As the plate of Dulce De Leche French Toast wends its way to our table, diners eyes are glued to it – a thick slab of eggy brioche comes adorned with a perfectly set, soft caramel panna cotta, dollop of mascarpone and a bruleed slice of peach.
A combination of fresh, freeze-dried and pureed seasonal fruit, tiny meringue kisses and purple flowers complete this pretty picture – it deserves the attention it receives. Thankfully, it’s not all about looks because the taste buds get the same wow-factor treatment.
This showstopper of a dish isn’t a one-off. Everything set before is gasp-worthy. For us, the balance of flavours and texture on the Shaka Brah Salad needs a standing ovation – salty grilled halloumi, sweet baby beets, and soft pumpkin, crispy pancetta, toasty walnuts and a tangy schmear of beet-flavoured yoghurt are complemented by perfectly dressed quinoa and kale. Ditto for the Soft Shell Crab Benedict with red curry hollandaise, squid ink brioche and broccolini – much kudos for taking brunch flavours into another stratosphere.
Major Tom is the latest offering from hospitality duo Fran Mazza and Aaron Carson, who brought us Epsom's Hello Friends + Allies, Parnell’s Winona Forever. It’s destined to be another instant hit. Borrowing some of the same vibes of its sister cafe, this offering is a glass-walled space with polished concrete floors and a surrealist wall mural.
Yes, the duo are David Bowie fans, making Major Tom’s position on the corner of Apollo and Orbit Drive a serendipitous location. Albany folk are very lucky to have this in their local repertoire but we’re willing to make the drive from further afield too. It really has made the grade.
Major Tom Cafe,
87 Apollo Drive,
09 216 5514
Opening hours: 7am – 4pm