Although winter weather has been quite cold and grey of late, this Saturday proved to be a sunny one, calling for a trip down to Victoria Park and a visit to Harvest Espresso. Harvest is much smaller than I had imagined and a line does tend to slowly gather outside as tables are fairly limited. There is a little of the shuffling and the sucking in of stomachs as you try to squeeze past people before and after your meal but this is a small hindrance considering the food and the matcha lattes are perfect.
I adore the cafe with its wooden tables and takeaway coffee cups that change every season and I sincerely look forward to the next season's menu. If the dishes on the menu don't quite tickle your fancy (but seriously come on, they're amazing) then you could request a look at their raw cakes and delights on offer, not to mention you could always just takeaway a latte and a freshly baked good.
I couldn't go past the Banana and Peanut Butter Toasted Brioche with toasted museli, mascarapone and of course chocolate sauce. Jason went for something a little savory and chose the House-cured Salmon Gravlax which had two poached eggs, watercress, potato hash, hollandaise and a few scattered togarashi croutons. I absolutely loved the brioche, with just the right amount of crunchy and soft, it was delicious and beautifully presented. The thing I think I like most about food is disassembling it and literally digging in. I would however have loved another little dollop of mascarapone but gee, it was beaut.
As soon as I had taken one sip of my matcha latte I made a comment to Jason saying I would be purchasing another because it was damn good, however I spoke too soon as I only just managed to finish my breakfast at the end of it. Safe to say I didn't have any room left in my stomach for a second matcha latte, however on retrospect I probably could have ordered another to take away and sip later when we drove up to the Zig Zag hill.
We were sitting right near the window (if you look in the last shot you can see the remnants of our brunch) and it gave me a good vantage point to take photos and see all of the neat little cafe. I'll be visiting again, perhaps will try the lamb meat balls and definitely aim to go every season from now on as each season the menu changes. Bring on Spring's!
629 Albany Highway, Victoria Park
Tuesday - Sunday 7am - 4pm