Greek and Mediterranean aren't two words you would normally describe brunch with but Medah Kitchen attempts to do the impossible and make it work. Located in the newly revamped Knox Ozone it embodies the revitalised Knox atmosphere but does the food stack up?
Medah Kitchen is surrounded by a couple of chain restaurants and as a result has a lot of atmosphere and hype around it...but doesn't do much to generate any itself. A bit boring and staff being less than attentive, it was a let down as a first impression. Let's hope the food could even out the score and live up to expectation.
First up we had the Mixed Grill Brekky (Spanish chorizo sausage, crumbed lamb cutlet, bacon, fried eggs, toast). This was quite eye catching when being served with an overflowing plate of meats and eggs. All the elements were cooked perfectly but there was little provided to create a cohesive dish apart from the yolk. There needed to be some sort of sauce or freshness to brighten things up.
Next up was the Pulled Port Benedict (Poached eggs, toasted brioche, braised pulled pork, hollandaise, chilli slaw, lime and coriander dressing) which is my standard dish to judge a cafe. The hollandaise and eggs were perfect and the buttery bread really upped the flavour stakes. The downside of this dish though is that the bread was so soft and sponge like that it added little texture...creating a very soft and same same dish.
The expected highlight of the cafe was the Medah French Toast (Brioche, berries pannacotta, berries compote, berry coulis, nuts, passionfruit, fresh berries, vanilla waffle) that has been all over Instagram of late. Unfortunately...it was just very mushy (lack of a better descriptive word). The pannacotta and the bread just didn't make sense on the same plate. They tasted like two different dish that were combined together. In addition to that the accompaniments to the french toast just seemed like an assortment of 'trendy' fruits and sweets to make it pretty and interesting. Really lacked the taste and texture to really stand out and be truly 'delicious'.
Overall, Medah Kitchen is a great local addition to the Knox area with very few other brunch options. Great place to enjoy if you're up for a quick brunch and live in the area but if you want a really good brunch then take the time to head a little closer into town to get the best.
Presentation (5): 2
Taste (5): 3
Service (5): 2
Atmosphere (5): 3