Sloane Ranger, Cremorne

8/20/2017 , 0 Comments

Sloane Ranger is a relatively new cafe in Cremorne, a short walk from Richmond Station on a side street off Swan Street. I initially thought the name of the cafe was somehow a play on the term 'Lone Ranger', but turns out it's a term quite commonly used in the UK referring to young upper class people who pursue a fashionable lifestyle (thanks Wikipedia)!

The interior of the cafe appears very spacious, especially with the high ceilings and large windows allowing natural light to flow in. There are booths towards the back of the cafe, and large communal tables as well as smaller one for groups of two to four people are scattered in the front half. The light wooden aesthetics, together with the plants decorating one of the walls, provide a cosy and comfortable atmosphere. Upbeat music plays softly in the background, and the place was relatively empty for a Sunday morning, though did get busier as we were there. The staff were attentive and friendly and our food didn't take too long to arrive.

The menu at Sloane Ranger isn't very extensive, however it does have some dishes that are different to your typical brunch foods, and they also have gluten free and vegan options available. The dishes we went with were Dr Marty's Crumpets ($15), Chilli Scrambled Eggs ($18) and Cheesey Cauliflower Fritters ($16). Drinks wise, we got two lattes ($3.50) and a hot chocolate ($4). The lattes had a lovely milky taste and the coffee's aromatic flavour came through nicely, however it wasn't as strong as some other coffees. The hot chocolate was on the sweet side which is how I like it, and was nice and creamy.

The crumpets came with toffee apples, mascarpone, candied pistachios, vanilla floss and a blackberry compote. The crumpets themselves were warm and very crispy, and didn't become soggy by the end even with all the other elements on top. The toffee apple wasn't too sweet which was surprising, but was good as the dish would've otherwise become sickly sweet by the end, and the apple itself was still firm and crunchy. There were a lot of different textures and flavours in the dish, such as the crunchy pistachio, together with the sweet vanilla floss and the acidity of the berry compote to make for an enjoyable dish that wasn't overly sweet or too filling.

The chilli scrambled eggs came with bacon and manchego cheese, and was served with a slice of toast. The eggs were fluffy and the bacon bits throughout gave the dish extra flavour, however the chilli flavour wasn't really there at all and we found that we had to add pepper for additional taste, even with the cheese on the side. The toast was nice and crunchy and didn't become soggy underneath all the scrambled eggs which was really great, and not too tough to cut into either.

The cheesy cauliflower fritters came with a spiced tomato relish, chorizo and a poached egg on top. The fritters were crunchy and you could taste some cauliflower bits throughout, though it was also a bit doughy at times, and you couldn't really tell that there was cheese in the fritter. The spiced tomato relish however was really delicious, and brought the whole dish together nicely with the heat, however might not be for everyone as it is quite spicy. The chorizo was also really great, not too salty or tough to cut into, and the egg was cooked perfectly with the yolk oozing out when cut into. I felt that the portion was a little on the smaller side, perhaps another fritter would've been more filling.

Despite some little downsides to the dishes, it was a really enjoyable experience at Sloane Ranger, and worth a try if you're in the Richmond area!

Ambience: 8/10
Service: 7.5/10
Food: 7.5/10

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