Curators Collective, 778 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds. Phone: 9042 4560
Consider The Sauce visited the cafe in Queens Park several years ago – it was known then as Olivers Garden.
Had an OK meal.
Then promptly thought no more of the place.
Lately, though, we’ve got a hot tip that things have changed – management, name, food.
So we’re here on a lovely late spring day to check it out.
In truth, and in terms of the building, furniture and all-round vibe, not much at all seems to have changed.
We take a nicely shaded table outside.
This is not our normal practice but there’s no wind and thankfully the pigeons at ground outnumber the flies in air.
The menu (see below) comprises a fairly typical cafe line-up.
We avoid the beef and chook burgers, and I prevail upon my son to choose something other than the Pork Bennie of eggs with pulled pork on a muffin.
So he goes the reuben sandwich ($15), with chips extra ($3).
It’s a good sandwich, with lusty tang from the sauerkraut, good corned beef, cheese, mustard and pickles.
The chips are hot and fine.
I scarf a good handful of the chips to compensate for the fact my farro & beets salad ($15.50) is undoubtedly the most insidiously healthy thing I’ve eaten all year.
Happily, it’s also extremely tasty.
The “beetroot three ways” seems more like three kinds of beetroot but they’re all delicious, mixing it in lightly dressed and grand style with spinach, blood orange, goat’s cheese and heaps of chewy grains.
After that, it seems only right to let Bennie off the leash to enjoy one of Curators Collective “Deth Shakes” ($12).
Ours (top photograph) is a grinningly evil and delicious mix of dark chocolate Oreo milkshake, chocolate, chocolate brownie, coconut, cream and Persian fairy floss.
It tastes real good.
I know … because Bennie told me so.
I didn’t try any of it.
Curators Collective is a very nice spot!
(This story has been sponsored by Moonee Valley City Council. But in all other regards it is a regular Consider The Sauce post – we chose the restaurant and when to eat there; we ordered what we wanted and paid for it ourselves; and neither oversight nor an editorial role were sought by the council.)