Vanessa: Nestled amongst the suburban streets of Sans Souci is Cafe Bella Dee, a charming and quaint cafe with decor that gives an elegant French vibe. Run by a brother and sister duo, this place is churning out seriously beautiful dishes that are perfectly plated to satisfy both the eye and the taste buds.
A Saturday date with Bianca and Mumma Squads brought us to Cafe Bella Dee. The interior space is quite small but there is seating outside with heaters and blankets to keep you comfortable even in this cooler weather.
The coffee is strong, but not bitter and the mocha was on point according to Mumma Squads with the right ratio of coffee to chocolate.
Now as I mentioned above the presentation is impeccable and much detail has been paid to ensure the food is plated well. One just can’t help to take a snap it looks that good. But even more impressive is that the food holds up in terms of taste, flavours and textures.
As you can tell, Pancakes are a high priority for us at any cafe venture. The menu offers a stack of three fluffy buttermilk pancakes ($15.50) in three different varieties. We tried the Berry Delight with sweet ricotta and mixed berries. This was picture perfect and delicious to boot. The pancakes were super fluffy, compote slightly tart but balanced with the sweetness of the maple and ricotta. There were also some delicious candied walnuts that were extremely moreish and added another textural element. This is a must-order in my opinion!
We also tried a special that day of strawberry pancake stack with vanilla creme, berries, dragon fruit and candied walnuts. Again, the presentation on point, flavours worked well but this particular stack had a slightly denser texture if I remember correctly there was a protein powder of some sort added to the mix. The photos speak for themselves as to the lengths the kitchen staff are going to with plating.
Mumma Squads and I are big Acai bowl fans, Bianca not so much. I can attest that this is a good one. This acai bowl ($14.50) has an ample amount of fruit with a good ratio of toasted almond maple muesli and the açai itself is a good consistency. If you are after a lighter option, then its a solid choice.
To satisfy the egg craving, we went for the Middle Eastern eggs ($17.50). A vibrant dish consisting of a generous slice of sourdough topped with smashed avocado, cherry tomatoes, poached eggs and beetroot hummus sprinkled with dukkah and pomegranate. A fantastic mix of flavours that elevates this from a standard smashed avo dish.
I should also mention that the drinks menu is extensive from teas, coffee, frappe to fresh juices and crushes. The tropical crush ($6.50) was a favourite of mine.
All I can say is that if you are in or around Sans Souci is make it a point to visit Cafe Bella Dee. The menu goes above and beyond in terms of flavours and presentation, the prices are reasonable and we only scratched the surface with the breakfast menu. Next visit will be for lunch!
Photos by Bianca
*For Food’s Sake dined as guests of Cafe Bella Dee, all opinions, however, are our own.