The sweet potato, spinach and feta muffin was perfect: it was big enough to feed a family, the chunks of feta were as big as a Cadbury Crème Egg, it was toasted just enough to create a slight crust, it was moist, chock full of flavour and came with a package of quality butter. At $4.50 it was also value for money.
It was a spur of the moment decision to drop into Mrs S, sitting unobtrusively on the corner of Whatley Crescent opposite the Maylands train station. My morning plans had fallen through and I thought 'I might take my three year old and one year old out for morning tea'. Silly me.
Mrs S is child-friendly in that there are high chairs, babycinos, and the menu is pegged inside Little Golden Books. The books provided a welcome distraction while waiting for our morning tea: the three year old looked at the pictures while the one year old ate the menu. It wasn't a long wait, and the staff were very friendly.
Yet Mrs S is one of those places I would like to go to without children. As I imagine the rest of customers also wished. It is a relatively small room, and although the high ceilings and retro fitout make it feel relaxed and comfortable, there is a large communal table in the middle of the room, which doesn't leave a lot of space for prams or high chairs.
It's the type of place you could while away a couple of hours with a good cup of coffee, some cake and some interesting conversation.
It is unpretentious and has seriously delicious food. A serve of lumberjack cake was warmed and dished with a small splodge of cream. It was moist and full of flavour from the crispy, caramelised coconut to the large chunks of soft apple.
Lumberjack is a rustic cake, it tastes better than it looks
I am pretty sure I could have ordered any of the myriad cakes, muffins and slices displayed temptingly on the counter and been happy with my choice. The breakfast menu (what was left of it after the baby ate half of it) also looked inviting.
A twice baked mushroom soufflé, parmesan cream, watercress and walnut vinaigrette ($19) and potato tortilla, romesco, chorizo, spinach and poached egg ($21) sounded both delicious and interesting. I have also heard people rave about Granny June's cornbread with bacon, poached eggs, rocket and maple syrup ($17.50).
Maybe Mrs S is short for Schwarzenegger as in 'Yum. I'll be back.'