Sweet Evelyn is one of the most darling names for a cafe I have ever heard, which made it easy to remember when suggesting a local spot to meet a dear friend for a long overdue brunch. Its location in a suburban part of Brunswick meant that on an (admittedly rather chilly) Sunday morning we didn’t need to battle the crowds, making the experience extra sweet. Oh wait, there were a few things that made it extra sweet, but I’ll get to that.
There’s plenty of savoury though too and so that was how we started the day.
I went with one of the specials – Pearl Barley and Dukkah Breakfast salad ($18)
Sticking the word salad in there makes it healthy right, even with a great big serve of grilled chorizo? 🙂 If only all salads could taste this good. The ‘salad’ was packed with herbs, dusted with a lightly spiced dukkah, and topped with that
healthy chorizo and a couple of perfectly poached eggs.
My friend chose the Quesadilla filled with beans, capsicum, corn and melted cheese, served with guacamole and spicy chipotle sauce ($14) plus poached eggs ($3.50)
She was a little disappointed; although all the elements were nice it just didn’t come together for her and was a little plain.
However most disappointments can be eased with doughnuts.
You cannot go to a place called Sweet Evelyn and not eat sweets. We had eyed off the huge brioche doughnuts as soon as we walked in and were delighted to realise there were some mini ones so that we could try all three flavours of custard filling.
Pretty hard to pick a favourite but there was something about the simplicity of the vanilla custard that won my heart. The doughnuts had a gorgeous fluffy texture and a lovely crunchy coating.
I had also noticed a Snickers milkshake on the menu and the lovely waiter was kind enough to make us kiddy serves so that I could try it without being a total glutton 🙂
Yum. Just like a Snickers only milkshake. The flavours were a perfect combination of caramel, chocolate, peanut and even something nougat-like with just a touch of saltiness to balance all the sweet.
Being a kind and generous soul I took a Nutella cupcake home for my love.
The fluffy extra dark chocolate cake was topped with a light and fluffy Nutella buttercream. Yes I had a taste, purely for journalistic purposes you understand.
Sweet Evelyn is a delightful little neighbourhood gem that I will most certainly be returning to. There are not enough cafes that make their own sweets and even fewer who make them as good as this. Add to that a cosy atmosphere and friendly, welcoming staff and Sweet Evelyn most certainly lives up to its name.