We’re always on the hunt for a good new place to visit and driving through Enmore and Marrickville one day we spotted ‘Ladies and Gentlemen cafe diner’. It’s in a quiet spot and we would describe this as a neighbourhood cafe. Plenty of locals are frequenting the cafe but if you’re coming from afar there’s also ample spots to park. We like this area for it is not as busy as the main strips you’ll find in Marrickville, Enmore and Newtown.
From outside it looks trendy, typical of the Marrickville cafes.
Inside it’s minimalist, wooden tables and some cool wall art. Fiona, one of the owners also showcases some of her floristry.
One of the great things about this cafe is the absolutely delightful owners. Ben and Fiona are originally from Taiwan (a country we absolutely love, so we instantly felt a connection here), and Fiona (chef) has also spent time working in fine dining establishments in France and Singapore. This duo have invested their time and energy into this cafe, creating a menu that is inspired, shows culinary technique in flavour combinations. We honestly feel that behind a great venue and food has to be matched with staff, and we feel that’s definitely the case here.
The menu is extensive, with dishes highlighting fresh and natural ingredients that show lovely flavours and presentation. We feel the prices here are also very reasonable. For example, blueberry pancakes are only $8.
We’re in a dining party of three and opt to share a few things. If porridge is on a menu, and no matter the weather, I’ll be sure to order it. The porridge here was different to most I’ve had, but in a good way. Their Millet & brown rice porridge is only $12 and is super generous in size. Made with millet, brown rice, quinoa and cooked warm with almond milk and topped with roasted pears, sultanas, mixed seeds, shredded coconuts and maple syrup. Creamy and delicious. It’s a good option for those on a gluten free, vegetarian or vegan diet.
Followed up by their beets & feta for $17, was a stack of beetroot and feta cheese patties served with avocado, cabbage slaw, sunflower seeds, walnuts, alfalfa and a poached egg. These were soft patties packed with flavour and we really enjoyed these.
The highlight for us was their Taiwanese pockets for $13.50 ($3.50 extra for fries) as these reminded us fondly of our trip there. Two pita pockets were filled with a light Taiwanese style fried chicken, Shredded cabbage, sweet and sour cucumber and aioli. Super moreish and we’d be back for these in a heartbeat.
Finishing off with the visually stunning and stomach satisfying French toast. Their Coconut French toast was sitting atop home made chocolate soil, served with fresh fruits, roasted almond flakes and topped with whipped cream and maple syrup. We’re sure this will be a crowd favourite.
The menu has a really good range of sweet and savoury items. Breakfast wraps, muesli, omelettes, as well as a few Taiwanese influenced meals like their rice bowl and Pork shogayaki. It’s really quite appropriate for anyone of any age and dietary requirements.
See the menu here for more details.
Drink wise, they have nice coffee and specialty tea. I enjoyed the Taiwanese, as well as in house made iced tea. We tried the refreshing apple on our visit.
The heartwarming nature of Ben and Fiona has been showcased in this cafe, which serves up quality food. We hope to encourage you to visit and see for yourselves.
Tue to Fri 6:30 – 15:00
Sat to Sun 8:00 – 16:00