Fingers Crossed (Ringwood) 9/10

How’s it going café lovers?

 Welcome to Cards and Cafés! I recently went to Fingers Crossed in Ringwood with my friend Laruen and her little boy, Zi. We both loved it so much that I decided to go back with two other friends; Beth and Emily.

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FOOD & DRINKS 

Fingers Crossed has a fantastic menu, with something for everyone. There are so many amazing dishes that you will struggle to pick your favourite.

They also have a great little kids’ menu, so even your little ones will leave with a full and happy tummy.

The following menu photos were taken in May 2017 and might have changed since.

 

I ordered a cappuccino and I thought that it was great! It was hot when it arrived at the table and it was strong with a thick and creamy consistency.

They use the Axil blend at Fingers Crossed and they definitely did the Axil name proud.

Coffee rating: 5/5    5 out of 5

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Lauren had two lattes and it’s safe to say that she loved them. She loves the Axil blend and thought that the barista did a fantastic job.

Coffee rating: 5/5    5 out of 5

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Lauren ordered the ‘This Benedict’, which came with ciabatta, poached eggs, ham hock & leek, baby onion jam and JAX hollandaise sauce.

She said that it was a different take on the usual eggs benedict, but thought that it was mighty tasty.

She said that the eggs were cooked well and that the baby onion jam had a special zing that added a fantastic flavour to the dish.

She’s decided that she wants to try the waffles next time she comes.

This Benedict – ciabatta, poached eggs, ham hock & leek, baby onion jam and JAX hollandaise sauce ($18)

Zi had the mini grown-up, which was 1 egg cooked to his desire (poached/fried/scrambled) and bacon.

Zi had his scrambled and I think that it is safe to say that he loved it and he demolished it.

Mini grown-up – 1 egg cooked to his desire (poached/fried/scrambled) and bacon ($7)

I ordered the apple & rhubarb crumble hotcake, which was rhubarb done two-ways, coconut meringue, maple whip, freeze dried apple and biscotti crumble.

I thought that this dish was plated beautifully. I loved that the chef carefully positioned every element in a particular place.

The hotcake itself had a lovely fluffy texture and I loved the addition of the rhubarb, as I thought that it was quite unusual.

Apple & rhubarb crumble hotcake – rhubarb done two-ways, coconut meringue, maple whip, freeze dried apple and biscotti crumble ($19)

 

On my second visit, I ordered another cappuccino and the coffee was just as good as the last time.

For breakfast I ordered the cauliflower and haloumi fritters, with beetroot, pickled onion, fried shallot salad and beetroot yoghurt. I also decided to add a poached egg.

I thought that this dish was absolutely fantastic! They have to be the tastiest fritters that I have had in a long time. I usually find fritters really dense and heavy, with an almost floury taste. But these were the complete opposite. They were nice and golden on the outside (I know in the picture they might look burnt) and the inside was light and fluffy. Every bit was great, it had this fantastic crunch on the outside and the inside just melted in my mouth.

I didn’t find the cauliflower very strong, which was a good thing in my books.

The beetroot yoghurt was also a great touch. It didn’t have that overpowering (almost like dirt-like) beetroot taste, as the yoghurt helped to balance it.

The salad was a nice touch, as it added a burst of freshness to the dish and helped to cut out some of the richness of the fritters.

I would definitely order this dish again.

Cauliflower and haloumi fritters, with beetroot, pickled onion, fried shallot salad and beetroot yoghurt + poached egg ($21)

Beth ordered a chai latte and she was glad that it was quite hot when it arrived at the table. She said that foam was silky and that there was a great balance of sweetness and flavour.

Chai rating: 4/5    4 out of 5

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Beth also ordered the hotcake (as seen above) and thought that it was quite nice. She said that it was a bit dry for her personal taste and would have liked a bit of a sauce. The rhubarb was tasty, but there were sections that were slightly undercooked. She said that she couldn’t really taste the apple.

Finally she enjoyed the crumble and thought that it added an extra special element to the dish.

 

Emily ordered the peanut butter and chocolate milkshake. She enjoyed it, but said that she wasn’t a huge fan of the peanut pieces. She also found that the peanut butter flavour wasn’t as strong as she would have liked. (4/5)

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Peanut butter and chocolate milkshake ($6.50)

For her breakfast, Emily ordered the av’n’ av, which was ciabatta with basil pesto smashed avocado, grilled haloumi, pistachio dukkah and baby sorrel and a poached egg on the side.

She said that the dish was quite enjoyable, but perhaps the avocado needed some additional seasoning or some feta to add a bit more flavour.

She loved the haloumi, and the egg was cooked well and to her liking.

Finally she said that the dish was quite pricy for what you actually get.

av’n’ av – ciabatta with basil pesto smashed avocado, grilled haloumi, pistachio dukkah and baby sorrel and a poached egg ($21)

ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE

IMG_0173The employees at Fingers Crossed are fantastic! They are super friendly and really helpful. They all walk around with smiles on their faces and make you feel welcome and comfortable as soon as you walk in.

The atmosphere is fantastic and the place has a great vibe. Even though it can get quite busy, you don’t feel under any pressure to order your food and eat quickly to make room for the next group.

Fingers Crossed is also a family friendly place where you can feel comfortable to bring your kids.

They have quite a few tables inside and a handful of tables outside. The outside tables are the perfect spot to sit if you’ve brought your fur baby with you.

As the café has big windows at the front, the place is flooded with natural light. You can’t help but feel happy when you walk in and sit down.

The only thing is that it can get quite noisy in the café when they are busy, which can make it quite difficult to hear each other.

Finally, we all thought that Fingers Crossed was slightly more on the expensive side in comparison to other cafes in the area, or to other cafes that we’ve been to in the past. So just keep that in mind when visiting this café.

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OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT FINGERS CROSSED

Address: 64 Maroondah Hwy, Ringwood, Melbourne, (Vic)

Map: here

Phone: (03) 9870 3287

Facebook: here

Website: here

Operating Hours: 

Monday –Friday  –7:00 am- 3:00 pm                               

Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Two Brother info 

CAFÉ RATING = 9/10 

Have you visited Fingers Crossed 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,

Happy eating

-Kim

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