[invite] Bianca: So imma be honest, I’ve never been to Canley Heights. I’d made it a mission of mine to explore more of Sydney’s outer Western suburbs, my upbringing in Winston Hills/Kellyville didn’t exactly leave a lot to be desired food wise. V Lounge mainly made waves on my radar due to their Red Velvet Pancakes and all around #femalebadass @jess.xv.v
And so, with future sister in law Kat in tow @lickyourphone, we descended on V Lounge. It’s a typical run of the mill cafe in a suburban locale but don’t be fooled, we were impressed with the food. Billed as a cafe/dessert bar, they do some pretty fun variations on your traditional ‘cafe’ menu.
We ordered a mixture of sweet and savoury for our 12pm lunch visit but ever the sweet fiends we are, dove straight in. Red Velvet Pancakes -w/ white chocolate sauce, crumble, strawberries and gelato $14 had my name ALL over them. The pancakes themselves were light and fluffy, gorgeously presented with freshness from the berries and a textural crunch from the chocolate pearls. I do question the ice-cream cone, as the centre of the pancake was removed to make way for the cone (didn’t do anything for me) and the bubblegum flavour gelato, it was chosen due to aesthetics but a simple vanilla would have been a far better choice.
Kat LOVED the V Lounge French Toast -w/ a berry compote, mascarpone chantilly cream & seasonal fruit $17. Batton’s of spongy crispy brioche bread, not overly sweet and complimented nicely by the fresh berries. The slightly sour compote a great addition to give interest to each bite.
MRS Bennie – Sweet potato waffle, kale, smoked salmon, poached eggs, grilled asparagus & smoked hollandaise $ 17 will make the health crowd happy whilst allowing them some joy with the waffle. The savoury waffle a great alternative to plain ol bread. I’d probably go the Mr Bennie next time with brisket.
I’ve migrated over to the fried chicken side of life lately and zeroed in on the Crispy AF Chicken Burger -w/ buttermilk fried chicken, guacamole, tomato, cabbage slaw & chipotle mayo $17. We both really enjoyed the flavours of the burger, the buttermilk chicken super crispy with an almost tempura-like outer coating. Flavour wise, there was almost a Mexican vibe with the freshness of the tomato and the guac. My only gripe was the charcoal bun, that trend needs to die now!
And finally, the Seoul Fries – fries topped with spicy pork bulgogi, American cheese sauce, gochujang mayo & shallots $16. Yes yes yes! Tender pork strips, fries, cheese, really what’s not to like? I’d probably go for dessert next time and order a side of this these!
The only real downside here is that it’s so far away from me. We were both pretty surprised by the desserts at V Lounge!
*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of V Lounge.