I've driven past this cute little cafe in Blackburn hundreds of times and never ventured in...but on this fateful (and lazy) weekend I decided to give it a shot.
There was a lack of a line walking in which is always a good thing if you get as hangry as I do. The interior is very light and modern with an outdoor seating area which allows you the make the most of the sunny mornings. The menu holds your usual suspects such as egg benny and smashed avo so not too many surprises there. The real surprise was once the dishes started coming out.
I don't usually expect too much of local cafes as they often aren't that pretty or unique but this was truly the exception. The Eggs Benedict and Cured Salmon (diced tomato, avocado,capers, soft herbs, poached egg and sweet potato crisps) were both vibrant and colourful when they hit the table and matched that with their light flavours. I particularly enjoyed the Cured Salmon as it wasn't too filling and the addition of the sweet potato crisps added a bit of fun and texture to the dish.
As always, I had to follow up with some dessert. The pancakes (passionfruit curd, caramelised pineapple, coconut, macadamia praline and lime marscapone) were beautifully tangy to cut through the sweetness. My only complaints are that it was still slightly too sweet and the pancakes were quite dense, with my preference being towards a fluffier pancake.
Overall, Aunt Billie's pleasantly surprised with its well-balanced food and laid back atmosphere that makes it a good place to head for a local brunch date.
Presentation (5) : 3
Taste (5) : 4
Service (5) : 2
Atmosphere (5) : 3