Hey Café Lovers!
Welcome to Cards and Cafés and I hope you are ready to come along on a food adventure with us.
Mammoth is located along Malvern Road in Armadale and is one of the babies of power couple Jamie and Loren McBride, who are also the brainpower behind Barry and Pillar of Salt.
With plenty of street parking long Beatty Avenue, I’m sure you’ll find parking stress free. If you prefer to take public transport, Toorak train station is basically next to the cafe.
I went to Mammoth with my good friend Beth for our weekly café adventure. I had heard about Mammoth from another friend and was eager to try it out.
There are no split bills during busy times.
FOOD & DRINKS
The menu at Mammoth is pretty basic, but all the dishes seem like they would be bursting with flavour.
Mammoth use the Golden Gate coffee blend by Seven Seeds Coffee Roasters.
The following photo of the menu was taken in July 2017 and might have changed since.
I ordered a cappuccino and I was glad to see that it was nice and hot when it arrived at our table. I thought that the flavours were great and loved the rich and creamy consistency of the milk.
I honestly didn’t like the cup that it was served in; the handle was too narrow and I couldn’t put my finger through the hole, which made it a bit awkward to hold.
It’s also a little pricier than other cafes.
Coffee rating: 4/5
Beth ordered a matcha latte for a change. She’s usually reluctant to order them at cafes, as she finds they often make them weak and bitter.
However, she was pleasantly surprised with this one. She said that it was one of the better ones that she’s had in a café, as it wasn’t too bitter and it had a good solid flavour. It was thick and had a silky layer of froth. Finally, she loved the added touch of the cinnamon on top.
Matcha rating: 4/5
For breakfast I ordered the chilli scrambled eggs, with bacon, spring onion, manchego cheese and toast.
“Manchego cheese is a Spanish hard cheese made from sheep’s milk.”
I personally thought that the serving size was a bit small, for the price I had to pay. There was definitely no value for money here. Don’t get me wrong, the dish was quite tasty, but it was not worth $19.50. Mammoth should either drop their price or add more food to the dish. As it was quite small, I was still a bit hungry after finishing.
The flavours were quite enjoyable and the chilli wasn’t overpowering or too hot. The eggs were cooked well and I loved the bacon bits that were mixed throughout it. I wished that there had been a bit more of the machego cheese, as I found that there wasn’t quite enough on the plate.
Even though the dish was quite enjoyable, I probably wouldn’t order it again, as the serving was too small for my liking.
Beth ordered the goat’s cheese and herb omelette with fried potato.
She thought it was great and enjoyed the generous serving size. The goat’s cheese married well with the other flavours of the dish, adding an interesting tang.
She was a little disappointed with the description of the ‘herbs’, as she had envisioned a generous amount throughout the dish. However, she would have personally categorised most of the greenery as lettuce leaves, with only a slight sprinkle of mint and chives. Overall, she would have loved more chives and mint.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
The service at Mammoth was great! We were seated straight away and the staff members were all very friendly and attentive. One of the waitresses offered help with the menu and was happy to answer any questions that we had.
We received our coffees and our food pretty quickly after ordering.
The atmosphere in Mammoth is relaxed; we felt no pressure to eat quickly to make room for the next group. We felt comfortable to sit and chat after our meal and didn’t feel the pressure to leave.
The café wasn’t overly busy when were arrived on Saturday morning and, as the morning went on, the café became quite empty. But I’m sure they have their busy periods, so I would still recommend getting there before 10:30 am over the weekend to avoid having to wait for a table.
We both loved the look of the café, with the whitebrick walls along one side, the light wood coloured furniture, and the pops of navy blue throughout the café. The café felt quite spacious and very clean when we walked in.
Mammoth also has a few tables outside, which would be a great spot during the warmer months or if you have brought your four-legged friend with you.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT MAMMOTH
Address: 736 Malvern Rd, Armadale, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9824 5239
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 3:30 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 7:30 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 7/10
Have you visited Mammoth 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,