Hello Café Lovers!
Welcome to Cards and Cafés! I recently went to Café Gaia in South Yarra with my good friend Beth. I had come across Café Gaia when I was researching cafes in the South Yarra area, and after looking at their menu I knew that this is definitely a café that I needed to
add to my ever-growing café
When I first saw the café’s nam
e, I was very confused as to how you actually pronounce it, and when people asked me where I was going for breakfast I honestly couldn’t tell them. After doing some research, I assume it’s pronounced as “GUY – YA”, (please correct me if I’m
Café Gaia is fairly easy to find, as it is located just off Toorak Road (Punt Road side) in Avoca Street. Parking on Avoca Street is relatively easy, with a two hour parking zone along one side of the street, and a one hour parking zone on the other. So make sure you check the signs while parking, as you don’t want to end your delicious outing with a parking fine.
FOOD & DRINKS
Café Gaia has an excellent menu with a number of wonderful sounding dishes, so I’m sure you’ll find something to sink your teeth into.
“Coffee is roasted by Proud Mary, we use the humbler blend for milk based drinks and a rotating single origin for our black espresso based drinks” – Café Gaia Menu
The following menu photos were taken in May 2017 and might have changed since.
I ordered a cappuccino, and thought that it was a fantastic cup of coffee. First of all it was hot (YAY), which was perfect as it was a very chilly morning in Melbourne. The serving looked slightly larger than what other cafés served, and there was a beautiful decoration on the top.
Café Gaia uses the Proud Mary blend, and they definitely did it justice. The coffee had a great taste; it wasn’t too strong, but just right (sounds a bit like Goldilocks and the Three Bears). It had a fantastic creamy texture and every sip felt like silk running down your throat.
Coffee rating: 5/5
Beth ordered a chai latte (her favourite), and thought that it was nicely flavoured and balanced. She loved having the honey on the side, which gave her control over how sweet she wanted her drink. We also loved how it was presented, and thought that having the chai in a separate jug was great, as it meant that there were at least two servings in one.
Chai rating: 4/5
I ordered the Gaia Benedict, which was served with sourdough toast, slow-cooked five-spice pork, pear & spinach puree, two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce.
I loved the deep green of the pear and spinach puree, and I thought that it had an incredible flavour. There was the perfect amount of each element to ensure that the spinach wasn’t bitter. But instead it had a fantastic sweetness from the pear, which gave you a burst of freshness and flavour with every bite.
To be honest, I didn’t like the look of the pork when it arrived at our table. I personally thought the colour was a bit off-putting, as I’m used to the pork being a bit pinker. But it still had a nice flavour and went really well with the rest of the elements on the plate.
I loved, loved, loved the shredded pear on the top of the hollandaise sauce. I thought that it added a fantastic extra burst of freshness when paired with the rich hollandaise and pork.
One of my poached eggs was cooked really well as it had a soft and runny yolk, while the other egg was slightly over cooked with a firmer yolk.
Overall this dish was incredibly rich and quite filling. I would definitely order this dish again and would recommend it to others.
Beth ordered the Jamon Serrano, which was a potato rosti with Gran Riserva Jamon Serrano (dry-cured Spanish ham), black Russian tomato salsa and poached eggs (this dish is gluten free).
We both thought that this dish was plated so beautifully, with the golden brown from the potato rosti, the pink of the Gran Riserva Jamon Serrano, and the white of the poached eggs, this dish looked like a piece of artwork on the plate.
Beth said that the potato rosti was nice and crunchy on the outside, while the inside was soft and fluffy and just melted in your mouth. The meat added a light saltiness to the dish, which helped cut through the richness of the eggs and the fried potato. The Russian tomato salsa added freshness to the dish and helped to marry all the flavours together.
Finally she said that her eggs were cooked perfectly as she had runny yolks and solid whites.
Overall, Beth said the meal was quite enjoyable and that she would definitely order this dish again.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
We got there just after 10 am on a Saturday morning and they weren’t too busy, so we were lucky enough to find a table straight away. But by 10:30 am the café was booming and almost all the tables were taken. So if you want to visit this café on a Saturday or Sunday, I would recommend getting there before 10:30 am.
The service was pretty average. The staff were all very friendly, but they didn’t really come and check-up on us. We personally didn’t mind, but I know this might bother some people.
The café itself was very clean and, due to the windows on both sides, there was a lot of natural light, which made it bright and gave the café some warmth. The mirrors helped to make the space feel a lot bigger.
They have a lovely outside area at the front of the café. It is undercover, which means you can still sit there even on a gloomy/rainy Melbourne day. But this would be a great place to sit during the warmer months.
As we went just before Mothers Day, they had decorated the café beautifully with lots of flowers and pink elements.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT CAFÉ GAIA
Address: 3/4 Avoca St, South Yarra, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9866 7522
Monday – Saturday –7:30 am- 4:00 pm
Sunday – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 8/10
Have you visited Café Gaia before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?
Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.
Until next time,