Deep in the depths of ‘hanger’ in our maiden trip to Eastwood at midday, how on earth did the misses and I find ourselves so desperate for a good brunch? This probably explains the situation.
Café Centro is a ‘hole in the wall’ nestled amongst a rag-tag bunch of Asian noodle houses and grocers on the main strip. I smile in utter confusion.
Actually the staff are top notch – attentive, quick service and happy to recommend dishes. I noted the petite figure of the waitress and conclude not to ask advice on portion size. Coffee looks good but $4 proves too big an obstacle for me.
Menu choices are plain-Jane but and well-priced ( under $16). I love it when what you read is what you eat – toast, benedict eggs, pancakes and fritters with various add-ons.
Poached eggs on crispy potato cake with smoked salmon and watercress – $15.50
Salmon portion is generous, watercress adds a ‘pepperiness’ but the potato cake lacks the crisp-factor. Not bad, not great.
Scrambled egg with peas & speck on sourdough – $14.00
More a process of elimination with curiosity over peas & speck besting me. FYI ‘speck’ is just bacon.
Idea of peas cooked in stock and roughly smashed is exciting. Floating bacon bits detract from what is a healthy option, but the saltiness helps some pretty ordinary scrambled eggs. The bread underlay is thin enough to offend a carb lover like myself.
Today’s experience? Fast service, ordinary food but a full stomach.
Food (♦♦) – clean flavours, bad produce.
Value (♦♦♦♦) – when you compete with Asian noodle houses, rock-bottom pricing is a must.
Other (♦♦♦♦) – staff are genuinely happy people.
Overall (♦♦♦) – gut feel says this could be one of the better cafes in the area.
So despite an non-promiscuous menu, Cafe Centro gets my stamp of approval as a simple, satisfying feed if you happen to be in Eastwood.
Will I be returning?