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From the same group that brought you Dundas & Faussett, comes Darling Café, located on Darling Street in South Yarra. This café is so easy to find, as it is located just off Toorak Road and is a stone’s throw away from Chapel Street.
The Asian inspired menu has so many mouth-watering dishes to choose from and I’m sure you’ll find something you’ll want to sink your teeth into.
I recently went to Darling Café with my friend Beth and we were both excited, as we’d seen so many fantastic photos of the dishes at this café.
There are quite a number of parking spots along Darling Street, which are all in a one-hour parking zone, and a small parking place opposite the café with ticketed parking. So if you plan on being at the café for more than an hour, make sure to bring a few gold coins along.
FOOD & DRINKS
The menu at Darling Café was quite interesting. We both felt that they had a good verity of dishes to choose from. They have a fantastic all day breakfast menu, a lunch menu served from 10:30 am onwards, and a selection of dishes from the wok.
Darling uses the Five Senses coffee blend to make all their coffees.
The following menu photos were taken in July 2017 and might have changed since.
Beth ordered a chai latte, which was lukewarm when it arrived at the table. She said that it was pretty average and maybe a bit too weak for her personal taste. But she loved the presentation and thought that the ‘Darling’ signature on the top was quite unique.
Chai rating: 3/5
I ordered a cappuccino and to be honest, it was pretty average. It was basically cold when it arrived at the table, so I had to drink it pretty quickly. This was so disappointing, as it was a freezing morning in Melbourne and I was looking forward to a hot coffee.
Other than that, the flavour was ok but it could have been stronger.
Coffee rating: 2/5
For breakfast I decided to order the peanut butter waffles with smashed banana in a cream cheese mousse, with crispy bacon and golden syrup. The dish also came with fairy floss, dehydrated orange pieces and fresh strawberries (which are not mentioned on the menu).
It was plated beautifully! I loved the contrast of colours, with the pale pink fairy floss against the golden brown waffle and the orange dehydrated fruit. It looked like a piece of artwork on the plate and I couldn’t wait to dig in.
Let’s be honest, anything that has peanut butter I’ll be there all guns blazing, and I wasn’t disappointed as the waffle was just divine. The waffle was quite thick, soft and fluffy on the inside and just melted in your mouth. The outside wasn’t as crunchy as I would have liked, but anything crunchier might have dried the waffle out. The peanut butter flavour wasn’t overly strong; so don’t be scared to give this dish a go.
The banana cream cheese went perfectly with the peanut butter. They both balanced each other out, meaning one didn’t overpower the other. The cream cheese was smooth and left a silky feeling in your mouth, which went down like an absolute treat.
The fresh strawberries were a great addition and I found that they added an extra burst of flavour and freshness with each bite.
Finally, I loved the crispy bacon and wished that there had been more. I found that the bacon added some saltiness to the dish, which helped to cut down some of the richness and sweetness.
Beth ordered the breakfast bruschetta with avocado, crispy pancetta, broccolini, cherry tomatoes, rocket and goats cheese, and she added a poached egg.
Beth thought that the food was incredibly tasty. The flavours were all well balanced and the dish was relatively healthy.
She loved the crispy pancetta and thought that it was definitely the highlight of the dish. It was crispy without being burnt and it added a ton of flavour.
She loved the cherry tomatoes, which brought tartness to the dish and added another level of flavour. With that, she wished that there were more cherry tomatoes on the plate.
With plenty of rocket and fresh avocado, this breakfast tastes fresh and healthy. Beth would definitely order this dish again and would recommend it to all those rocket lovers out there.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
The staff members at Darling Café were pretty friendly and there was someone who welcomed us at the door when we walked in. As the café was quite busy when we arrived, we had to wait for a table. They took our name and number and said they would send a text message when our table was ready. We took a walk along Toorak until our table was ready, and we didn’t have to wait long until we received a message.
The service was fine and we received our food not to long after ordering it. The staff checked up on us, but only after we had finished our meals..
I would highly recommend getting there no later than 9:45 am during the weekend period, to avoid waiting for a table.
Darling Café isn’t the biggest; it only has a few tables inside and 3 or 4 tables outside. The café has beautiful glass bi-fold doors along one side of the café, which I assume they open during the warmer months to allow the summer breeze to blow through. The gorgeous marble looking counter in the middle of the café just shouts elegance and visually makes this café stand out from the rest in the area.
The atmosphere was fairly relaxed, but didn’t feel as comfortable as other cafes, as we knew they were busy and felt that we had to eat quickly to make room for others.
Most of the parking along Darling Street is in a one-hour parking zone, so you need to keep an eye on the time to ensure you don’t leave with a parking ticket.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT DARLING CAFÉ
Address: 2 Darling St, South Yarra, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9820 9222
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 7/10
Have you visited Darling Café 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,