Ivy and Pearl Cafe, Rosanna
Ivy and Pearl are showing that you don’t have to be in the inner ‘burbs to enjoy top quality brunch food. This small, slightly off-the-beaten-track cafe dishes out a very nice menu of dishes!
Food: Chilli Folded Eggs, Breakfast Panacotta, Truffled House Hash
Combining local cafe friendliness with inner city chic, Ivy and Pearl puts a modern twist on a typical suburban cafe. Tucked out of the way on a small row of shops, opposite a primary school, if you’re not from the area you’ll almost feel like you’re getting lost as you continue on past Rosanna train station and out of the village, but this is definitely part of Ivy and Pearl’s charm. It’s almost like a secret club – if you’re in the know, you’ll seek this place out for a great breakfast.
While offering twists on many familiar favourites, the menu’s not extravagant, and where possible ingredients are sourced locally with a frequently changing menu to accommodate this. We were quickly and warmly welcomed, and while from the front, the cafe looks tiny, we were taken to a table in the large, covered courtyard – perfect for a casual brunch and with several tables suited to catering for larger groups. Coincidentally, the team picked out the exact three dishes we’d been eyeing up on the menu for us to try: Breakfast Panacotta, Chilli Folded Eggs and Truffled House Hash.
The panacotta was creamy, yet citrusy – given an extra tang by the madarin gel. We liked how fresh the dish was, with a scattering of fresh berries and a good serve of the house-made nutty granola. The pana flavour itself was really excellent – definitely one of our faves – and combining this with an on-the-savoury-side granola and linseed crisp help make the dish an ideal breakfast choice.
The chilli folded eggs were hearty, served on what I’m starting to think is a Northern Suburbs specialty – a round flat bread. They didn’t hold back on the spice, with Aleppo pepper, spring onion and harissa, but the chunks of creamy feta, dotted atop the thick eggs, help to cool your mouth and this was another dish we really enjoyed. Being folded eggs, it’s a little heavier than your typical chilli scramble so make sure you’re hungry for this one.
Finally, the Truffled House Hash was just sheer perfection. A light brunch dish, it’s definitely a little bit fancier than you’re average breakfast – and we loved it! The rich truffle oil and the crisp, herby hash were just full of flavour, accompanied with a great range of seasonal mushrooms and a perfectly poached egg. With kale pesto and ricotta on the side, there’s a whole range of flavour combinations coming through in this dish, yet it never felt cluttered or confusing. The flavours blended perfectly and this has to be one of the best brunch dishes we’ve had this year!
Address: 31 Davies Street, Rosanna
Mon 7:30am to 3pm
Tue 7:30am to 3pm
Wed 7:30am to 3pm
Thu 7:30am to 3pm
Fri 7:30am to 3pm
Sat 8am to 3pm
Sun 8am to 3pm
Parking: You can park right out front (with no time limit!!)
Getting here on PT: It’s about a 15 minute walk from Rosanna station on the Hurtsbridge line.
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Ivy and Pearl, Rosanna. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.