate flavour was good and the walnuts provided a bit of crunch. We thought it would be more delicious if some whipped cream was offered on the side to help cut through the richness.
Choc Walnut Brownie (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The décor of the café gave it a rustic and airy feel. This café also stocks various products made by local producers for customers to purchase.