A friends birthday is the perfect excuse to gather the troops and discover a new (to us anyway) cafe! Last weekend saw my lovely friend F celebrate another birthday, in style of course, and the first stop on “The Day Of F” was a lovely foodie gathering at Northbridge’s Tarts Cafe. With an extensive menu and reviews to boot it was the perfect spot for celebration.
Located on a leafy, semi suburban street outside the hustle and bustle of central NB, Tarts is part food haven, part artsy shopping central. As well as tables galore and glorious food you could easily shop up a storm after eating, with gorgeous handmade and local wares for sale. I will admit I was eyeing off a few treasures, so that will definitely be one reason to head back to the cute cafe.
Thankfully Tarts takes bookings, because the popular spot was buzzing on this particular Saturday morning. Seated by a friendly waiter we pursued the menu, deciding on coffee and fresh juices to start the day. Birthday girl F went with the vibrant freshly squeezed juice featuring beetroot and apple whilst V, L and I couldn’t start the day without coffee. My Soy Long Macchiato was strong and smooth, and although it could have been a little bit hotter it went down easily.
Now onto the food. Tarts is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with three different menus, and something for everyone. The brunch menu is large and served from 7am-3pm with the lunch treats kicking in from 12pm. Gluten free and vegetarian options are also available so GF L was super impressed with the various choices. After much decision she went with the Potato Head ($19.90), a poached egg topped potato cake, served with asparagus, mushroom, spinach and hollandaise. The dish looked delicate yet glutinous, smothered in thick house made hollandaise. Fresh and flavoursome, L was very impressed.
Birthday girl F couldn’t pass up the freshly baked quiche of the day, a Spinach and Cheese Quiche ($14.90), proudly on display on the countertop. Served with salad, the pastry was thick and flaky and the soft, eggy goodness inside the pie looked delish! Happy birthday girl!
V was feeling adventurous on this particular morning so he opted for the Christo ($15.90), a hollowed out avocado shell filled with sun dried tomato, salmon, rocket and avocado. Served on a bed of asparagus and featuring an oozing poached egg and thick cut ciabatta, the dish looking insane! Although V was a little bit disappointed with the size of the avocado feature (perhaps two halves would have been better), he did enjoy the dish. The poached eggs were gooey, the asparagus was well cooked and he did enjoy the flavours.
And what did I order? For once it wasn’t the salmon! I opted for the Savoury Cake ($17.90), a corn and zucchini fritter topped with poached egg, salsa, goats cheese, avocado and wilted spinach. As recommended I did add an order of crispy chorizo sausage ($4) to my dish and what a great suggestion that was. The savoury “cake” was light and fluffy, with a good balance of corn sweetness against the zucchini. It was cooked perfectly, with no sogginess noted. The home made tomato and basil salsa added a great freshness to the dish, working perfectly with the creaminess of the cheese. Eggs were cooked well with a good amount of goo and I loved the addition of the chorizo.
We may have even picked up a few sweet treats for later on, and I highly reccomend the Lemon and Pistachio slice. Mmm. Get tarty for your next brunch date. It’ll be fresh, fulfilling and fun. And don’t forget the shopping element!
What is your favourite breakfast order?