Cafe Eighty Ate, Crows Nest (Nov-14) (♦♦♦)

Cafe Eighty Ate, Crows Nest (Nov-14) (♦♦♦)

Cafe Eighty Ate, Crows Nest (Nov-14) (♦♦♦)

Cafe Eighty Ate is a medium-sized, semi-outdoor local cafe that sits on West Street. ‘Ate‘ in the name is a real draw-card for me. I also run/ride past this place on the way to work most mornings.

Judging a brunch venue comes down to taste, value and size; all three are intrinsically correlated. A dish is only good value if it tastes good and I go home satisfied…My caveat? I eat healthy, am frugal and have a big appetite.

The stock menu is completely uninspiring and revolves around eggs and other staples (french toast, bacon, pancakes). Pricing is mid-range and an omelette costs $12.90.

Luckily there is a few’weekend specials; six to choose and pricer at $15-19. My eyes instantly fix on “shakshuka with poached eggs” which I know to be a very safe bet. Tragically Lorie thinks the same way and I am left with a menu staple, avocado and salsa on toast plus 2 poached eggs.

Shakshuka with poached eggs – $19

The tomato type of baked eggs. Highly aromatic, rich tomato base that has a mild chilli kick. It’s got that chukiness that’s mandatory for textural happiness.

Hats off to the kitchen for the use of dukkah. This gives a rough, ‘earthy’ flavour.

Avocado and salsa ($10.50) with two poached eggs ($3.60)

My avocado on toast is satisfying enough, reasonably presented but essentially what you’d expect from a half decent kitchen. Got bored with this, switched over to the baked eggs to the protestation of my wife. Guilt free and happy!

Seen this food before, and no doubt will cross paths with this type menu again…
(♦=terrible, ♦♦♦♦♦=superb)

Food (♦♦♦♦) – decent sized baked eggs dish that is tasty. Rest of the menu boring.
Value (♦♦) – core items are reasonable for North Shore, specials touch expensive.
Other (♦♦♦♦) nice, open setting, pram friendly. Small kitchen so food churn is too slow.
Overall (♦♦♦) – over-priced, small kitchen that can execute basic dishes.

Will I be returning?

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