Rainy days are made for staying in. Watching sheets of water fall from the sky and snake their way down panes of glass, the trees swaying in the distance. There’s something so cosy about staying in your PJs on rainy days, curled up on the couch with a tea and a throw on your lap. These are the things that make me happy. But every now and then in winter, the desire to head out and see friends over a meal wins out and I brave the elements. Rugged up of course.
Recently one of my closest friends Linda and I decided to head into Vic Park to their newest brunch spot, Sage Cafe. It’s on the Albany Highway strip, and while on the outside looks quite modest, inside it’s welcoming and warm.
We chose a table on the veranda, which I was pleased to see they provide snuggly blankets to cover your legs if you’re outside. Big tick in their favour – I’m a huge fan of this when places think about the customs experience.
It was my first time at Sage, but Linda’s been before and was quick to choose their toasted beef bagel ($13.00) with a side of sweet potato fries with paprika aioli ($7.00). On the side, a steamy latte ($4.50) rounded out the meal.
The fries were really tasty – a highlight for me at the meal. Crispy on the edges, fluffy on the inside. I liked the smokey hit of the paprika sauce, it all just worked.
I went for the mortgage-forgoing smashed avocado on sourdough with house made dukkah, feta and two poached eggs ($18.00), plus a chocolate milkshake ($7.00) on the side. I’ve been taking these Chinese herbal remedies which have helped SO much with my dairy intolerance, so it’s been nice indulging every now and then.
This is a huge dish! Props for the generous size, and for the spot on gooeyness of the poached eggs.
I really enjoy the combo of feta and avocado, but I needed some acidity to cut through the creaminess – a squeeze of lime and a little bit of salt would have made this dish so much more than what it was. That being said it was enjoyable enough, just lacked that wow factor I was looking for.
The chocolate milkshake was nice and lived up to its name. I’m more of a thickshake texture kind of girl, but in absence a milkshake will hit the spot. It’s a decadent treat, and just the thing to treat myself with on a weekend lunchtime out.