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Published June 25th 2015
A quirky and unique cafe that everyone posts about
Having seen many picturesque and crazy pictures of milkshakes with lots of garnishes on Instagram, Facebook and other social medias, my companion and I were determined in our quest to eat at the Vogue Cafe.
The Vogue Cafe is a hidden gem near the Level 2 Carpark of Macquarie Shopping Centre. It has a retro chic style reminiscent of a French cafe, with green and white tiles and wrought decor, but also has Asian inspired flavours due to the owners' Asian heritage. We went there after a morning of shopping, and immediately saw that the place was packed. Luckily, the cafe offered tables of all sizes, including some with lounge chairs and some with high chairs, which allowed them to fit many tables inside and outside of the cafe. Because of their clever interior design, we didn't have to wait for a minute.
pay counter :) (but don't fret, this place has table service!!)
I have to admit, it took us a while to settle on the food we wanted to order. Somehow, we didn't take long to decide on our respective drinks despite the countless options, but looking at the sizes of every table's drinks, we knew we were in for a massive meal.
Considering how busy it was, our meals and drinks came pretty fast- in around 20 minutes! It certainly didn't feel like 20 minutes, as the vibrant ambience kept everyone in a relaxed and jovial mood. My friend ordered a "buff beef burg"- gourmet burger bun filled with a grilled angus beef pattie, caramelised onion, beetroot, pineapple, tomato, lettuce, cheese and BBQ sauce served with hot seasoned potato chips. He said that all the ingredients were fresh and were all seasoned perfectly to complement one another. The highlight of the dish was definitely the beef pattie for him, as it was cooked to perfection without overpowering the freshness of the veggies. The only downside of the dish was the errant beetroot juice....
This dish was accompanied by a "magic milkshake with chocolate rim"-chocolate flavour. It came with rainbow coloured popcorn and a chocolate and sprinkled rim. He said that the popcorns added a unique yet inviting flavour to the chocolate milkshake, which was already very milky and creamy. Although the popcorns were a struggle to eat as he got closer to the bottom of the milkshake jar, he said that it was definitely worth fishing them out. In his words, this milkshake was simply "beautiful".
magic milkshake with chocolate rim (chocolate flavour)
I ordered something from the "grill n il" section, which had a variety of grilled vegetables served on ciabatta bread with a choice of green salad or hot seasoned potato chips. I chose to have a "veggie open grill"- grilled eggplant, zucchini, sun-dried tomato and cheese, and I chose to have a salad with it. Now, it wasn't your average green salad. It added extra and surprising elements such as apples and sun-dried tomatoes. Honestly, it was probably one of the best and exciting salads I've ever eaten. The grill was also quite incredible. The melted cheese kept all the components in place, and the fresh ciabatta satisfyingly complemented the hearty pieces of vegetables, all with an occasional surprise from the sun-dried tomato.
Just like my companion, despite the food being amazing, my drink was simply unsurpassable. I had a "minty tim" from their specials menu, which had the descriptions: "heating you up organic Belgian hot chocolate, cadbury mint chocolate and chocolate tim tam biscuits to create you the best hot chocolate to kick start your holiday." The mint Kit Kats were surprisingly very delicious to dip in the mint hot chocolate, and so were the Tim Tams. The milkshake had generous amounts of mint and cream in it, and I don't know about you, but this was the first time I've had a mint-flavoured hot chocolate. It was simply amazing. Every bite/sip of this was a pure indulgence. This was hands-down the best way to cap off lunch time.
The lively atmosphere is of course not complete without their energetic workers, who were more than willing to give recommendations, and even opinions on your orders. Despite the cafe being busy and efficient, the friendly young workers came around as much as they could to check on all their customers. Really, hats off to all of them for further creating this enjoyable experience!