Vanessa: Situated on the ever-busy Rocky Point Road in Ramsgate is Linea Café. This small, intimate, family run business knows how to draw in the clientele with its broad range of unique and photogenic menu offerings. Bianca and I arrived for brunch on a Friday and chose to sit outside to enjoy the sunny, crisp winters day. We were pleased to see that blankets were available for use to keep us warm. The café is quite small with limited tables outside and even few inside but as it was a Friday, we had no issue.
Having seen a few of their menu favourites pop up across our social media feeds we were pretty confident on our ordering choices that day. As we waited for our meal, I couldn’t help noticing that there was a steady stream of people coming and going, armed with their morning coffee, sometimes even a short queue, always a good sign I believe. Serving up Campos is always a crowd-pleaser and I have to say the barista is doing something right as my latte was perfect.
We had ambitiously chosen to share four dishes between us to give us a sense of what the menu had to offer. Opting for a mix of sweet and savoury, my first thought as the dishes were set down was how beautifully presented each dish was, with great attention to detail shown.
On the savoury front, we chose the Exotic mushrooms ($17). This was a substantial serve of sautéed mixed mushroom varieties, baby spinach, scrambled egg and shaved parmesan accompanied with sourdough and a side of halloumi. I thought this was delicious, the eggs were light, creamy and infused with pesto. The different types of mushrooms not only added different flavour depths but also different textures to the dish.
The ricotta fig delight ($13) was a beautifully presented dish consisting of 3 slices of sourdough topped with creamy ricotta and robust, sweet fresh figs that were drizzled with sweet honey. This was delicious and again quite a generous portion, given the price, and the presentation made it almost too good to eat!
We were tossing up between the acai bowl and the signature blue lagoon and opted for the latter. Similar to the acai bowl, the blue lagoon is topped with fresh fruit, coconut and granola but rather than acai berries, they use blue Majik, a certified organic spirulina, which is not only vibrant in blue color it’s bursting with antioxidants and b-vitamins so you can feel good about taking care of your nutrition needs whilst eating it!
Personally, I prefer the taste of acai, but it was good to try it and certainly a healthy, lighter option on the menu.
We also couldn’t pass the opportunity to try the Belgian waffles ($15) and I’m glad we didn’t! This generous slab of hot, soft waffles was topped with fresh strawberries, vanilla ice-cream and either Nutella or homemade butterscotch sauce, which we chose. These were really good and I’m not really a fan of waffles so do yourself a favour and save some room for these. Again a bit portion so I would recommend sharing them.
I was really impressed with what Linea café had to offer. A relaxed, friendly atmosphere, good coffee and a broad range of menu items that cater to a variety of tastes at a decent price. It’s no wonder there was a steady stream of patrons even on a weekday mid-morning. The café is open daily for breakfast and lunch and I’m looking forward to returning to sample more of the menu!
Photos by Bianca
*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of Linea Café, all opinions, however, are our own.