Kofi Beans, Croydon
Food: Mermaid coconut bowl, Kofi’s E n B, Ricotta Hotcakes
While the rest of Croydon was enjoying a fairly sleepy Sunday, Kofi Beans was packed to the rafters with brunch lovers. There’s plenty of seating out front for those wanting to bring their pet along, a spacious and versatile interior which can cater well to large groups, and even a quirky courtyard out back. Despite the size of the venue we were quickly greeted and staff maintained a welcoming, friendly and efficient service throughout our stay.
The menu is pretty vast, with everything from pizzas to waffles on there. We we’re in a brunch mood so we went for the Kofi E and B, the Mermaid Bowl and the Ricotta hotcakes. I’m on a (involuntary) coffee detox at the moment so I was really impressed with their range of alternative lattes. I tried the blueberry latte, which, while it didn’t have a strong flavour like a tumeric or beetroot latte, was still a tasty caffeine free alternative.
All of our food was very well presented and we loved how they didn’t over complicate the dishes, yet still made them taste good. The Kofi e and b came on a beautiful, soft turkish roll, with perfect eggs and good crispy bacon. On first bite I was worried the aioli would be a little overwhelming, but once you begin eating the taste mellows into a soft, subtle flavour.
The ricotta hot cakes were a huge dish with 3 fairly thick pancakes heaped with fairy floss. The pancakes were really soft and had actual blueberries dotted through them which was a nice touch and added to the flavour. The only small thing we found was that the middle pancake was a little dry as we’d already eaten the ice cream and mopped up most of the coulis not already soaked into the bottom with the first pancake. Next time we’d remember to save some of our ice cream or ask for a small pour over jug of the coulis. However, it’s a fun, enjoyable dish – one of several great looking sweet dishes on their menu!
The mermaid bowl was the the highlight of the meal for me. Not only did it look gorgeous, its was full of fresh fruit and was absolutely delicious. One of my favourite bowls I’ve had. We loved that they were generous with the fruit on top so the dish felt substantial throughout and had lots of colour. This is definitely one we’d head back to order again!
Address: 137 Main Street, Croydon
Mon 8am to 5pm
Tue 8am to 5pm
Wed 8am to 5pm
Thu 8am to 5pm
Fri 8am to 5pm
Sat 8am to 5pm
Sun 8:30am to 4:30pm
Parking: There’s parking on Main Street (just watch the time limit on some of the spaces, they’re 10 mins only) or just around the corner there’s a fairly large car park.
Getting here on PT: It’s less than 5 minutes walk from Croydon Station on the Lilydale line.
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Kofi Beans, Croydon. 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.