Lady Marmalade Cafe had sneak peeks of their new menu on Instagram… I immediately made note to go in and visit!
Here’s the strange thing, I had never been before. My work is just around the corner from Lady Marmalade Cafe in Stones corner (I’m in the Gabba) and yet I hadn’t visited – mind blowing as it is now my new fave and local!
When I arrived I met Sonja who owns the cafe with her partner Howard and their passion and excitement for the cafe and the food is absolutely infectious. Sonja told us the story of how they found their new Chef and I love it too much not to share. So they found themselves in a position where they needed a new head Chef and Howard asked Sonja if she could choose any Chef, who would be be? Well the answer was Victor from Sirromet who previously owned the cafe they used to dine regularly at when they married. Two days later, Victor applied. Needless to say he took the job and now has full control of the menu and is creating beautiful, fresh and creative options with premium ingredients.
How do I know they’re premium? Well I ate there for starters but you’ll remember by adoration of Casa Motta and Alessandro who taught us how to make mozarella a few months ago. Alessandro makes the burrata for the parma at the cafe fresh each day. A-mazing.
Lady Marmalade is bigger than I expected. Heaps of space inside and out. The place was pumping for a Saturday late lunch at 1.45pm – goes to show it’s good. As does the chorus of ‘yummm’, and ‘this is amazing’ from all the diners.
Our juices arrived, with recycled bamboo straws. Adorable and deliciously refreshing and zesty. Also, love the glassware from the lady marmalade French era that the cafe has taken its style influence from. I want some for home.
Back to the food. The Burrata was sooo incredibly fresh. Delicate and subtle and just divine with the truffle honey and prosciutto. Great quality ingredients. Refreshing salad mm. Highly recommend.
The porcini gnocchi is amazing. I didn’t realise that the gnocchi itself would have the procini in it which was a lovely surprise and unique flavour. The crunch from the chestnuts and sage leaves was perfect and the sauce was delicate and pumpkin-y.
Sooo I was full. And so was Dave. But that apple pie french toast was calling our name for desert so it took little convincing for us to give in. Once you pour on the sweet, sweet salted caramel sauce, inside is the amazing stewed apples and oh my life! Just give it a go yourself.
This was one of my favourite reviews so far. I loved the passion on Sonja, the energy of the cafe and obviously the food was incredible. You have to try the new menu! I will be back for both breakfast (served all day) and lunch items. The coconut creamed rice, ricotta buttermilk pancakes, local cuttlefish and seared scallops are calling my name!
Let me know your faves when you head in to Lady Marmalade Cafe.
*While this dining experience was complimentary, this blog is true and authentic. I just love the place and can’t wait to go back and try the rest of their menu.