08 Sep Legacy, Camberwell
With a free afternoon, I found myself free to explore a bit more of the cafe scene in Camberwell. Legacy has a very discreet, non-descript shop front with full-length tinted windows, and after surviving the horror that is Camberwell Junction, I drove past it a few times before eventually realising it was next to Beacons.
Walking through the front door your eyes might be immediately drawn to the house made donuts right at the window. Unfortunately I have no photos to show you, but they looked delicious. Apart from at the front of the cafe, there aren’t many windows, but the lighting, pale timbers and exposed brick make it feel like a cosy secret hideaway, almost a reflection of its inconspicuous facade. The front section of the cafe is dominated by a large communal table with bar stool seating, but down the side and next to the kitchen, a number of tables with seats can be found.
The food menu seems to draw on a number of influences. As well as egg dishes, hotckaes and porridge, you might find things ranging from seared sesame tuna tataki, to buttermilk fried chicken. There’s even a dish by the name of “Little somethin’, somethin’ “, which includes miniature versions of their acai graniola, croissant, smashed avocado with egg and an orange juice for someone who genuinely feels like eating a little bit of everything, or maybe the indecisive.
The drinks list is about as long as the food menu, covering the usual options of tea and coffee, but also juices, milkshakes and raw superfood smoothies.
One of the dishes that’s been floating around on Instagram quite a lot recently is the fritters. Made with sweet potato, kale and amaranth, the fritters were topped with goats cheese, Kaiser bacon, cherry vine tomato chutney and an optional poached egg. Rather than being crumbled, the goats cheese was smeared onto the top-most fritter just underneath the chutney. I found it to be a bit too thick, and in addition to the chutney, there were generally too many tart elements in the dish. The Kaiser bacon was very good though and I wished there was more! Its savouryness was needed to balance out the sourness from the other elements. The perfectly poached egg helped to smooth out all the flavours, and reduce some of the sticky mouthfeel from the goats cheese; I’d definitely recommend trying it with the egg. The fritters themselves were deliciously crispy on the outside with a moist inner.
With friendly staff, a laid back atmosphere and a menu that provides such variety, Legacy seems set to be a new Camberwell favourite.