Saturday, August 13
Portico on Sturt
Farewell Ballarat :( last month we were at Portico on Sturt, a new cafe on Sturt street. An artsy cafe, with affiliations to the film society, the writer's centre and the Ballarat Foto Biennales. It seems that Portico on Sturt is a new project of the owners of Portico at 203 Dana St.
Location: 31 Sturt St - see map. A new cafe on Sturt street!
Website: the official website and information on AGFG, urbanspoon and the FB group!
Price: the menu is available on the cafe website, however I've included the drinks menu as that doesn't seem to be loading properly. Prices were $6.50 for baguettes, ~$10 for tapas, ~$30 for dinner mains, $4 to $5 for hot and cold drinks.
Smoked chicken baguette - with "avocado, sundried tomato mayo & greens". The bread was crispy, served warm. And the chicken was accompanied by a mild sweet relish. Pleasant, but not special. Plus I remember buying a baguette double that portion in Melbourne CBD for the same price!
Hot chocolate - not too sweet, not too watery, and with a lovely layer of frothed milk. But being spoilt with hot chocolate made from melted chocolate, such as that from the Chocolate Mill or various hot chocolate places in the city, it's hard to be content with powdered hot chocolate. Because, well, powdered hot chocolate really does have a strange powdery taste to it.
Frou frou cordial shots - I was curious what the cordial shots were about. The cordial was served in a small shot glass, next to a tall glass of plain soda water.
Other: because the cafe was newly opened, it felt like a huge mansion seated with only two tables of customers. The interior design was interesting, a mix of arches and fancy wallpapers, modern lighting, and graffiti art all along the counter (see below).
Rating: 3/5 the cafe has an unique feel, and would be a good environment when it's buzzing with customers. Food was average but I would need to taste a few more tapas and mains to make a fair comment.