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Published May 27th 2021
Sugar Salt is a lovely cafe in Galston that we came across after we found our plan A restaurant closed due to a power outage. Just minutes away, plan B was found and it was certainly no B-rated establishment.
The cafe was already quite full when we arrived just before noon, a testament to its popularity and good food. We chose to sit in a covered outdoor area with wall murals that reminded me of pretty European villages, where charming white-painted buildings are adorned with flowers around windows and doors. Together with tones of brown, plants and trays of fruit on the verandah behind me, I was loving the country vibe.
Inside, paintings of animals (mostly birds) hugged the walls whilst the seating area saw lighter shades of brown and lighting that gave off a warm feeling. I was liking this cafe before I had even picked up the menu.
Speaking of the menu, lunch options include a good range for all tastes. There's a few salads, with the prawn and watermelon combination, that also includes prosciutto, greens, feta, sumac and pomegranate molasses, sounding interesting. For something warmer, there's open sandwich melts and larger mains with salmon fillet, grilled barramundi, chicken and mushroom risotto, Middle Eastern skewers with Lebanese bread and chips, a prawn and mango delight, house-made gnocchi and pastas, to name just some of what you can enjoy here.
My dining companion went with a classic beef burger made special with a house-made beef patty, caramelised beetroot and onions, tomato, lettuce and cheese accompanied with an aioli Dijon mustard sauce and a serving of beer-battered chips. It was very fresh, juicy and tasty - a winner for this lover of burgers.
I decided to go with the steak panini on toasted sourdough, with chips. The Scotch fillet in this Italian-style sandwich containing caramelised onion, beetroot, tomato and lettuce was a joy with the house-made chilli jam giving it a spicy kick.
The mains were very filling and thus we didn't even ask if there was a dessert menu. From the counter inside we saw that there are some sweet delights, from cake slices to cookies and brownies, and from reviews online, the pancakes on the breakfast menu are apparently amazing.
Beverages are plentiful with some very healthy combinations from the fresh juice bar, as well as various flavoured milkshakes and soft drinks rounding out the cold side. On the warm side, you have your coffees, mocha, hot chocolate and lattes with flavour shots.
Sugar Salt pride themselves on providing fresh produce, mostly locally sourced, and turning it into delicious dishes. Apart from dining in, they do takeaway and delivery too. They also cater for weddings and events.
All up, we found good food and good service in pleasant surroundings on a beautiful sunny day. Another bonus was the free parking. On weekends, you may want to book first as people line up to get in here.