09 Jul Ciel Cafe, Southbank
Hidden behind a discreet shopfront, Ciel Cafe is actually quite a spacious place. Despite the high ceilings and openness of the space, there’s still a sense of warmth and cosiness.
The Matcha Latte is strong and smooth – one of the best I’ve had of late. Roasted Cauliflower comes with beetroot hummus, kale and cherry tomato dukkah, and also a surprising amount of quinoa underneath. Their Carbonara is done without the adulteration of cream. Fettuccini is topped with smoked bacon oil, parmesan and a 63 degree egg ready for mixing.
Our highlight is the Pork Belly Burger, which features so much crispy pork belly that you’ll probably have to deconstruct it. The pork belly is teamed up with sriracha mayo, pickled cucumber and carrot, peanuts, fried egg and coriander. If that isn’t filling enough, you’ll also get sweet potato chips on the side. The pork belly is indeed crisp on the outside and juicy within, and the pickled cucumber and carrots balance out the richness of the protein.
It’s easy to walk past without noticing it, but Ciel’s large serves and tasty fare make it worth looking for.