It’s been less than a week since my last update and SO much has changed! I am proud to say (for once) that I am finally enrolled in a degree I am genuinely excited about. I feel like I have hurdled over a few milestones within these few days: new degree, completing one successful drive without my mum screaming, cleaning my room and having the heart to throw away 50% of my crap, overcoming the painful pimple in my nose, building an alpaca nanoblock and (something a little more relevant) getting over 10,000 views on my little blog! To others, it’s a pretty small number; to me, it’s a huge milestone and a great source of motivation. So thank you to all of you who continue to support what I love doing (that is, writing essays about food over and over again, basically repeating the same thing with different synonyms provided kindly by Google) and the friends who always encourage me to do more. HOORAY FOR POSITIVITY!
Let’s keep that positive attitude for a little longer for this blog post about a small but impressive cafe, Element 6, located in the humble suburb, West Ryde. This place was actually chosen by a friend of mine – usually I love it when people choose restaurants for me, especially when it’s usually me doing the choosing (that’s what you get for being a food blogger, I guess). Actually, we came here because I lost a bet I though for sure I would win (and was so very wrong) and I had to shout him food. But hey – the food was good so I will just pretend I was just doing a good deed.
Located conveniently just 2-3mins walk from West Ryde Station, Element 6 is a surprisingly busy hotspot for the locals in what seems to be a very quiet suburb. And I can see why – the interior might look like every other cafe nowadays but I feel that it’s a very modest cafe with the warm lighting and small seating areas.
One great thing about cafes in general is that they serve a great variety of drinks suited for everyone. We all ordered a drink each, and of course I chose the Devil’s Affogato because well, the name sounded pretty badass and the weather was calling for it. Great shot of espresso and even better creamy vanilla ice cream. Once you mix them together, you just get a bittersweet heaven that goes smoothly in your mouth. The Iced Mocha is a great option for those who prefer a sweeter option; though obviously the Strawberry Milkshake takes the crown for most sugar.
These are like, all my favourite (non-meat) things on one plate. Beautifully seasoned mushrooms, perfectly poached eggs displaying all that yolk porn for the world to see, a generous slab of halloumi cheese on one of the best breads ever – sourdough.
We got so excited over this because it’s quite a generous amount of food here for under $20! Most big breakfasts I’ve had are usually around $20. I want one of these right now – it’s a dish you’ll definitely feel satisfied afterwards. Ughhhhhh that bacon… them eggs…. THOSE BAKED BEANS WERE SO GOOD, TOO!
Halloumi instantly gives you bonus points. Baked eggs will also give you a few more. However, after my spiritual experience with baked eggs at Hardware Societe in Melbourne, nothing can ever compare. It feels like an unrequited first love. Where’s my perfect baked eggs? Okay, no seriously though, this wasn’t a bad dish at all. It’s spiced with some great Moroccan flavours, and it’s of a good consistency – not too runny. The halloumi was a random addition but hey, I can eat that by itself. The green sauce (sorry I have no idea what it is) was very interesting and had a refreshing taste to it. Would’ve been a pretty great dish if it had a few more textures.
CONCLUSION: So this place is pretty great. It’s one of those small, friendly cafes I wish I had right down my road so I could visit and have the same things over and over. Sadly, I live in a hole where the only cafe that is within walking distance is in a forest that I don’t wish to alone. Anyway, the dishes were fairly priced, the coffee was decent, service was good and I really don’t have many bad things to say about it. It is a little on the small side but since it’s more of a local cafe more than anything, it’s quite suitable. I’ll definitely be back because the rest of the stuff on the menu sounds delicious.
Recommended dish(es): Anything your heart desires!