Hemingway? Hmm, yes I have read one or 2 of his books. But I prefer delving into the works of his amazing spouse Martha Gellhorn. Ernest was her middle husband of 3. She was a travel writer, novelist and journalist, and one of the first female war correspondents. Definitely one of my heroines. (Nicole Kidman played her in a recent movie, too.)
Moving right along folks to a recent lunch we had at Hemingway's (formerly Sip Cafe). It was a Public Holiday, so we were a wee bit worried that nothing would be open. But thankfully there were quite a few places awaiting the hungry hordes. (Naughty naughty! Labour Day should be a holiday for all, I reckon).
Hemingway has the usual suspects: toasty, bready, eggy dishes. They also had some more interesting items on the menu like muesli, fruit loaf and a chia and coconut pudding on offer. The Public Holiday specials included zucchini fritters, a dish of meatballs, and bubble and squeak so definitely some variants there.
|espresso Iced Deliciousness $6.50 ($7.50 on the menu)|
You could have either espresso or dark chocolate sauce in this. I asked for both. They asked did I mean mocha? I was confused - what else is mocha but chocolate and coffee flavours together? I got both, and yes clearly I did want mocha. :=)
|mixed berry smoothie $6.50 ($7.50 on the menu)|
Mr P. went for the zucchini fritters special. He liked this dish. It was fresh and full of flavour; and the beetroot relish was a winner. His only caveat was the somewhat overwhelming amount of dill in the fritters, and on the plate.
|zucchini fritters w/- haloumi, fetta, beetroot relish + poached egg $18 ($20.70 on the menu)|
|Atlantic Eggs Benedict with salmon $15.50 ($17.80 on the menu)|
Here are the things I didn't really like about my lunch: the muffin thingy was too sweet. (Not sure where this horrible idea of having sweet bread/buns in a savoury dish came from, but please stop it now everyone!). I found the balsamic syrup/glaze also just way too sweet. Sorry to say it didn't add anything to the dish. The salmon was a generous serve, so no complaints there.
The café is in a pleasant area of Teneriffe in an old woolstore. Beautiful plumage! No, I mean bricks. (sorry non-Monty Python fans). The street is tree-lined which adds greenery and coolth (yes this is a real word) to the atmosphere. Slightly higher chairs would be lovely though. I feel like a child peering over the adults' table sometimes.
(The price difference on the menu was due to the Public Holiday surcharge which increased the price we paid for these meals).
|such beauteous brickwork|
|a charming bit of pyrography on the tabletops|
54 Vernon Tce., Teneriffe
Ph: 3257 1799