Driving down Newmarket Road, you may notice the modest café frontage of Willow and Spoon. Take the time to step inside though, and you’re transported to a new world with colourful retro furnishings in the front, and a funky set-up in the back dining area.
This kid-friendly café is warm and welcoming, and boasts a creative menu to boot.
We tried out some offerings from the brand new breakfast menu, including ham and asiago croquettes with semi-dried tomato pesto, kale mayo, sautéed spinach and a poached egg.
The croquettes were beautifully crispy on the outside and as soft as a cheesy potato cloud on the inside. The relish really lifted the perfectly poached egg as well.
Vegetarians are also catered for here, with the new chocolate chia pudding with house made coconut yoghurt, poached pear and fresh berries on offer. This dish was extremely moreish, with a lovely rich cacao taste to the chia pudding.
The house made yoghurt was extremely well balanced, without being sickly sweet as most bought yoghurts can be. It is made with coconut cream, agar, probiotics and sugar, creating a creamy and delightful end product.
Other items on the breakfast menu include buttermilk pancakes with house made malteasers (yes, you read that right), vanilla bean anglaise and strawberries. For those with more of a savoury palate, there are sautéed garlic field mushrooms with haloumi, cous cous, rocket, harissa yoghurt and a fried egg.
Drinks on offer include the regular array of coffees and teas, as well as an Indian Chai tea served on oat milk and honey.
Willow and Spoon also serves up lunch, including a salad of fried coconut prawns with lime aioli, rice noodle, mint, peanuts and Nuoc Cham dressing. Or there’s also a southern fried chicken burger with spiced mayo, cabbage slaw and parsnip chips.
The café is also serving up a range of new desserts on offer which rotate on a regular basis. This week, options included a banana parfait, Nutella ice cream sandwich, grilled peaches with caramel sauce, or a fruit and nut bread and butter pudding.
We opted for the bread and butter pudding which did not disappoint. It was soft, warm and lightly spiced and worked really nicely with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Willow and Spoon can be found at 190 Newmarket Rd in Wilston, and is open for breakfast and lunch from Tuesday to Sunday from 7am to 2pm.