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Published June 23rd 2020
On Wednesday morning, I had the pleasure of having breakfast at My Grandma Ben, an eatery part of the Plant 4 Bowden complex. Founded by Masterchef alumni Jessica Spiby, My Grandma Ben is a cafe which focuses on sustainable eating and minimisation of food waste combined with beautiful textures and flavours of locally sourced ingredients. In terms of atmosphere, the team has done a great job of creating a homely, welcoming vibe with plenty of space and light.
I started off my trip with a cardamom hot chocolate, which was wonderfully sweet and had a lovely hit of spice at the end.
I then ordered the Poached Pear Porridge which was an absolute delight. The sweet, soft texture of the pears was beautifully complemented by the creamy, buttery goodness of the oats and the umami flavour of the miso. The entire dish was topped off by the added crunchiness of the granola. On the website, My Grandma Ben say that their menu changes seasonally, but I am hoping they keep this dish for a while!
Poached pear perfection: Poached pear porridge with granola
Because I came with my sister, I also had the opportunity to try her meal which was a Smoked Coorong Mullet with sourdough, skordalia and fennel. This was a wonderfully acidic dish, with the soft, melt-in-mouth fish cooked perfectly and brightened with fennel and fresh herbs. The crusty sourdough and smoothly textured skordalia also gave a beautiful contrast to the rest of the meal.
Fab fish dish: Coorong Mullet with sourdough, skordalia, fennel and fresh herbs