My partner and I were kindly invited back to Todd & Pup to try out their new Summer menu. We thoroughly enjoyed our last visit so were looking forward to trying out the new menu.
Location, ambiance & service
Todd & Pup is located on a quiet suburban street, close to plenty of side streets with parking available. Unfortunately there weren’t too many dogs dining on this morning, but it is a dog-friendly cafe nonetheless.
It was quite a humid day and we were seated inside which was a little bit too warm for my liking, due to the hot kitchen.
The service was great and friendly, I couldn’t fault any of the lovely staff. Unfortunately, however, there was a long wait to receive our meals. Normally I don’t mind waiting at restaurants as it gives time to enjoy the company of your fellow diners, however, this was just too long for breakfast.
We ordered two mochas in a mug, which were delivered to our table very quickly. The coffees were smooth and creamy, super delicious.
We really wanted to try the Fried Chicken Benedict, although were told that the chefs weren’t serving that dish on that day. Perplexed and disappointed, we chose other dishes.
My partner ordered the Festive Breakfast – ham off the bone, basil, red wine glaze, peach, poached eggs, bocconcini and sourdough ($19.00). He found the serving size to be very generous (particularly the amount of ham off the bone), and that the flavours mixed well together. However, that the consistency of the peach (very very crunchy) did not suit well with the textures of the other elements of the dish. Also, the temperature of the poached eggs (hot) did not suit well with the temperature of the other ingredients (all cold, save for the toast). So although the flavours mixed well, the consistency and temperatures didn’t.
I ordered the Summertime Avo – cheesemelt, smashed avo, fetta, sweet pickled chilli, poached eggs, macadamia, spring onion and hot sauce with haloumi on the side ($24.00). A very delicious and decadent meal. I didn’t quite understand what cheesemelt meant, but I was stoked to receive a full-on toasted cheese sandwhich topped with the ingredients. Although I expected the chilli flavour to be more sweet, it was very spicy, so be careful of this. I wasn’t a fan of my choice to add haloumi, as the dish which was already very VERY cheesy itself. Lastly, the poached eggs were too firm. However, I really enjoyed this dish overall – it was decadent and the flavours suited so well together.
Todd & Pup is a great suburban gem with a comfortable dog-friendly ambiance. Unfortunately we weren’t as impressed as our last visit – there are a couple of issues with the dishes and the speed of delivery which we didn’t overly enjoy.
West End Gem was invited to dine at Todd & Pup however these views are entirely my own.