Vanessa: Another discovery in suburbia (and again close to home ) is Silverfox Cafe, located in Mortdale. Bianca and I arrived on a Sunday morning and the place was already pumping with people. The cafe is deceptive in size from the front as it is actually quite long and extends to a courtyard out the back. A trendy fit out makes it an appealing location.
Silverfox is a family run operation and the team have put some careful consideration into their menu as it extends beyond the average cafe fare. Valentina, one of the owners, greeted us to talk through some of their new winter menu items. Full props to the team for creativity on the names of some of the dishes, I appreciated the novelty factor.
Brunch is offered all day and there is a good range of options to suit various tastes and hunger levels.
Starting off with something I would never normally order but did so on advise from Valentina, the “How bout dem apples” ($12). This is why it pays to go outside your comfort zone as it was the dish I loved the most! A substantial bowl of chai-infused maple porridge with baked chai apples topped with coconut granola and raspberries. This is the perfect winter warmer and too me completely by surprise.
The “new classic” ($20) is a pimped-up smashed avo loaded with cherry heirloom tomatoes, whipped goats cheese, house-made dukkah, balsamic pearls and poached eggs. If you are after a smashed avocado that has been taken to the next level this is it. The smooth goats cheese goes particularly well with the tomatoes and balsamic pearls.
Bianca could not pass up the chance to sample the burger so the “American Chick” ($22) was definitely on the cards. A crispy southern fried chicken burger with crunchy slaw, cheese and chipolte served on a toasted brioche bun. This comes with standard thick cut fries or sweet potato fries for an upgrade.
Naturally, if pancakes are on the menu we are trying them so the “Takes the Cake” ($21) had our names all over it. This singular almond & coconut hotcake is beautifully presented with meringue & freeze-dried strawberry shards, fresh berries, lemon & vanilla bean marscapone with a generous pour of strawberry & rose sauce drizzled over the top. This hotcake grew on us as our initial bites we felt were a bit under-cooked, but we eased into it and I agree that this is best shared after the meal (more as dessert) as the menu suggests.
With plenty of diverse options on the menu, it is easy to see why Silver Fox Cafe draws the people in.
*For Foods Sake dined as guests of Silver Fox Cafe