‘Brunching made effortless with Darling Cafe’s soul-hugging menu and calming demeanor’
Take a wander to the Toorak Road end of Darling St. and you’ll stumble across Darling Cafe. This eatery is exactly as the name suggests. From the marble benches and accents of gold throughout, this cafe presents nothing less than darling. Packed with natural lighting, filling an elegant and polished decor, it’s hard not to fall in love with this place right from the get go.
The staff are efficient, yet polite and incredibly down to earth. Just for some context I spoke with one of the waitresses for 5 minutes about the best season of American Horror Story, before she suggested I had my coffee in a cone.
Hmm.. I guess she wasn’t joking after all.
The menu offers a fresh and healthy take on breakfast favourites, alongside an asian inspired lunch menu. Featured is an entire section dedicated to The Wok, including picks such as Pad Thai Noodles ($18.50), Tom Yum Soup ($14) and Sticky Pork Belly Stir-Fry ($19.50). The menu actually offers nothing over 20 bucks, so you really are spoilt for choice. For me, the days spoiling consisted of the following:
Breakfast Bruschetta ($17)‘With Avocado, Crispy Pancetta, Broccolini, Cherry Tomato, Rocket & Goats Cheese’
It was actually pretty difficult to photograph this. I was kinda reaching for a fork with one hand and wiping drool with the other. Such gorgeous plating.
The whole thing really tasted as good as it looked. From the creaminess of the goats cheese and avo, to the crispy and salty pancetta and touch of acidity of the cherry tomatoes, it’s clear to see each ingredients here has a purpose. The end result is a really filling and delicious dish.
Yellow Curry of Beef ($19)‘With Kipfler Potato, Onion, Broccoli, Lemongrass & Jasmine Rice ’
Yellow curry is one of my all time favourite curries, so excited was an understatement when I saw this on the menu.
To my delight again this dish tasted as good as it looked. Lusciously creamy with a punch of spice, the whole dish was like a soul-hugging bowl of joy. The beef was tender and the potatoes soft. I almost shed a tear when the bottom of the bowl appeared.
All in all Darling Cafe is totally, well, darling I guess? A clean and crisp interior with enough character to keep your eyes busy; matched with a menu that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy and the delicious food to match. Apart from the fact you’ll leave waddling out because you ordered the whole menu, it’s sure to be the most effortless brunch you’ve ever had. Just be a darling and hold my wallet as I order 17 more Coffee Cones.
Address: 2 Darling Street, South Yarra VIC 3141
Hours: Monday/Sunday 7am-4pm
Instagram: @darlingcafe ( https://www.instagram.com/darlingcafe/)