The morning after celebrating Muri's 21st, Soulmates headed off to breakfast. Ashy was eager to tuck into the famous Kazbah brekky menu but to our dismay, it was closed on Monday morning. Our second option was Café Berlin, just down the other end of Darling Street and that's where we headed.
Café Berlin had a good selection of breakfasts, but the thing that caught my eye was the homemade beans. I had a vision of creamy, soft beans smothered in rich tomato sauce that tasted really authentic. They also had the usuals- eggs benedict, big breakfast, an assortment of different melts, french toast, muesli with granola... You know.
Feeling rather gross inside after all the junk food and drinks we consumed the night before, we opted for the fresh juices on the menu. I chose the 'daily detox' which was a blend of orange, carrot and ginger. Ashy had a fresh apple juice and Mins the berry frappe.
The juices were absolutely di-vine! They were sweet and so fresh, not overly sugary at all. I was worried that the ginger would overpower my juice but it was quite subtle and refreshing.
My homemade baked beans melt! The beans were perfect and just how I imagined them to be. The bread underneath however became quite soggy and unappetizing and the baby spinach stuck in between suffered the same fate. I felt as though the spinach could have been seasoned a little better- it was quite bland and didn't add to the dish at all.
Muri's vegetable soup with sourdough! This soup was perfect, I'm salivating just thinking about it. The soup itself was quite watery which we preferred. You could tell this soup had been homemade and that the vegetables didn't come from a frozen bag of assorted veg. I would be quite happy with a huge bowl of this soup any night during winter.
Ah Lurpak, our favourite butter. What would we do without butter? Muri believes butter makes the world go round. She has a tendency to add butter to everything... Yes, everything. Above is Ashy's scrambled egg with sourdough plus a side of bacon. The eggs were perfect- creamy and delicious- but the bacon... Not so much. It was overly salty and a little too crispy.
Mins complained quite a lot about her dish. The egg whites were watery and since there were only two elements to this dish- there wasn't much that could salvage it. Except for the butter of course.
Café Berlin has assorted savoury and sweet pastry goodies on display- all freshly baked every morning. We were too full to try any- but they did indeed look homely and appetizing.
I enjoyed Café Berlin but I don't feel as though I'd return for a while. There are too many other gorgeous looking cafés to try in Balmain.