For the longest time ever, I’ve wished for a cafe to be within walking distance from my abode. Finally! My wishes are finally granted, and cute little cafe is now just a roll-down-a-hill away.
The cafe is beautifully furnished with wooden tables complimented with gorgeous copper stools, and vintage lights hanging from the ceiling. Towards the back of the cafe is a custom drawn ram by the cafes graphic designer, which is replicated at the back of their menus.
I foresee myself returning to Mad Ram in the near future, as there were so many dishes that sounded so good. In the end, we settled for a dish from their menu and two dishes from their specials menu.
For this week’s cheat meal I ordered the Popcorn Waffles – White miso caramel, caramelised banana, vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate ganache. If you’re a sweet tooth, you will love this dish – the waffles were crisp on the outside and fluffy on the inside. The white miso caramel, vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate ganache complimented each other well and was paired perfectly with the waffles. I like the addition of popcorn for texture. As for the caramelised banana, it was slightly softer for my liking and would have liked it if it still had a little bite to it. Other than, I would highly recommend this dish.
My friend Nick ordered one of the specials of the day which was a salmon steak that has been marinated and barbecued, topped with pickled onions, prosciutto, lemon and dill crème fraîche, poached egg, which is served on a piece of sour dough (Burnham bakery). Nick was raving how amazing the dish was. Here’s hoping Mad Ram keeps this on their menu so that I can get to try it before they change their menu.
Nick and I also tried Mad Ram’s other special which is a vibrant and beautiful blue algae smoothie bowl topped with seasonal fresh fruit. It was incredibly refreshing for yesterday’s hot weather and Nick ended up polishing the 95% of the smoothie bowl lol.
Welcome to the neighbourhood Mad Ram, a great addition to the community and can’t wait to revisit again to try the other dishes. I would highly recommend this cafe – worth the drive and a place to stop by if you’re travelling through to Yarra Valley.