|you can just see me wearing a scarf at the front of the cafe (photo courtesy of Mr Pickings)|
Billykart is in an old corner store in a leafy, quiet neighbourhood, which has been lovingly refurbished to house (celebrity) chef Ben O'Donoghue's 80-seater licensed cafe. We took a seat outside and made quick decisions on our meals. The breakfast menu finishes at 11 am sadly, as there looked to be heaps of fabulous items, but we made do with the lunch menu (from 11.30 am). I chose salt cod fritters while Mr P had the pulled pork burger which he said was very tasty as the pork was nicely caramelised giving it a great flavour. Not being a pork eater usually, Mr P was pleasantly surprised by this dish. I think Mr P was lucky to have fries on his plate as they were delicious and some of the best fries we have eaten. (Yes I helped myself to some). I thought it somewhat strange that there were no sides listed on the menu at all, not a salad or a fry to be seen though clearly they did have fries in the kitchen. My fritters were very well made and tasty; my only complaint being that even for me the salt lover extraordinaire, they were indeed very salty and therefore a tiny bit bitter. The aioli on my plate was divine and tasted of real garlic (unlike the stuff that comes out of a jar in 99% of eating establishments). The baby rocket was so fresh that I ate it all up. And folks, if you have read my opinion of "weeds" before, you will know that is unusual for me. We had just seen one of the chefs outside in the kerbside garden picking the herbs on Mr P's plate so we knew they were fresh. And what a difference that makes to a dish!
|delish fresh rocket, salt cod fritters and gorgeous aioli $16|
|pulled pork burger with the best fries $24|
|iced mocha $7|
Mr P had his usual strawberry milkshake ($7); he didn't rave about it so I assume it was okay but not superb. When he does get a superb one, you really hear about it:) By this time, it was raining a little and blowing a brisk breeze and I was coat-less but even so, we bravely went ahead with dessert. I had chocolate Nemesis, while Mr P. had strawberry bread. My cake was served with creme fraiche (or mascarpone?) which gave a lovely counterpoint to the sweet, dense cake. I even managed to eat the whole thing which is unusual for me.
|chocolate Nemesis $8|
|strawberry bread $8|
Yes Mr P. had cream and ice-cream. It was sitting on such a pretty plate too. Billykart is open 7 days a week from 6.30 am till 2 pm, and on Friday nights (bookings essential) for dinner. Our waitress was lovely, the food deliciously edible, and the atmosphere very pleasant. I really loved the interior, with books on the shelves, and the old Clifton Hill corner store sign hanging on the back wall. This is somewhere that you can hang out, drink coffee, eat cake and just chill in the casual and well-run establishment. Good fortune for the southsiders who live nearby:)
|love the lights! (and you can buy the Campos coffee)|
|part of the herb garden with citrus trees|