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Published April 5th 2016
Offering a little bit of everything to the general public
Public is a quaint, little cafe that is so cleverly tucked away on Franklin Street that you may miss it with one blink. Offering a minimalistic and satisfying decor for the OCD in all of us, Public is a fantastic spot that provides an inviting atmosphere. There's the perfect balance of vintage and modern, with their gigantic clock that lets you know when it's time for a caffeine fix, and the plastic stools and wooden tables provide for a feast with friends and family.
The beautiful symmetry of Public
The staff members are really friendly and maintain a very professional outlook when serving your table. They are incredibly respectable and are always looking out to make your dining experience as smooth and enjoyable as they can.
Having been to Public several times now, I have handpicked a couple of my favourite dishes that I've had there.
The first one is the strawberry and cream pancakes. I'm not sure if they still have this on their menu, but if they do, then it's an excellent choice of a breakfast meal - especially if you have been blessed with an overactive sweet tooth like mine! It's very sweet from the sugar syrup that is poured over the pancakes, but works well in complementing the flavours brought forward by the pancakes themselves. There is a generous portion of the cream that you can combine with the syrup, should you find it a tad overpowering.
Strawberry and cream pancakes
Continuing on with my breakfast favourites is the latest addition to the menu - the fig and walnut hotcakes - which is a decent $17. This hearty brekkie meal gives you the perfect balance of sweet and healthy - with freshly sliced fruit and a topping of whipped mascarpone and sugar syrup. The crunchiness from the nuts add a delightful touch to this already enjoyable dish.
Fig and walnut hotcakes
For lunch - if you're on a budget, then I'd highly recommend the pulled pork focaccia that is available from the glass cabinet by the cashier counter. One of the more affordable options at $12, the focaccia is packed with succulent meat and a bunch of fresh veggies and herbs. It's a great option, especially if you're in a rush and are after a quick takeaway bite.
Pulled Pork Focaccia
For those who are looking for something a bit more sophisticated, may I suggest the duck leg croquettes with a side of cherry mayonnaise. It may sound like an odd combination, but the flavours - when they come together - are like spunky fireworks in your mouth (in a good way, too)! The meat is really tender and juicy, and when coupled with the mayonnaise sauce tastes absolutely divine. Priced at $12, these babies are bound to fill up your tummy in no time.
For a meal that you can thoroughly enjoy with friends, I'd go for the 5-hour slow cooked lamb shoulder, with duck fat potatoes, apple & mint jelly. For $28, you can easily share this delectable dish with a friend, although I would also warn you that you will fall in love with the meat that is so soft that it shreds off the bone like a dream. I wouldn't be surprised if you and your friend ended up fighting over who gets the last piece, because it was so delicious that I wish I had more to devour! The apple and mint jelly was something that was an odd but oh-so-good side to have. I honestly didn't expect to like it, but after this dish, I could have easily eaten the jelly by itself! It was refreshing and provided a cool aftertaste to the lamb meat.
For a non-alcoholic, healthy drink, I went for the breakfast smoothie for $9, and man, oh man! It was a very tasty drink that had some of my favourite ingredients - banana, mango, granola, honey, milk, and ice cream. This drink was splendid! The honey was probably the strongest flavour in this drink, but I really liked it. The ice cream was subtle, which was good, because I didn't want it to overpower the rest of the drink like most ice cream-laced drinks. While it may look ordinary on presentation, it delivers on so many levels, when it comes to the taste component.
For the after-work, alcoholic drink that most of us crave for on a Friday afternoon, I am proud to present The Flamingo! As a fellow gin lover, I was a bit skeptical on learning that brandy was another ingredient in this drink. But of course, I was proven wrong - in the best way possible - and found this drink super sweet, super strong, and super pretty! The infusion of gin and brandy worked really well together. This drink reminds me of a raspberry popsicle, which is such an appealing factor that drew me even closer to this drink. Sitting at $18, this drink aims to please (and make up for that hole in your wallet)!
The Flamingo cocktail
The Public caffe, bar and restaurant presents a beautiful balance of several components - sophistication, class, relaxed vibes, and a chilled outlook - which appeals to the work crowd and aims to entertain its patrons well. The hospitality of the staff is incredible and presents with a certain standard of quality that further attracts me back into this beautiful dwelling. While it may be on the more expensive side, you can be guaranteed with an awesome dining experience and #foodporn-worthy bites.