Darling Cafe South Yarra Interior (1 of 1)

darling café, south yarra

from what i understand this particular spot on the ground floor of number 2 darling street in south yarra has had a few cafes come and go in recent years. but i have a feeling that the latest iteration won’t be going anywhere in a hurry!

Darling Cafe South Yarra Interior (1 of 1) Darling Cafe South Yarra Interior2 (1 of 1)

opened just last month by the owners of dundas + faussett in albert park, darling café not only has an eye-catching interior – marble front counter with herringbone wall tiles and brass fittings softened by vibrant fresh flowers – but also an enticing menu of classic and contemporary dishes with a focus on quality ingredients. the café is open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch from 7am to 4pm.

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and this particular morning i was lucky to be joined by a few fellow foodies (foodie melbourne, happiness.is.food, the baroness of melbourne + melbourne popups) for a girls catch-up.

Darling Cafe South Yarra Flat White (1 of 1) Darling Cafe South Yarra Latte (1 of 1)Darling Cafe South Yarra Interior4 (1 of 1)

the coffee blend served at darling is well-known five senses – an excellent choice of australian coffee roasters that have been operating since 1999 with a desire to produce quality roasts in partnership with their clients. barista, leo, who has also come across from dundas + faussett, pours an expert latte and flat white.

Darling Cafe South Yarra Acai Bowl (1 of 1) Darling Cafe South Yarra Acai Bowl3 (1 of 1) Darling Cafe South Yarra Acai Bowl2 (1 of 1)

organic acai bowl with banana, apple, chia seeds, activated caramelised buckinis, coconut flakes + fresh berries

i would more than likely bet on this being australia’s prettiest acai bowl at present! and what a beautiful way to start a Sunday – plenty of health, nutrition + goodness packed into the textured acai blended with mango and covered in an artistic array of ingredients.

Darling Cafe South Yarra Veggie Breakfast (1 of 1)

veggie breakfast: poached eggs with sautéed kale, avocado, roasted tomato, seasonal mushrooms + kipfler potato

funnily enough we all seemed to have gone with vegetarian options this particular morning (no bacon in sight on this table!). so only fitting to start with a fairly traditional veggie breakfast. the sautéed kale was delicious and the poached eggs were perfectly cooked.

Darling Cafe South Yarra Bruschetta (1 of 1)

breakfast bruschetta with avocado, mushroom, truss tomato, baby rocket + goats cheese with a poached egg

a variant on the traditional veggie breakfast, this breakfast bruschetta was built up upon some lovely toast to a bed of rocket, and then piled high with creamy mushrooms, juicy roast tomato + a generous serving of avocado and goats cheese. again, the added side of poached egg was gooey and runny.

Darling Cafe South Yarra Avo Smash (1 of 1) Darling Cafe South Yarra Smashed Avo2 (1 of 1)

smashed avocado with bocconcini cheese, truss tomatoes + lemon with a poached egg

in comparison to an avo/feta combo, this avo smash featured a beautifully smooth bocconcini and thick slices of fresh tomato. This was vibrant dish, really clean on the pallet + thankfully gave me no guilt trip about the upcoming donut!

all together it made for a very picturesque table!

Darling Cafe South Yarra Tables (1 of 1) Darling Cafe South Yarra Tabletop (1 of 1)

throughout our morning we were looked after exceptionally well by waitstaff riley + alex. the service is casual but friendly + professional, however the guys will gladly stop to have a chat if you’re up for it.

Darling Cafe South Yarra Interior5 (1 of 1) Darling Cafe South Yarra Pastry Counter (1 of 1)

i also dare you to try + resist the pastry cabinet on your way to the register – stocking butter bing, doughboys, oregano scrolls + a beautiful array of raw slices… i’ll admit that i left with a few of these in my handbag for later. after all, i did skip the french toast and bacon for breakfast (so restrained of me!)

verdict: just darling!
find: http://www.darlingcafe.com.au/

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