I love visiting Stones Corner, particularly on a Saturday morning. Little known fact about me is that I am an avid op-shopper, so enjoy wandering around those in the neighbourhood. We were very excited to be invited to visit Lady Marmalade – every time we drive past Stones Corner it is packed to the rafters, which is normally a good sign!
Location, ambience & service
The cafe has recently been renovated by the owners, Sonya and Howard, to expand into a neighbouring store. Despite this expansion, the cafe was fully packed at 8AM!
The cafe has a lovely neighbourhood feel to it, the staff are very friendly and attentive to all diners. The furnishing, and the service, makes you feel as if you are dining at a friend’s house.
Coffee was delicious, but not one which was particularly memorable (compared to the food, which we will get to!).
I ordered the famous Gringo Waffle – chilli cornbread waffle topped with savoury wagyu mince, minced chorizo, fontina cheese, avocado and black bean salsa, sour cream and fried egg and garnished with guindilla chilli pickles ($18.50). Very unique combination, and a spin on the classic nachos. Although the chilli cornbread waffle didn’t taste particularly different to any other waffle I’ve had, the combination of flavours worked so well together and it sure was an indulgent and delicious meal.
My partner ordered the special recommended by Howard – another waffle meal but this one topped with duck marryland, fried egg, candied pecans and sweet chilli glaze. He definitely won the meal lottery, what I tried of this meal was absolutely amazing. The duck was super tender and matched so well with the spicy and sweet glaze. The candied pecans added a nice crunch with the yummy fried egg.
We also had the opportunity to try the Cherry Pie French Toast – with vanilla custard, cinnamon crumb and burnt caramel ice cream ($18.50). Normally I am not a fan of french toast, because it can be quite dry. However this french toast was a real treat, having warm cherry compote sandwhiched in between. Each bite was moist and delicious. The cinnamon crumb and burnt caramel ice cream were very very sweet, definitely not for the faint-hearted! The vanilla custard was quite ordinary, but to be honest I think the dish needed it to balance out the sweetness!
We really enjoyed our visit to Lady Marmalade, the food was excellent. We are excited to get back there (if we can ever get a seat given how busy it is!). They have also started serving dinner on Friday and Saturdays, and the menu looks super delicious!
West End Gem was invited to dine at Lady Marmalade Cafe but these views are entirely my own