I love the area that we live in. Within just a few 100m we have an abundance of shops and restaurants. Whenever one closes I wait with baited breath to see what comes next. Zest cafe started teasing me with their signage and building a few months ago and every few days I walked past to check their progress. As soon as it opened, just before Christmas I was eager to try it.
What once was just a slab of concrete has been transformed into a spacious and light causal outdoor dining room. It has a lovely layed-back feel and the zesty colours give it a burst of fun. The staff are friendly and the food is good.
I’m not a coffee drinker but the coffees got the thumbs up at our table. I was rather impressed at the level of froth on the cappuccino and the lack of spillage. Normally this sort of top on a coffee ends up down the side of the cup.
The tea excited me the minute I saw the brightly-colored plate and cup it came with. They carry the name through to the decorating and crockery which I love. It might be because green is my favourite colour. Coincidentally I ordered the green tea, a lovely blend of tea leaves that wasn’t too strong.
The only other place I’ve ever seen sourdough fruit bread is at Fig Jam and Lime Cordial – one of Celia’s creations. Zest’s version of the loaf was bursting with fruit and also had a few little nuts through the bread. The raspberry jam it came with was tangy and sweet at the same time and rather a treat for the taste buds.
It would appear that I was being good ordering the mushrooms but really I was just ordering a ‘lighter’ breakfast so I could indulge in what I like to call breakfast dessert. I don’t go out to breakfast that often so when I do I like to go all out. It’s only in the last year or two that I’ve started to like mushrooms but I nearly always order them if they’re on a breakfast menu. Combine them with avocado and feta and I’m very happy. My only small observation was that quite a bit of liquid came out of the mushrooms and spinach which made the toast a little soggy. It probably happened after it was plated up but I remedied it by moving everything to a side plate.
My friend Kristin ordered the rice pudding. It was very flavoursome but some grains were a little bit on the chewy side.
Definitely the stars of the meal were my coconut crumpets with lemon curd. I’ve made crumpets before and it was no mean feat, quite tedious in fact. Biting into these ones was a little bit more like biting into a muffin but wow they were good. Think a hot doughnut with coconut and then add the zesty lemon curd – I’ll definitely be having these again.
Flapjacks were one of the more indulgent items on the menu. They were so light and fluffy. Caramelised banana was an interesting addition, I’m used to seeing something berry-like, but still a welcome addition.
I’m a huge fan of places that grow their own ingredients. Isn’t this herb screen fantastic? It creates enough of a wall that you don’t think you’re sitting on the road but still lets in a whole lot of light and grows all the herbs and chilies they need.
I am absolutely in love with this table and chairs. It’s long and skinny so would fit our lounge/dining/living room perfectly and green is my colour. If for some reason the table disappears one day they know where to look for it (but no I don’t steal so it shall remain there). I have asked them where it’s from and they had it made.
They also offer a range of baked goodies to take away and a selection of pre-made meals should you find yourself lamenting the fact that you have to cook dinner one night. All in all a big thumbs up to Zest and I can’t wait to go back and try it at night.
Zest is open for breakfast and lunch Monday – Sunday and for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights.