Cafe Sunshine & SalamaTea, 21 Dickson Street, Sunshine. Phone: 0491 605 775
CTS observed yesterday, on the Cafe Sunshine Facebook page, a very nice looking falafel plate being spruiked.
A dish that wasn’t on the menu when we visited at the weekend.
And the dishes enjoyed on two previous solo visits by CTS senior are no longer on the current menu (see below), either.
Cafe Sunshine & SalamaTea is a newish operation right in the heart of Sunshine.
If they’re still finding their feet, some menu tinkering is for sure in order.
Even better, I suspect new and surprising dishes will continue to pop up here with regularity, depending on the whims and passions of whoever is in the kitchen and what is available from the joint’s suppliers.
This will suit anyone prepared to go with the freewheeling flow of the place.
Perhaps not so much those who expect a menu to be a menu and that’s that.
That would very much be their loss – for the food here is rather wonderful, provides a distinct point of difference in Sunshine and is ultra-affordable.
As well, the place is also very much about providing employment and more for refugees and asylum seekers. See Star Weekly story here.
The simple fare is largely of Persian nature, with eggs the big players, in a warm and welcoming cafe.
And I’m told evening meals are in the soon-come category.
Bennie likes his Persian breakfast ($13) very much – including the tahini dip flavoured with honey.
This is a surprise to his father, as it tastes just like the halva he generally sneers at.
Also included are fig jam, butter and a concoction of walnut and sheep feta.
All this is teamed with Afghan flat bread sourced from the Afghan bakery that has opened up just around the corner on Hampshire Road.
I share the same basket of bread – more is happily supplied upon request – with my Persian omelette ($15).
This is simple and sensational – eggs and feta sent into the dizzy heights by the plethora of fresh mint and other herbs on the side.
The vegan baklava (top photo, $3) does show the absence of butter – it’s drier than regular baklava – but is still enjoyable, as are our $3.50 cafe lattes.
Enjoyed by me on previous visits were a tangy noodle soup utilising a variety of pulses and …
… Persian scrambled eggs with feta and herbs.
Yes – a very, very close relative of my weekend omelette!