It's always nice to stumble on a small, local cafe. You don't have to fight for a seat and you receive some lovely service.
Mockingbird Cafe and Patisserie lies on St Georges Rd, a corner near some of the shops, so it attracts some local passers-by.
Once I dropped by for coffee and was excited to find an extensive list of European hot chocolate flavours to try, from chilli to tiramisu and mint. We managed to try the banana and white chocolate. Personally I prefer white chocolate as it also came with hazelnut pieces.
Another time we were eager to try the brunch menu. The menu serves some hearty classics, and I went with one that was pretty much a big breakfast, although I can't remember the exact name! Of course, it was big and filling with the essentials such as egg, bacon and mushrooms.
Other classics included baked eggs and a mushroom omelette. As a nice local cafe, it wasn't loud and it provided a comfy atmosphere to sit and chat. The decor included some lovely lamps hanging from the ceiling and a nice little image of a mockingbird tree behind the counter.
We even ordered another dish to share, a classic Eggs Benedict with extra mushrooms, which looked perfect and was delicious with the smoked salmon. I was a bit worried as it was nearly (or already) past the breakfast time indicated on their menu, but the waitresses didn't even give it a second thought.
Almost as if we were buying the whole shop, we went to look at their desserts display cabinet. This was actually a completely separate cabinet to the usual one at the front that had sandwiches, cakes, macarons and cookies.
This cabinet was solely dedicated to cakes. The waitress informed us that the vanilla slice is quite a hit, and it did look large and enticing, as well as a large lemon tart.
There were not many of other cakes left as it was late in the day and we ended up with the last caramel cheesecake with a hazelnut base. It provided a crunch with its top sprinkled with nuts, whilst the remainder of the cake was smooth and sweet.
If you're interested, the cafe also provides catering, with details provided on their Facebook page. Their page also indicates the introduction of gelato (I'm not sure if this is permanent) and bubblegum macarons, which look delicious!
Bubblegum macarons in the making - image courtesy of their Facebook.