Tinker, Northcote 3070

I have been looking forward to visiting Tinker for as long as I can remember but the long waits have always scared me. The time has come though - my  highly anticipated dining experience at Tinker!

Surprisingly, the gloomy Sunday that I decided to visit didn't have too much of a wait - 25 mins max. Got a seat outside that was comfy and roomy and had quite a bit of coverage so no weather worries here. Got  a bit of a peak inside so I can understand the considerable waits it's known for - quite a small and squishy space but I guess they make the most of it.

Foodwise there was only really one savoury I came here for - the Eggs Benedict (Jalapeno and sweet potato rosti, bacon, avocado, two poached eggs, hollandaise). I found the the waffle was one of the highlights with its strong flavours of jalapeno and sweet potato that really spiced things up, taking the waffles to the next level. They were a bit dense though. The dish also needed more hollandaise sauce! You can never have too much sauce on an eggs benny and the dish really needed it as it was a bit dry and needed to tie the flavours together. Overall - an eggs benny that packs a punch that I can really appreciate.

Next up the Jaffa Hotcakes (Orange blossom hotcakes, orange curd, dark chocolate swirled meringue, strawberries and vanilla marscapone) which strangely enough had no orange or jaffa flavour. Ignoring the name of the dish though I loved this. It was fluffy and the meringue and cream were the perfect accompaniment to the fluff. The fruit was also a welcome addition to add some pop to the dish though I would've loved a bit more freshness with some more fruit or syrup to sweeten things up. Fluffy, creamy and fresh - what more could you possibly want in a hotcake?!

Last up but probably Tinker's most hyped dish - the Mango & Saffron Pannacotta (Vanilla, almond and cranberry granola with strawberries, passionfruit, raspberry and coconut). So light and refreshing that I honestly could not put my spoon down for this one. The pannacotta was nice and smooth - perfectly executed. I did find myself wanting more flavour in the pannacotta though as the saffron and mango flavours were faint in the dish with more focus on the creaminess. The granola was a nice crunch and the fruit was a nice pop that added some great additional flavour and texture (gotta love that crunch!). It was coated with honey which helped blend it in with the sweetness of the pannacotta - creating a perfect harmony, YUM!

A mandatory mainstay of the Melbourne Brunch scene that is definitely worth the hype so - HEAD THERE NOW! It will shock you with its beauty, laid back atmosphere and most of all - the yum factor!

RATINGS

Presentation (5): 5

Taste (5): 4

Service (5): 4

Atmosphere (5): 4.5

TOTAL: 17.5/20

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