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Published March 9th 2017
A feast for all your senses
As soon as we entered the XS Espresso at North Parramatta, I realised why this café has taken social media by storm. The ambience was welcoming with a sophistication mixed with cosy décor, added touches of elegance and rustic features... So far we were on to a good start.
Georgia greeted us and was a fantastic host. She was helpful, friendly and professional. We got cracking by glimpsing the new-created menu, which was certainly a feast for the eyes and a few minutes later we discovered it was a fiesta for the stomach too! Without doubt, I was highly impressed and certainly was taken aback on what was to come.
We started our culinary journey with Campos cappuccino which was made to perfection with a delicate aroma and a smoothness that left a lingering taste. Next, I decided to try the very much talked about famous milkshakes. To be honest, I rarely order milkshakes as I always seem to be disappointed by the plainness.
But oh boy, it was a big surprise! Hence the name of the XS Surprise Milkshake ($14) that I ordered. The milkshake featured a Kinder Surprise, waffle cone, Nutella, fairy floss, hundreds and thousands, crunchie and white chocolate.
As soon as the milkshake hit our table I was in awe and a guilty pleasure aroused inside of me, knowing this devilish delightful liquid goodness was certainly not going to be great for my waistline, but I knew it will be welcomed without hesitation to my taste buds!
It was served in a tall glass covered with childish memories of ice-cream cone, hundreds and thousands, chocolate galore and of course fairy floss! The playful presentation was an indication to the passion that the café has. The flavours of chocolate, mixed with the hazelnut taste from the Nutella was a big hit, and infused with the textures of the crunchie chocolate, it left me craving for more…
Next, we conquered the Big Mama's Burger ($18) which featured a double bee af pattie, lettuce, tomato, jalapeño, caramelised onion, cheese and secret sauce served with chips.
Once again, I was taken aback and was quite surprised with the generous serving. The burger was everything a burger should be; juicy meat, saucy and the unison of flavours combining in the perfect gastronomic marriage. The secret sauce was a cheeky hit with a flavour of dill coming through, adding that perfect combination with the spicy jalapeño.
The chunky chips reminded me of wedges with their perfect crunch. They were seasoned perfectly too.
Corn Me Tonight ($18) was certainly a "corntastic" experience. It was presented with femininity and elegance. It looked like a masterpiece on a plate. The pretty flowers and the delicate stack were quite impressive to look at.
The flavours combined perfectly with each other, as each bite took you to a journey where food was all that mattered. The crispy saltiness of the bacon was broken up with the hit of sweetness from the maple, combined with the textures from the corn, creaminess and coolness of the avocado, followed by the drippy yolk from the poached egg, making it a scrumptious food affair.
When we thought our affair with XS Espresso was over, we were treated to the Rainbow Sandwich ($12) which featured a brioche bun, vanilla ice-cream, M&Ms, Nutella, Belgium chocolate, cookies and cream crumble, and Belgium salted caramel.
Once again, this looked like art on the plate. It was childish and innocent. This playful dish was certainly unique!
The brioche bun was stuffed with ice-cream and M&Ms, adding a textural feel to the softness of the bun. I would have liked a little more ice-cream inside the stuffing. But overall, it was impressive with the different textures, colours and tastes that awakened the senses.