Last week I ventured out to Darling Cafe in South Yarra with some fellow food bloggers and had a darling breakfast with darling company. From my understanding this spot, right on the corner of Toorak Rd and Darling St has had a few cafes come in and out of it in the last few years, but this gorgeous spot looks set to make its mark and become one of South Yarra’s little darlings.
What struck me first about Darling was how beautiful it is. Gorgeous marble benches, brass fittings, gorgeous native flower arrangements deck out the light filled interior. Brunching is fun enough on its own without sitting in such a beautiful environment to eat in.
Speaking of pretty, that brings me to my breakfast. I had seen Darling’s beautiful Acai Bowl on Instagram and knew I just had to try it. Normally I can’t get away from a hot breakfast, but its beauty dragged me in and it paid off with a gorgeous, nourishing, filling, refreshing smoothie bowl that I thoroughly enjoyed. The bowl itself had a gorgeous mango and banana flavour, and the toppings were lovingly placed and gave it a fantastic texture, particularly the caramelized buckini’s. This is the kind of breakfast that you dream about long after you eat it, and I wish that this cafe was around the corner from me so I can eat it whenever I want.
The rest of the table stuck with some hot breakfasts and we all went with veggo options, but I enjoyed seeing how differently Darling had plated up common brunch items- the breakfast bruschetta, the vegetarian breakfast and the smashed avo all looked different from what you see everywhere else.
I dare anyone who visits Darling to attempt to pay at the counter without at least dreaming about trying one of their delicious baked goods… It is a lure I couldn’t resist. A cabinet stocked with Doughboys Doughnuts, Oregano Scrolls and Butterbing cookies quickly unraveled my good intentions of having a ‘healthy’ breakfast and I walked away with a doughnut AND a butterbing. I think I need to work on that whole willpower thing… or not.
A lovely addition to the Toorak Rd side of South Yarra.
I hope you had a delicious weekend!