I thought we should try something different for Mothers Day. Go a little further than our usual dim sum lunch or eggs benedict brunches. I found The Attic which would be a little bit different with its African/Australian inspired menu. I was pleased to find that it was a cosy little hole in the wall type venue with seating upstairs. It really is an attic.
Jay’s parents have never been anywhere like this and joked that the food will be coming in clay. I said it might be the case! To them, this restaurant hasn’t been done up because the walls haven’t been painted and the chairs were stools. Hahaha. I explained that this is considered trendy these days.
Here’s Mamiji with the juices ($6). The fresh juices were really good. On the left is the Uplifter - a refreshing blend of pear and apple in it. There is the antioxidant rich blazing sun, a beetroot and apple blend (on the right) and Mamiji’s summer soother (middle) – a blend of carrot, apple and ginger.
Jay could not resist ordering the sweet muffins ($3.50 each) - raspberry and white chocolate on the left, carrot with cream cheese frosting on the right. These were fabulous. Soft, moist and flavoursome without being overly sweet. I really wanted to try the chocolate and beetroot cake but I was too filled up by the end of the meal.
Jay and I ordered a salad bowl ($12.50) to make up for the meat laden meals we had recently. The salads displayed were so fresh and inviting. It is easy to go healthy here. The salads du jour were the beans with feta and cous cous salad. All fresh, all really crunchy goodness. Salt seems to be under used so add some if you like.
For his main, Jay had the chicken wrap which had generous chunks of chicken, purple cabbage and other crunchy vegetables in a creamy dressing. It tasted healthy but lacked salt. Is there something I am missing here? Perhaps this is a restaurant catered to people with high blood pressure?
Mom had the chicken curry pie with a side of salad. She didn’t think much of it – saying it didnt have much flavour and lacking in gravy. The pastry was beautifully flaky though.
Dad’s steak sandwich seemed to have satisfied him but I didn’t think too much of it when I tried some. There were flavours from the caramelised onions and the steak was tender enough to bite through – it was just that the flavours needed to be heightened. I don’t think I’ve realised just how important salt is.
My Shakshouka with Chorizo ($18) had a lot more flavour than anyone else’s meal and I think it is because of the chorizo. There were generous chunks of chorizo, red peppers along with the poached eggs. However, I would not call the dish particularly tasty too. I expected a lot more and it fell flat on me.
The Attic is a really cool venue. The staff were excellent in terms of service. The coffees and juices are great and so were the muffins that we tried. The menu was interesting, however most of the lunch items fell flat in terms of flavour. Will we return? Quite unlikely.