My favourite meal of the day is breakfast.
2012 Lisa would have hated the thought of getting out of bed before 12pm, ignoring everyone's attempts to wake her up. But since I changed jobs, 6am wake ups are compulsory and breakfast was fortunately in my diet again. Breakfast is most definitely the most important meal of the day, as it fuels you with energy and keeps you full for longer.
Sometimes when I ponder about my gastronomy adventure, I think to myself... how do I justify spending $20 on a big breakfast? What's so good about drinking liquids from a jar through a striped straw? Do I want to order a tea or coffee? All my questions were answered at Snow Pony , a quaint little cafe in Balwyn.
Freshly squeezed OJ - $4.50
This wasn't that great to be honest... just tasted like they poured juice from a big Daily Orange Company bottle. It's probably because the juice was served 'in a jar' which makes it soOOOooOoOoo much cooler. A lot of places are doing that now, which makes my photos look much more interesting! Let's be honest, it wasn't worth the $4.50 just for an aesthetically pleasing way to drink your beverage. But juice is better than coffee I guess.
~ Welcome to the Side Courtyard ~
Snow Pony looks small on the outside but is extremely spacious on the inside. There is the main area when you first walk in, there's the side courtyard where I was seated, there's an indoor room for groups and there's the back courtyard. Fortunately for the patrons, there were 8 waiters working, four gals and four guys so everything was prompt and efficient.
One word: crap. They didn't leave it in long enough so it was bland. One of my favourite chai places is HANDS DOWN the Little Creatures Dining Hall and the Iced Chai at Lazy Moes!
I was going to order a coffee but I didn't want to stay awake all night so I opted for a different option. I only found out recently whilst having coffee with an old friend that a Chai Latte isn't actually coffee... The barista at Cupcake Central told us that instead of the 'espresso' shot, it's replaced with tea extractions. I did some google research and apparently Chai Latte was 40g of caffeine compared to 120g in a coffee, so despite the name it's not actually classified as a coffee. Can anyone confirm this for me ??? I'd love to know!
Look at that portion size! Amaze!!!
Giddy Up $18.90
I've had a lot of big breakfasts in my time, and this has got to be one of the FRESHEST I've ever eaten!!!!!!!!! The serving of smashed avocado was too large, I would have much prefered a bigger serving of the mushrooms because they were delish! The organic toast was a bit too tough for my liking, I couldn't even cut it with my knife so I wasn't sure how my teeth would handle it. Overall it was definitely worth the money. Everything was so perfectly put together, and it tasted just as good as it looks :)
Smashed Avocado with Poached Eggs $18.90
I could never be a vegetarian. I love meat too much. This dish had no meat, but was still very nice. I don't really like goat cheese as the flavour is too overwhelming. The colours go well together so well, and I can tell that they pride themselves on presentation. The poached eggs were perfectly cooked on both dishes. Well done Snow Pony chefs!
The side courtyard. It got a bit warm after a while. The guy sitting by himself complained and asked the waitress to turn the music down because it was too loud. Good on him, I couldn't even hear myself think for a long time but didn't think anything of it at the time.
Peek a boo! A canvas on the back of the wall of the cashier! I definitely would recommend this place to anyone who loves a good brunch. It's located in a random space but worth the travel if you live far. The only thing that annoyed me that it was CASH ONLY, meaning we had to go to Caltex across from Balwyn Cinema to get cash out.
How cute, the business card matches the big canvas (pictured above)!
I love it when things are matching :)
Address: 95 Whitehorse Road Balwyn VIC 3103
Contact: 9816 8911
Hours: 7 days a week, 8am - 4pm but kitchen closes at 3pm