You may remember I reviewed some delightful burgers and chicken at the Belaroma Coffee Centre a couple of months ago. This is a venue in Balgowlah, a venue I used to live near and was overwhelmed by the smell of roasting coffee for years, I had never really tried the food before and fell in love with the place after a recommendation from a good friend. They specialise in coffee and their beans are damn fine. Well since my review I have kept in touch with chef, Chris Blatchford, and when they started their new menu recently, I scored a lucky invite to head on down and check it out.
This was a huge score for me, and also slightly for Belaroma, I had just purchased my brand new camera and lenses solely for food photography and I was determined to test the crap out of this camera, I couldn’t be more happy with the photo results so I do apologise in advance – this article will be photo heavy because I want to show off 🙂
The day before my Belaroma visit Chris messaged and told me to bring in some friends because he was going to showcase a lot of the menu, so I hit up some friends and got a crew of 3.5 people, DanO, his lovely wife Dinx, and pint sized beauty Evie were going to join me and rate everything we ingested. However, on the morning only DanO turned up and so it was two of us to face the feast of feasts. Firstly I need to say a huge thanks to Chris, his crew, the head barista Sam McLoughlin, our gorgeous waiter, Jordan McDonnell, and all the peeps from Belaroma, I expected a coffee and some nicely made bacon and eggs and it turned into a feast of the likes I have never seen. It was one of the best breakfast experiences I have ever had and something I will always remember, it is that good I am paying to take my parents there for a feast when they visit next week.
We scored a beautiful seat outside and the sun lighting gods came through for all the pics, we had no idea what was coming and were served, as we sat, two juices, one a superb Beetroot Cleansing Juice (beetroot, apple, carrot, pineapple and mint) and the other a beautiful “Straight Up” Juice (orange juice, apple and coconut). These were sublime and I could not choose one I preferred. These are only $6 each and well worth the health benefits.
I cannot drink full strength coffee since a coffee addiction thing when I was younger, I used to drink about 8-10 coffees a day and eventually it broke me, I am a decaf bitch now, no hate, or I will hunt you down 🙂 So DanO was the coffee judge and jury and Sam’s coffees blew him away, by the end of the breakfast he was speaking like he had just head slammed a 10kg bag of cocaine Tony Montana style but he enjoyed a wicked Pour Over coffee, traditional batch brew coffee and a nice espresso, meanwhile my one and only decaf coffee hit all the high notes of an A-grade coffee for decaf sufferers.
And after this coffee the royal treatment of food began and blew our minds.
Everything got real about here and the food; NOTHING AT ALL I CAN FAULT, this entire breakfast was way too indulgent for two people, I literally had a three hour gap after this before I had to review burgers and I could not stop eating, it was that good, DanO and I literally went walking after the meal while performing birthing labour breathing exercises because we were so full. It is the most I have ever eaten for breakfast EVER and usually I will sample while reviewing but not finish but it was too good to leave unfinished!
This dish, above, was the FRUIT BOMB, it is $13 and consists of layered Hawkesbury citrus, pomegranate, strawberry, Rosewater and walnuts with house-made cashew and vanilla cream. DanO and I seriously thought that cashew and vanilla cream was yoghurt but then learned it was made with nuts and vanilla, I am pretty sure that makes this dish paleo if you can handle all the natural sugar of the divine fruits. This dish was epic, it looks amazing and it tastes even better, for the people who only eat fruit for breakfast, this will make you foodgasm!
Next up was the SOUL PORRIDGE $12 – soy chai, oat porridge with pepitas, walnuts, chia seeds, dried cranberries and seasonal fresh fruit (with a small jug of milk to add). Now, to be honest, I am not a huge porridge fan, but this wasn’t standard porridge, it was porridge of the gods, DanO and I polished it off, it was spectacular.
So far everything we had sampled had been exemplarily and not faulted but then it stepped up a gear and we indulged in the RICOTTA HOTCAKES – served with macadamia butter, banana (that JK normally cannot touch as he hates), berries and maple syrup, lightly dusted in cinnamon. My first foodjizz happened here – just divine and I ATE REAL RAW BANANAS, something I never do, deep fry that shit in coconut and sugary treats Indonesian style and I am all over it but for some reason it worked in this dish for me!! It was very solid and thick hotcakes, they were close to bread consistency and were very filling but all those accompaniments made this dish sublime.
And then it happened, possibly, nay…. definite yes, the best cafe breakfast of all JK time, a dish neither of us would have ordered off the menu and a dish that is not a sexy-looking mofo, but a flavoursome dish that is just everything. It is: BACON AND POTATO HASH $18- potatoes, poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and parmesan crumbs. BELAROMA uses a lot of fresh pork and this dish is basically their bubble and squeak, a dish that allows them not to waste all the pork. Chris roughly chops up all the remaining pork/ bacon bits to make this dish, mixes it with perfect oozing poached eggs and covers with spuds and parmesan crumbs – this is the dish DanO and I fought over to finish – I even wanted to lick the plate clean. I am eating this again with the parental units next week.
And just when I thought I could run off and purge so I could fit more in, along comes something wicked, something delightful and something I finished both jarfulls of: MILKSHAKES 🙂
The shakes were just perfect – not quite as artistic as Patissez in ACT but we did not have to wait three hours for them in the rain and the flavours were just sublime. STRAWBERRY shakes have always been my fave but I have to admit I was more taken by the NUTELLA & PRETZEL this time, it was very much a salted chocolate shake and we both loved it.
All Belaroma’s vegetables and fruit is from Martin Boetz cooks Co-Op (they source all their produce from the Hawkesbury region). Their cow’s milk feta is from Mudgee, the goat’s curd is from Willowbrae Farm and their breads are all handmade from Shepherd’s Bakehouse. All sauces and syrups and everything not listed is internally made or prepped by Belaroma’s chefs or cooks and whilst they do get busy they try to keep all wait times under 20 minutes. They also offer a early bird menu where you can get a free coffee with some of their meals before 8am 7 days a week. They are also licensed and do some wicked lunches until 230pm.
The place specialises in coffee but honestly, their food is on par with the best cafes and restaurants in Sydney, do not let the Northern Beaches or Balgowlah put you off, this is a destination venue with a nice warm interior or a wicked outdoor area on a patio off the street (this includes some funky gas heaters).
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and Belaroma has pretty much become my favourite indulgent breakfast venue. The venue, the coffee, the wait-staff, the chef, the food, the atmosphere, the barista, all flawless. I know we were invited guests and spoiled but I saw these dishes being served to other patrons and they all looked as good and while we arrived early, by the time we left it was packed to the rafters. Belaroma is one of my favourite venues now in Sydney to eat, looking forward to hitting up their lunch menu soon.
To everyone involved at Belaroma thanks again for the invite and for spoiling us .