A few weeks ago I tasked Ryan with finding a brunch place that was easy to get to and served light and healthy brunch fare. Square and Compass has been on my radar for a while, but I didn’t realise just how close it was to the cbd until Ryan bought it up!
Behind Square and Compass’ unassuming red brick interior there is a sleek and modern café. We were seated near the front of the café, and although the tables were a little bit squished together I loved the natural light on my back. There’s also a small courtyard out the back which I imagine would be lovely to sit in during Summer to lap up the sun.
After placing our orders I was surprised at just how fast everything came out! As per usual I had a tea and Ryan ordered a coffee.
I had the Californian super food salad with an additional side of orange cured trout. Initially I found this a bit bland, considering all the good stuff that was inside this salad, but the more I ate the more I enjoyed it. I think it’s just a case of being a bit inconsistently dressed and needing to have a few bites to mix all the ingredients. I really loved the slight chilli kick which contrasted with the sweet corn and goji berries.
$6 for a side of ocean trout is a bit on the expensive side, considering it lacked any citrus taste and wasn’t particularly different from any of the other house cured trouts that I have tried. However, seeing as most run of the mill cafes tend to charge a lot for regular smoked salmon from a packet this pricing here is on par. Not that I’m never going to stop being a bit miffed about it though!
If I were to ever have this salad again, rather than salmon I think that a poached egg would make a lovely addition. The yolk would really help dress and flavour the first few mouthfuls of salad and make the whole dish satisfying from start to finish.
Ryan had the open lamb sandwich with picked onions, mint, barberries, pomegranate, pine nuts and labne. When I snuck in a bite I found the lamb to be a bit on the dry side but it was definitely packed with flavour! Ryan said he really enjoyed it. When mixed together everything went down a treat.
Somehow, we managed to resist the call of the sweet buttermilk pancakes and promised that we would come back to try them out at a later date.
For a café that ticks all the rights boxes it was surprisingly not packed! I was relieved that we didn’t have to wait for a table. Although throughout our meal there were certainly a lot of people milling around the front, waiting for take away coffee. I think the locals know that they are onto a good thing at Square and Compass and keen to keep it that way before the buzz gets out onto the street.