I have wanted to try Harvest Espresso for a long time. One thing or another has kept me away – it felt like I’d never get there. Finally though I did! I met K, one of my high school mates there. He’s a chef too, so I was interested to see what he thought of this super popular Vic Park cafe.
We found the little café next to the Vic Park Hotel. The teeny tiny room was very busy for a weekday lunch – though I doubt it could seat more than 30 covers. We were happy to wait a few minutes for a table and in no time we were seated in the window.
I looked over the menu, all the food seemed to fit into the all day brunch category – so it was right up my alley! I spied a great looking mushroom dish on the next table. I figured it must be good, as all six people on the table were eating it! We ordered at the counter.
There was a warm atmosphere in the small café – the only thing I could fault was the constant tap, tap, tap of the chef’s knives chopping away in the kitchen. But given the size of the place, it couldn’t be helped. A plus to the kitchen only being meters away was that all the amazing cooking smalls wafted our way!
They say you eat with your eyes first, well things were looking very tasty indeed!! The plating for both dishes was pretty as a picture.
Chef K was very pleased with his choice of salt cod fritters ($22.50). They sat on a bed of fluffy scrambled eggs garnished with an apple witlof salad, nori, fennel, sour crème. And since it’s such an attractive dish, here’s another pic…
I chose the gourmet mixed mushrooms ($19.50). Two slow poached eggs oozed through the mushrooms sautéed in a tarragon sauce, crunchy croutons and pea shoots. Toasted rye was on the side – perfect for soaking up the delicious creamy sauce. The scrumptious dish was garnished with nasturtiums – edible flowers.