479 Crown Street
Ph: 02 9698 8108
We are a bit perplexed as to how a cafe going by the name of "Mad Spuds", has escaped our attention for so long.
Buggles and I are long-term lovers of the humble spud - and are constanly on the search for inspired potato offerings.
So finally having heard about Mad Spuds (thanks to them following us on twitter), we quickly decide a visit is in order - and soon.
According to the cafe website, Mad Spuds sources their organic potatoes from Robertson, NSW. The potatoes are grown in rich red volcanic soil, and watered from natural springs and are an excellent source of fibre, low in fat and the skin is rich in vitamins and minerals - you don't need to convince us!!
So this Saturday morning as we awake with a craving for a spuddy breakfast, we make our way to Mad Spuds Cafe.
Mad Spuds is a couple of doors away from another fave of ours 'fouratefive'.
We grab a table and look over the 'spud' laden menu.
The whole trip over all I could think about was potato - yet after looking at the menu, what actually takes my fancy is Toasted banana bread with ricotta, strawberries & rose water - and can I say, it is an inspired choice.
The bread is lightly toasted and is very moist - it is full of banana flavour. It is topped with lush, creamy ricotta; scrumptious candied walnuts and sweet, juicy, fresh strawberries - the accompanying strawberry & peach(?) purees are divine. There is the slightest hint of rosewater - enough to make it perfect.
Buggles goes with Chorizo Bruschetta - local chorizo, grilled tatti bread, haloumi, fig and spinach.
The chorizo is rich and meaty with a hint of spice - the haloumi is well cooked and 'bendy', it's saltiness really complements the 'revelation' on the plate that is - the grilled tatti bread. This fried potato bread is crispy and slightly chewy with a satisfying potato hit. Buggles is very lucky that I choose to let her enjoy it alone.
We also each order a side of the cheesy, crispy spud skins - no more needs to be said really, except that they are as delicious as they sound.
So there ends breakfast number 1 at Mad Spuds Cafe - to say there will be a number 2, number 3, number 4..... is a given.