As is the case with most brunch venues these days, you order and pay at the counter, with food brought out to your table. The menu has something for everyone and both Vee and I find ourselves tossing up between several choices before making a decision. A return visit is definitely in need.
Vee’s dish of the smashed potatoes with haloumi, salsa verde, poached eggs and rocket ($20.00) was made even better with the addition of bacon ($5.00) – no wait, sorry, I should have said maple bacon. Holy hell, just when you thought bacon couldn’t get any better.
There’s something about haloumi that makes me really weak at the knees. That salty, melty but solid at the same time consistency. Yes, this is another good thing. This dish is a carb loaded dream with those fluffy potatoes (that had a good sprinkling of seasoning) and the punchy salsa verde. Gooey egg yolks? Tick, tick.
To accompany her meal, Vee ordered an acai smoothie ($9.00) which they blend up fresh on order. It was lightly sweet and full of that rich berry flavour. It was a thick concoction and I think you could grab one of these on the go for a liquid breakfast and be pretty full!
Being an absolute juice fiend I chose the cold pressed strawberry juice ($8.00) which was a great balance between sweet and sour, and perfectly thirst quenching. This is fast becoming my favourite juice flavour! (Do I need to say this was another good thing to add to the Good Things list?)
Like all impressionable eat-a-holics, when I was standing in line waiting to order I couldn’t drag my eyes away from the Portuguese custard tart with salted caramel and chocolate ($4.00). It was way too tempting, and so we happily shared one to finish up our brunch. Soft, and just lightly eggy this was a nice offering.
I love salted caramel when it straddles that savoury sweet line, and this one did just that. Oozing out, and countered by the rich, bitter chocolate. The only thing I thought wasn’t quite right was the pastry – I’ve had some pretty amazing flaky Portuguese tart pastries so I couldn’t help but compare. A solid offering but definitely some wiggle room for improvement.
After finally making my way to this bright, airy cafe, I walked away with a list of good things about Good Things. And yes, it’s all good.