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Published November 22nd 2015
Cherish your cafe experience on the North Shore
After a friend's recommendation to go to Pecorino Cafe, my mum and I found this perky little local place on the quiet side of Gordon Train Station away from the rest of the shops. On a late Sunday morning, we were lucky to find this cafe that wasn't too busy, which meant that the staff were very attentive to their customers. We were quickly seated and the menus were quickly brought out, along with cafe- essentials such as salt and pepper.
I have to make a confession. My mum and I were confused when we couldn't see a 'Drinks' section on our 'Brunch' menu. We had to be quickly reminded that they were written on the board above us. For a second, it made us feel like total newbies in the 'Sunday brunch' business, but soon after, we'd overheard someone else from another table puzzled by the same idea... (For a view of the menu, click here)
Although Pecorino Cafe is famous for their coffee, my mum and I opted for frappés instead, as frappé weren't found all that often in cafes nowadays. She ordered a caramel frappé ($6) and mine was a chocolate one ($6). The drinks came in very generous sizes, to the point that I was able to guzzle just enough before my meal arrived, drank some more with my food, AND was still able to cherish some after eating. All I need to say is that frappés were my guilty-pleasure type of drink, as normally I'd just slurp on some coffee or milk with brekky. It was a promising start to this brunch.
Caramel Frappé (left) and Chocolate Frappé (right)
The meals however received mixing feelings. My mum ordered a 'Triple Stack Vanilla Buttermilk Pancakes' with banana, butterscotch and ice cream ($14.50). I should mention that she is normally a health-freak who would eat foods such as a green smoothie or a salad for breakfast, but today she decided to "liberate herself," as I called it at the time. While she liked the overall dish, she commented on the fact that it was simply too sweet and too unhealthy, and that she'd wish she'd made a different decision. She also remarked that she should've chosen a 'more complicated dish' while we're eating out. It's such a shame, because the pancakes looked fantastic!
'Triple Stack Vanilla Buttermilk Pancakes' with banana, butterscotch and ice cream
I on the other hand, really enjoyed my dish. I had a 'Chicken & Mushroom Crepe' with Mesclun salad ($16.50). The salad was definitely Mesclun, but if I had to be a language-Nazi, I didn't think cucumber or tomatoes fitted that definition. Nevertheless, it was a feel-good start to the day. The only criticism I have regarding that salad was that I'd wished it had more dressing.
The best part of the dish was by far the crepes. The crepes themselves had the perfect thickness, so the food didn't fall out THAT easily (Mind you, they still did, as crepes are supposed to be quite thin). There was also a perfect ratio of gold versus brown, which meant that all the flavours were easily deciphered and appreciated. Nevertheless, I've said enough about the crepes itself. The most memorable part of the crepes were their fillings. There was a superb balance between the mushrooms and the chicken, in which both of these factors were generously served. Together with a creamy sauce that wasn't too salty nor overpowering, I had a to-die-for moment when I took the first bite. My picky-eating mother also had a bit of the crepe, of which she soon declared that she would've preferred the chicken to be more cooked, but I'm simply going to attribute that comment to her personal preferences rather than the amazing food I devoured.
Overall, the cafe was filled with a relaxed and suburban vibe. This family-run business seemed to hit right on the bullseye to provide a cafe designed for family time. As I sat there and people watched, I also saw that there were other tables of adults catching up with their mums, families with young kids, lone diners (with or without their dogs), couples, and the list goes on. Pecorino Cafe really presented itself as an enjoyable and quiet cafe with excellent service for everyone.