The Moody Chef, St Leonards

You know how cheers is a bar where everyone knows your name? The Moody Chef is a café with which I’d be happy to be on a first name basis. Located in St Leonard’s on a relatively quiet side street, we joined lots of other lunchtime customers who found the spacious and friendly interior as the perfect place to escape the grotty weather of a wild and windy Saturday.

mushroom bruschetta: perfect eggs on top of meaty mushrooms

I’ll admit, I looked up the menu online before we arrived and I’m glad I did, otherwise it would have taken me forever to order. Despite the great looking lunch menu, I generally find an all day breakfast section hard to resist and this time was no exception. In fact, we all decided to have breakfast for lunch.

poached eggs with spinach, feta and lentil ragu
For me, it was eggs all the way- with around six different poached egg items to choose from, I went half and half on the mushroom bruschetta with pesto, Parmesan and poached eggs ($16.90) as well as the poached eggs with pumpkin, feta and lentil ragu ($16.90). Both meals were delicious. Generous in size, the eggs were the perfect balance between soft and hard and the mushrooms on the bruschetta were the meaty, flat cap variety and they were lovely. Both dishes came with golden brown sourdough, a great compliment.

banana and blueberry pancakes: a tower of fluffiness

We also ordered two serves of the blueberry and banana pancakes ($16.90). Stacked three to a serve and topped with Mascarpone and candied walnuts, these were light, fresh and seriously tasty. The fresh berries cut through the maple syrup sweetness and with no heavy batter or floury flavour that often accompanies café made pancakes, this dish was a winner.

Despite being happy with our choices, there were many other menu items I’d like to try, namely the Nutella pancakes and the slow roasted lamb melt. I also spied a delectable looking cinnamon scroll sitting in the dessert display case as we made our way out at the end of the meal and waddled back to our car. With so many more things to try, I’d say there will be many more visits in our future. So Moody Chef, let’s get acquainted- I think you are someone who should definitely know my name!

Rating: 8/10

Where: 1/30 Atchison St, St Leonards NSW 2065
Why: an enjoyable cafe you can book
Cost: $15-$18 a meal
When: Mon—Fri 6am-5pm.
Sat 7am-3pm

Good for kids: no
Take away: yes

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